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8 August 2013, 11:47
Young people in Newcastle are being given the chance to contribute to the high street - with the launch of a new project.
A youth take over campaign launches in Newcastle's city centre today aiming to give young Brits the chance to contribute to the city's culture and showcase their ideas in relation to the 'struggling' high streets.
Britain's high streets are suffering at the hands of the internet and modernisation of large out of town shopping centres.
Nearly half (46%) of young people in the North East perceive their local high street as dull and boring - while nearly a fifth (145%) would go as far as to say they don't visit their local high street at all.
Young talented people from across Newcastle and the North East, will be showcasing their skills at the opening of 'somewhereto_ re:store' on Newgate Street.
The event will act as a taster for what to expect from Newcastle's latest creative hub, including talks from young entrepreneurs, DJs, bands, dancers, artists and MCs including Newcastle hip hop rapper Terra T, DJ Bryce Fury, who recently played with Fatboy Slim.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the shop in the center of Newcastle will remain open for a month and will see a feast of youth-led activities, workshops, exhibitions, performances and showcases.
In the North East somewhereto_ is run by the Regional Youth Work Unit - North East, a charity in Gateshead that works across the region to improve the lives of young people.