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Lady Leshurr headlines free arts festival for young people

HEADLINER: Birmingham rapper Lady Leshurr

BIRMINGHAM RAPPER Lady Leshurr will headline a free arts festival organised by young people next week.

The 26-year-old star, who rose to prominence following the release of her Queen Speech 4 freestyle, which was later used by luxury designer Alexander Wang in his New York Fashion Week show, will play at Circuit: Affinity in Nottingham on November 6.

Circuit: Affinity forms part of Circuit Festivals, a pioneering season of large-scale festivals curated by young people launched this month and hosted by major art galleries across the country including, Tate Modern, Nottingham Contemporary and Kettleʼs Yard.

Circuit Festivals are programmed and produced by members of Circuit, a four year national programme for 15-25 year olds led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Built on both Tate and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s long-term work with young people, often in vulnerable situations, the peer-led festivals are home to local and international artists showcasing film, music, art, poetry and dance.

Circuit: Affinity is a free festival of art, workshops, music, film and performance from emerging local and international talent. Music will span hip hop, grime, R&B, indie and include live performances from MOBO-nominated Lady Leshurr.

Circuit Ambassador, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo said: "I’m so excited to be involved with the Circuit programme. It’s brilliant that arts venues across the nation are opening their doors and their minds to the perspectives of young people. So far the work that’s been done has been so insightful and interesting – these Circuit festivals will provide an even greater insight into just how talented 15-25 year olds can be when given a platform to express themselves."

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