The first Alto comedy event is here! Tonight at Centrala! We’re really excited to bring you an incredible line up and a DJ set from the fabulous Bad Girls presents.
While you’re enjoying the festivities we’d love it if you could help us support some charities that are achieving big things locally and nationally. We’ll have some collection jars out for St. Basils and Arts Emergency - any extra pennies you can donate will go a long way!
Here’s a little more info on what these charities do, and why we’d love you to support them:
‘St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 5000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry’
St Basils’ Youth Hub is situated on Heath Mill Lane in Digbeth and is having a direct impact on the lives of young people Birmingham wide. Alto Comedy is happening in Digbeth and we’re so happy to be able to support a charity operating in the area. We want our event to have a positive impact on our hometown, be that from bringing the fun for your night out, or helping give back to communities who need it. Homelessness can affect anyone, for all manner of reasons. Giving young people support to get back on their feet is vital.
Here’s a link to their website if you’d like a bit more info. You can also donate online.
‘Founded by comedian Josie Long and campaigner Neil Griffiths to defend arts subjects as a viable path for anyone, from any background. From mentoring projects to album launches, we will change the lives of 1000’s of current and future students. With you, we can ensure the doors of the university are kept open for those most able to benefit from, but least able to pay for education. We are developing an online community to help talented students from under-represented backgrounds overcome inspirational and practical barriers to flourish as critical, creative adults. Low income does not mean low imagination, low ambition or low intelligence.’
Arts Emergency is a charity close to our hearts. We’ve seen first-hand how difficult it can be to get a foot in the door of an industry that often relies on unpaid workers, and let’s be honest, a degree of nepotism. The people who have access to the arts world are the ones telling our stories, creating our culture. Those voices all sounding the same has a hugely detrimental impact on our society, and for many young people careers in arts related sectors are perceived as unattainable. Arts Emergency are working to combat that. They offer practical assistance with this through their mentoring programme and a network of peer supporters who do anything from answer questions to help with finding work experience. But mainly they provide hope and aspirations to young people who might otherwise be discouraged from dreaming big.
Here’s a link to their website for more info. You can donate and/or sign up to their mailing list here:
Please bring along a little bit of change to help support some incredible causes. Of course, we understand that you might be pretty skint as well. If that’s the case, sharing info about the charities and raising awareness of their achievements is always very welcome too. See you tonight!