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Flash mob launches Bright New Futures

2 September 2011

A flash mob performed yesterday by visually impaired young people helped launch the Big Lottery Fund’s £12million Bright New Futures programme.

Around 40 young people from performance arts group UCAN Productions stunned the crowds at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff with an impromptu dance routine to the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believin’ and Lady Ga Ga’s Born this Way.

People queuing to see the Sound of Music matinee were then entertained for a further 40 minutes by UCAN members singing in Welsh and English.

Jake Sawyers, 16, from Port Talbot, who is blind in one eye with 25 per cent vision in the other, took part in the flash mob.

He said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience. There was a fantastic reaction from the crowd when a couple of members started a seemingly random performance which ended with us all on the main stage. It was a fitting way to launch a programme that aims to give young people more opportunity.”

UCAN Productions’ co-founder and development manager Jane Latham said: “When the Big Lottery Fund asked us to do a flash mob we jumped at the chance. Everyone worked so hard practicing the routine during weeks leading up to the performance and it was worth it because they were all brilliant on the day. I’m sure it will be something that leaves a lasting impression on both the performers and people watching.”

The Big Lottery Fund’s Bright New Futures programme is making £12 million available for projects across Wales, working with young parents and or young disabled people aged 14 -25. It aims to build resilience of young people in Wales so that they have life skills, knowledge and the ability to manage key transitions in their lives.

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