Youth market set to return

Local Artist Claire Pearce is pictured at her stall in Belper Market Place on Saturday
Local Artist Claire Pearce is pictured at her stall in Belper Market Place on Saturday

A pioneering event which aims to foster Belper’s young creative talent and combat unemployment is set to return next year.

Belper Youth Market was launched in May, when young dancers, singers and entrepreneurs came together to perform and sell their wares on the Market Place during the town’s arts festival.

Now, organisers have confirmed the innovative attraction will be held again next Summer and are appealing for young people, secondary schools and youth organisations to get involved.

The idea is to encourage young people to experience the world of business, gain entrepreneurial experience and showcase their creative and organisational skills.

Organiser Kathy Fairweather, of Transition Belper, said: “ The Belper School board of governors have already expressed an interest and we are appealing for many more organisations’ to get involved.

“We need young people to help organise the event, which would be invaluable experience for them and be of great benefit for the CVS/university applications. We also need budding entrepreneurs and entertainers to take part on the day and finally, we would like to ask local businesses to get involved by either helping fund this project, or to provide business advice and practical help to the young peopleinvolved.

“We believe that this event will encourage young people to enter the world of business; it will give them invaluable experience of how to market themselves and their products and will also give them a chance to make some money on the day which will, hopefully, provide them with some funds to keep their enterprises going in the future.

“There are large numbers of young people leaving schools and universities with little work experience and limited knowledge of the business world.”

More than 24,000 young people aged 16-24 are unemployed in the East Midlands.

Among the stalls and performers expectedon the day are handmade jewellery and clothes; vintage and second hand clothing, music, films and books; original artwork, photographic art; quirky craft items; designer stationery; soft furnishings; homemade food and refreshments; home grown fruit and vegetables, flower arrangements; music performances; story telling; dancing; comedy shows; face painting; nail art; hair and beauty advice and makeovers.

To get involved, contact Kathy by email on or ring her on 07779412702