#Routes2Roots inspires and challenges young people to EXPLORE heritage, culture and identity.

#Routes2Roots is a multi-media campaign running from May 2015 - September 2016 questioning what heritage, identity and culture means to young people in Birmingham. We want to encourage and support more young people and youth groups to explore projects and ideas which are inspired by their heritage.

 
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Sampad Routes2Roots On The Road audio files from HLF project 'My Route'


Sampad Routes2Roots On The Road
Sampad Routes2Roots On The Road

Sampad Routes2Roots On The Road

 

                                                          Co-creator creative interpretations on Routes2Roots: On The Road venues

City of Colours

This is what you call the unexplained
This is life in colour, this is life to entertain
To travel through the ages in an underground train
When the mutter from the gutter is to shut up and obey
And suddenly a change
One time segregated, now we get to integrate
Get the brick and get the paint
Tell your story, bring your dead
Gogh that wall anyhow, the canvas of our own town
That's regeneration, cause it ain't black and white
To grow fruits you need roots and it starts inside
In your cranium, used by the best of them
To amplify the things that live within your mind
They say a rose is a rose is a rose
And you can draw rows and rows of prose
Just to see the writing on the wall turn into an elephant, and know that art contains the strength to make our city relevant.
Cause we all have a dream
And that dream's in colour
It has depth, it has breadth
It's not just words, words, words
Who dreams of words?
Who reads while comatose?
The projection is tangible, and that is all we need.
People love to underestimate graffiti
When this freedom comes from expressing yourself; when your freedom is there despite what they taught you
Like how your teacher saw your sketches and said it was algebra that would save X
(X = U, but B4 it was I & they wonder Y1 can't C sense);
And of course your little doodles can't even compare to Shakespeare who helped form the English language through prose and poetry...
I guess the truth won't always rhyme; the sky isn't always blue
The teacher doth protest too much methinks, and so do you
Let's travel down an empty road that seldom has a queue
And leave pieces of ourselves on the canvasses we use
This is what you call the unexplained
But not everything needs to be articulated

By Jaz Morrison & Aliyah Denton

www.cityofcolours.co.uk

Coffin Works

Did you ever wonder, where you'd take your final slumber, on a bed made of lumber, in a "penny dreadful" number
Many a days I wake, hammering at my trade, I see the image of rest
Who has the darkest humour, who box extended stuper, af-ter, 
In hope that I shall carve a coffin for a final place to play
another fallen trooper
I count the pennies in the place for hours
Coffin works is fairly unique in its clientele,
My tools have been indented into the shape of my limbs
| it treats with minister's crowns and all who have done well,
I am the extension of the beginning and the end.
I'd say swell but they ended underground, in the finest treasure to  sink  six  feet  down.
Transported through the ever after and the present,
Creating the final paradise. 
Crowned by heritage lottery, its where we go next, the reapers favourite buttery, or famed rest be berffed, their water cooler conversations would make you jittery, when it comes to this they're the best, believe me
The presence of this space runs through me. As time and trade both extensive and unique! 'Oh brother Newman'
Your celebrations of the new dance into earth! 
It's easy to see the artistry, every display is elegently shway, the Newman bros use the original tools of the trade, the old machinery is working day to day, you can see them to this day, funerals for the queen mother Churchill and Joseph Chamberlain
From heritage to roots, these coffins are the works of
My hands
Our hands

By Zeddie Lawal & Justyn Cooper

www.coffinworks.org

Friction Arts

We take our minds back to where this all started
Ticking time back to where this art started, isn’t this amazing
History repeating itself, itself repeating history
This mystery
Close your eyes, Take a step back, retreat.
From where our elders grew to where their ideas breathe
their legacies voices from their cemeteries
scriptures in their bones we take them in with our pedigree
Digest, regurgitate, digest and regurgitate again, 
taking in all that was given and all that was once died for and now lived for
We create change with our art, heal minds with our art, revive souls with our art
We are the change makers of today
Changes made by the bold and the brave
Stances held by the sold and the slaves
New thoughts new visions new minds free prisons
This is the journey of how big brum was made
Tour bus, buses tour, adventure time we now embark in
New seeds birthed into the minds of the wake
Take time to open your eyes
Look and see what lies before you
We take adventures to new limits
Breaking boundaries is what we do
Art addicts make magic with vibes ecstatic
Explore paradigms and connotations that bring life to pragmatics
Friction have brought thoughts to life. A small space in your bedroom to a stage for the masses
Empowering  young people “Young dreamers”
Surpassing the realms of dreams on shelves to making their mark from the moderns to classics
Let's push this fancy stuff to aside
Let's just get real with it
What are friction really about
(Friction are about passion)
Styling the streets of Birmingham with music drama and fashion
To bring creative new life together that may have never been birthed before

By Rochaé Stephens-Morrison & Raza Hussain

www.frictionarts.com

 

                        Routes2Roots Expo Day

On 10 September 2015, HLF and Beatfreeks brought together young people, youth groups and heritage organisations at Impact Hub Birmingham to meet and discuss ideas for new heritage projects. See how the day unfolded in this short film.


Meet our co-creator team!

We put out an open application process to bring 10 young co-creators together with the Team from HLF West Midlands to collaboratively create the #Routes2Roots campaign ensuring we are giving youth ownership over the campaign - after all, they know best how to engage more young people in heritage! 

We will be opening up the process again in September 2015 - keep an eye out here for more information.

Brand Ambassadors

As part of the Routes2Roots campaign, 9 influential people from Birmingham were selected to be Brand Ambassadors as well as 4 previous successful HLF applicants from Birmingham. See their content and videos on HLF YouTube channel and meet them below!

 

 

Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands (HLF) invites you to discover the heritage of one of Britain’s youngest cities; Birmingham! Join HLF for coffee mornings throughout the Routes2Roots campaign to talk about your project idea pre application. Want to talk about a project idea? Have a skeleton plan but need more guidance?

All slots for coffee mornings have now gone but we are booking in more so email amerah@beatfreeks.com to stay in touch about the next one!

We were delighted to host HLF and Beatfreeks’ Routes2Roots event at Impact Hub Birmingham. The space had a fantastic vibe to it, with people of all ages and backgrounds engaging on the things they are passionate about in the city. Birmingham is a young city and it was wonderful to see young people contributing and engaging on the heritage they share and contribute towards.
— Nikki, Head Host at Impact Hub Birmingham

Video series

In 2012, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) and Birmingham City University received a £21,200 Young Roots grant for their 'Style Africa' project. Young people were invited to explore the museum's West African textile collection and curate an exhibition to display the extensive range of materials to the public for the first time.

Birmingham-based entrepreneur and young businessman Dan Bridgewater is a brand ambassador for the Routes2Roots campaign. In this film he discusses what heritage means to him and why it's relevant to young people today.

Birmingham-based visual artist Ayesha Jones is a brand ambassador for the Routes2Roots campaign. In this film, co-created by HLF's young ambassadors, she discusses what heritage means to her.


Blog Series

Our countdown to Christmas includes 24 cool things to see in Birmingham.

Our countdown to Christmas includes 24 cool things to see in Birmingham.

Three top tips to writing an ace Young Roots application - Catherine Kemp

Three top tips to writing an ace Young Roots application - Catherine Kemp

The Best 5 Things About The West Midlands In My Entirely Biased Opinion - Nadia Hafedh

The Best 5 Things About The West Midlands In My Entirely Biased Opinion - Nadia Hafedh

Four fascinating facts about Brum - Elise Turner

Four fascinating facts about Brum - Elise Turner

         

Routes2Roots is a new campaign run by the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands and Beatfreeks aimed at inspiring young people to get interested in heritage. To launch the campaign, some of the young co-creators set off into Birmingham to film what heritage means to them. Get involved on Twitter: #Roots2Routes

New Street station has stood at the centre of Birmingham life for decades. As it undergoes a major redevelopment, the Midland Actors Theatre were awarded a £21,800 Young Roots grant to explore and bring to life the history of the famous train station.

The founder of Birmingham's Nubi Magazine Izzes Gayle shares his thoughts on how he explores the city's heritage and why social media means that it's hard to properly get to know people.


On a cold January day, we put on our costumes and went round Digbeth, looking for traces of the Italian Quarter. The Birmingham historian Carl Chinn had given us some tips.- By Hollie Wynde & Katie Tonks  

On a cold January day, we put on our costumes and went round Digbeth, looking for traces of the Italian Quarter. The Birmingham historian Carl Chinn had given us some tips.- By Hollie Wynde & Katie Tonks
 

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