Young people

Apsara arts works with young people to inspire, encourage and help them reach their potential


The hub is for all young people 11+. The steering committee, supported by the main Apsara Committee, is made of five young people who get involved in decision making.

We also operate Jack Petchey award scheme whereby all young people nominate and select a young person for an award for their hard work and efforts. The award has proved a great incentive for many young people to develop their skills and has helped them to build confidence and self-esteem.

Our vision for this hub is for young people to have high aspirations; the opportunity to develop their potential; the
chance to be architects of their own future; to play a full part in society and to be valued and recognised for the
positive things they achieve.

Dance Drama

Eastside story’ a multi media dance drama exploring young people’s challenges living in multi cultural society. The award winning play was selected play for International Youth Festival in India
• ‘Lord & Ladies’ play for Exit theatre – 4 nights performance at Croydon Clocktower
• ‘Bollywood Breakfast Dreams’ – 4 nights at Croydon Youth Theatre


Young people’s Issue based films;
• ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Who am I’, ‘It’s different for Girls’ were created by young people through debate, arts &skill training
• ‘Who am I’ Young people discussing identity issues
• ‘It’s different for girls’ teenagers using drama to highlight gender issues.
• ‘Masala’ the film was selected for a youth festival at the National film theatre

carnival art

 ‘Dussehra Arts’ creating a carnival procession & performances at the Croydon International MELA.
• ‘Bollywood in the Park’ for Emergency Exit Art at the Croydon MELA
• ‘Runga Rung’ for Emergency Exit Art at South Bank & Norbury Park
• ‘Turn of Century’ with Mahogany Arts at Croydon Summer festival

Fashion shows

‘Fashion Recycles’ Young people learned to create their own outfit for a fashion show using leftover fabrics/beads/feathers and outfits from charity shop.
• ‘Cool London, Hot fashion’ A fashion show displaying British Asian fashion in London over the last four decades. Croydon Whitgift Centre.
• ‘Colours of Asia’ at Croydon Mela.
• ‘Tiffin’ a fashion show inspired by Asian food performed at World mela, Croydon Mela & London Mela.


Group outing selected by young people were organised to visit West end theatres, Museums, Galleries and National Parks. These social outings have proved to be a great bonding for the group and have helped their cultural learning and aspirations.