The Millennium Forum recently took some of its members of the Youth Musical production of Cats to engage with the local business community for a unique outreach project. ‘Mentor the Mentor’, in conjunction with Arts & Business NI and Ulster Bank, provided Ulster Bank staff in Culmore Road the opportunity to learn from young performers on dealing with nerves, performances and pitching, all key skills that are often required in the corporate environment.
Chris Mc Guinness, Local Director for Ulster Bank commented:
“We’re proud to be a key part of the communities that we serve. It’s through supporting initiatives like this with the Millennium Forum that we can really demonstrate meaningful help for our customers. Mentor the mentor has been really beneficial for our team and I would encourage any organisation with the opportunity to take part to explore how it might work for their business.”
Kate Livingston, Arts & Business NI also said: “Arts & Business NI were delighted to support this project. Mentor the Mentor is a prime example of how a local arts and business partnership can shape the skills development of young people in the community and the professional development of Ulster Bank employees.”
Cara Mc Cartney, Millennium Forum Sponsorship and Development Officer added:
“As a registered charity, the Millennium Forum is very grateful for the support of Ulster Bank and A&B NI, as this support enables the Millennium Forum to grow its community outreach projects, which benefit the local community. Mentor the Mentor was a great example of how people in the business community and young performers can learn from each other in a practical and fun way. The performance in the Culmore Road branch delighted customers and the boardroom workshop enabled the young performers to share their tips on dealing with performance nerves and how they prepare for presentations and auditions. This project engaged the business community with local arts in an informative and entertaining way – we even recruited a few back stage volunteers from Ulster Bank to help out with our Youth Musical, Cats!”
The Millennium Forum Youth Musical productions have been running for twelve years, working with and developing local young people from all areas of the community throughout the North West to stage a major musical production each summer. Some of the participants in previous Youth Musical productions have gone on to successful careers in the Arts/Entertainment world including Mairead Carlin (Celtic Woman), Dylan Reid (Once The Musical) and Rachel O’Connor (The Voice UK/Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games). With the help of sponsorship and funders, the Forum prides itself on keeping the experience complimentary and fully accessible for all participants.
Cats the Musical performs at the Millennium Forum from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th July. Tickets are now available from the Box Office. Telephone 71 264455 or visit millenniumforum.co.uk for bookings.
For more information on how your business can engage with the Millennium Forum, please contact Cara McCartney on 0287127285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.