A youth charity is putting together a virtual reality experience to showcase youth talent which will feature performances and a multi-dimensional art exhibition.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, youth organisations have had to think creatively and move services online to ensure they were able meet the needs of young people and provide them with levels of comfort during this unprecedented time.

The Music Relief Foundation based in Thornton Heath is presenting a Young Artist – Immersive Spring Show in a virtual format on Saturday May 23 at 1 pm.  

Working with expert musicians and motion technology practitioners, the charity has developed a 360 degree DIY transformative, interactive, gallery experience that brings together the best of music, art augmented, and virtual reality. 

A cumulation of the work of its online tutorials in motion art and music, is a special rendition of Ben E. King – Stand by Me and a remixed version of Bill Withers classic Lean on Me sang by MRF’s youth ambassadors.

MRF is also inviting submissions from young people to showcase their artistic talents. 

The shortlisted pieces will be exhibited in its virtual gallery. The themes are ‘positivity and mental health’, both highly relevant given the current global situation surrounding COVID-19. 

The MRF is accepting entries via email: office@music-relief.org in the form of poems, spoken word, photos of sculptures, graffiti work, drawings, and paintings. The event will be streamed worldwide via the charity’s YouTube channel with links given out once registration is completed. 

MRF CEO, Magdalene Adenaike, said: “We are excited to present this show during this difficult time, exhibiting the wonderful work of the young people spreading positive vibes and happiness at such a time as this.”