Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 17:00

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and online youth broadcaster SBTV are calling on bedroom MCs, vocal divas, mix-masters and wannabe rappers to show exactly what they can do by contributing to an online mash-up track to promote peace among young people. The Peace Mix challenge gives young people aged 16 – 24 a chance to think about what peace means to them and to communicate this through music, beats or lyrics. Winning contributors will be invited to enter the Peace Mix Play Off final at the Eden Project on August 16.  

Anyone can record their contributions over a skeleton track available at www.peacemix.co.uk.  The track is curated by SBTV and inspired by the New Day Foundation (NDF), a group founded by former gang members in Birmingham.  After ten years of fighting they have decided to focus on building a more peaceful future in their community and want to encourage others to do the same through the Peace Mix campaign.

The Peace Mix Play Off final will take place in The Core at Eden from 7pm -10.30pm and is open to the public. The winning entries will then join BIG, SBTV and NDF at a star-studded gig to reveal the peace anthem at London’s prestigious Roundhouse on 28 August.  The track will be officially available to download on International Peace Day on 21 September.

Sophie Maher, Creative Manager at the Eden Project said: “We are thrilled to be involved in a project with such a big reach, bringing such varied young musical talent together from across the UK.  The competition here at Eden epitomises what we are about: getting people of different backgrounds together to celebrate and share experiences- and in this case- to spread a message of peace through music.”

Chart-toppers, Rizzle Kicks, who are supporting the campaign, said: "Peace Mix is a wicked project. Every young person should be able to explore their musical talents, whatever their background. We want to see the UK's newest talents coming through so get involved!"

Linda Quinn from BIG commented: “This is a great opportunity for not only musicians, lyricists, MCs, songwriters and poets to come forward to showcase their talent but for all young people to support their peers and to be part of our peace themed collaboration track.  This is a ground-breaking partnership where BIG acts as more than just a funder, and is able to bring people and organisations together to create a campaign that reaches out to young people across the UK to promote peace and understanding and make a positive difference in their community.“

Peace Mix was created after BIG and NDF joined forces to give young people across the UK a voice and the opportunity to be part of a campaign that promotes peace.  

Peace Mix has brought together a broad range of partners including urban youth charity XLP, social enterprise education through music education charity Blastbeat, youth engagement agency Livity plus community groups, the voluntary sector, youth organisations and regional charities.  Together they hope to offer young people the encouragement and resources they need to improve their life-chances and realise their full potential.

Entries to the competition end on Monday, August 13. The Peace Mix Play Off final event at Eden on August 16 is a free event and open to the public but guests must register to get a ticket by e-mailing boxoffice@edenproject.com or call 01726 811972 for details and booking.

For more information please visit www.peacemix.co.uk or follow on @PeaceMixUK.