We are very excited to announce that Aztec Events have announced Creative Youth as their Charity of the Year 2022! Read below to find out about all the exciting things Aztec are up to in the following year to help support our work engaging young people in the arts and cultural sector.
Aztec is pleased to announce that Creative Youth has been named as its Charity of the Year in 2022 and has set a target of £6,000 which it will raise through a series of fundraising activities.
A team of between 8-9 employees will carry out the three-peak challenge in August 2022. The aim is to climb all three in just 24 hours. Starting with the ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland, the team will drive to, and then ascend Scafell Pike in England, then onto Snowdon in Wales, walking over 23 miles with ascents totalling more than 10,000 feet. A minibus will transport everyone between the peaks, driving a total distance of approximately 500 miles with the team attempting to sleep and eat as they travel.
In September 2022, a team of Aztec employees will join the iconic London to Brighton Cycle Ride. This is a 55 mile ride taking riders from Clapham Common through the North & South Downs and ending on Brighton sea front.
In addition to its fundraising efforts, Aztec has also pledged to donate audio visual equipment required for Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner at Glenmore House in Surbiton on 30th March 2022. Creative Youth produce the FUSE International Festival in Kingston-upon-Thames each summer and Aztec has pledged to provide audio visual equipment for the organisers free of charge.
“We have supported Creative Youth in various ways for over 10 years, but we have never formalised our support” explains Aztec’s Managing Director, John Robson. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we feel that young people need our help more than ever. We decided that making Creative Youth our Charity of the Year would be a great way to achieve this, plus we could encourage our own employees to support this amazing local charity in a truly fun and engaging way.”
CEO of Creative Youth Louise Coles said “Aztec have been huge advocates and supporters of Creative Youth for many years, and we are really pleased they have named us their official charity of the year. It has been an incredibly challenging time for young people. Our work remains more important than ever and it is a huge boost that local businesses, such as Aztec, recognise our vital role.”
Founded in 1989 and based in Chessington, Aztec has established an enviable reputation in live events, providing technical production and creative services to all types of events literally all over the world. The company is renowned for using its technical expertise to enhance the client experience, and thrives upon creating innovative solutions for events, ensuring that each experience is on brand, on message, and engages with its target audience.
Creative Youth is a charity based in Kington-upon-Thames. As the name implies, it was born out of an ambition to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people, which they define as ages 5 to 26. The first International Youth Arts Festival (now called FUSE International) was held at the Rose Theatre in 2009, and it has since grown to become the largest festival or its kind in the UK.
The charity is a local organisation with national and international reach that has nurtured and showcased a broad range of talent throughout the festivals, events and training programmes. They will also soon be launching a new and exciting creative space for young people in Kingston and surrounding areas.
Thanks to Creative Youth a minimum of 1,500 young people engage with, and benefit from, their involvement in the arts and creativity every year.