Try DJing, scratching and street art at Turntablism festival at Highcross

If you’ve ever fancied becoming a DJ, then an event happening later this month will give you the chance to give it a try and see if you’ve got what it takes. Leicester-based arts and education organisation Pedestrian is celebrating its 25th anniversary by holding Turntablism festival “Back to our Roots”.

It will take place at the Highcross shopping centre from Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22. There will be sessions for all ages, with themes including DJing, spray art and music-making, plus masterclass by World DMC Champion Jon 1st and Leicester legend Wavey.

According to charity Pedestrian, over the last 25 years, it has supported more than 62,500 children and young people experiencing disadvantages and challenges across Leicester, Leicestershire and beyond. So, to celebrate this milestone, Pedestrian is taking us all back to where it began.

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Pedestrian started as a Turntablism collective set up by a group of friends in late 1997 as a vehicle for providing training to 11-24 year olds in the creation of music using vinyl records and turntables, or Turntablism.

Hema Badger-Mistry, director at Pedestrian, said “We are delighted to announce our Turntablism Festival celebrating the rich history of the organisation whilst giving a new generation of children and young people the chance to have a go at older artforms so pop along to the Highcross and there will be something for all ages whilst supporting a good cause!”

According to Pedestrian, in 2004, The Tutoritool™; The world’s first interactive turntablism tutorial vinyl tool was produced by the charity. The product was created in order to teach and inspire the next generation of artists and turntablists, and evolved through three versions, achieving international recognition.

Pedestrian says it uses the arts and creativity as a vehicle to engage, empower and enrich children and young people’s lives, who experience challenges and disadvantages. Since 1998, Pedestrian has been delivering high quality creative activity providing education, training and outreach projects for children and young people in Leicester and beyond.

Sessions at the Turntablism festival need to be pre-booked. You can do this by going to

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