Elevate Young Minds is pleased to announce EYM LX, a pop up festival for around 40 young artists in a cultural exchange based in Lisbon, Portugal. The one day festival will feature multidisciplinary art of all forms and is created around exploring connections and opening up cultural access to all.
This event was inspired by the passion of young collaborative artists and supporting artists on their ascent into the professional industry. At Elevate Young Minds, we believe it is important to foster and nurture artistic talent in all forms, and this exchange in Lisbon will provide opportunity to share work and to engage with others. Elevate Young Minds LX is made up of students from Leeds Beckett University (UK), artists from across the globe and volunteers and artists from Lisbon, Portugal.

Taking place on the 3rd September 2016 at EKA Palace, this festival will begin at 6pm and continue into the early hours of the morning. At EKA the artists will converge their diverse artistic mediums and approaches to create a fascinating one-day festival, combining theatre performances, street shows, concerts and an exhibition to reflect youth voice at an international extension.
Line up and ticket information is below:

Tickets: 3 Euro— Sale opens at 18:00

Exhibiting Artists: Beatriz Bagulho, Inês Brito, Alice Albergaria Borges, Madalena Wallenstein, Pedro Saúde, Sebastião Ribeiro Soares, Luana Sal, André Correia, Diogo Gama, Lisa Fernandes, Bárbara Faden, Carolina Caramujo

Film Artists: Clara Jost e Tiago Santos, Rita António, Cru Na and Ana Anix Antadze

Slam Poetry: Cru Na, Marco Galrito, Vitor Malvas, Ana Homem de Melo

Performance Line up (Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Concert)
18:30- (Outside) Stitch Theatre – Rise to Vertex. James Rowling, Martyna Kozanecka
19:30-( Inside) -This Land? Beth Ellis, Matthew Hill, Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin
20:00- (Outside) – Camisa
20:30 – (Inside) –Two, Daniel Phung and Kayleigh Price
21:00- (Outside) – Ossos D’Ouvido
21:30- interval – 30 min.
22:00 – (Concert room) – Império Pacífico
23:00 – (Concert room) – Morning Coffee
00h00 – (Concert room) – Maxi Zee
01h00 – (Schwarzwelt) – Vince Royce


We are also looking for volunteers from Portugal who are able to assist with the running of the festival, volunteers will need to be available on the 3rd September 2016 and passionate about supporting an arts based festival.

If interested please contact: admin@youngmindmatters.com 


If you’ve lived in a major city in the UK for a few years you can’t help but notice the number of homeless people and rough sleepers has increased exponentially in recent times. In fact the number has more than doubled since 2010, with 3569 people estimated to have been sleeping on the streets on any given night in 2015. This is a 30% increase since 2014 and 102% increase since 2010 when the figure was estimated at 1768.

So, an independent Manchester streetwear company headed up by two brothers have decided to do their bit to help with the problem. For every beanie the guys sell they will donate another beanie to a homeless person. As the saying goes, every little helps and an extra bit of warmth will go far in helping a person sleeping on the streets especially as the temperatures drop quite dramatically as day turns to night.

Brothers Sean & Andy Geaney set up We Are What We Are whilst at University and have been selling online and in a pop-up store in Affleck’s Palace ever since. The brothers come across humble and sincere on their blog post explaining the scheme;

“Without trying to sound too much like a Hollywood film, we really felt motivated and inspired to try and help out in some way. Yeah it’s only a hat, but unlike a lot of monetary donations, we will all know exactly where the whole hat is going. And yeah it’s not going to change the world, but this is the best way we can help at present, being a small independent business that is just about breaking even (don’t tell the shareholders).”

via MEN

via MEN

The brothers told the MEN; “We were inspired by people we spoke to on the streets. The togetherness and resilience of groups like the Ark and the level of positivity of people on the streets. Whether it was poem writing, singing or rubiks cube making. So we thought we would use the little platform we have and turn our helplessness into a bit of action.”

They also added; “The dream would be producing and selling enough so that we could provide some employment for those on the streets to help them get back on their feet. We’re in talks with who to donate the bulk of the hats to at the moment as we’re sure a charity is going to be better tooled up to manage the donation effectively. We also make sure that all our products are made ethically and are fair trade.”

Biggups to We Are What We Are, BUY A HAT HERE & check their links below.

We Are What We Are Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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Young minds matter

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Set at atlas studios and lead by Rob Felon, the studio houses up to 4000m2 of industrial backdrop of an old cotton mill situated in Bolton. We personally saw it as an artistic playhouse, there was endless possibilities in the studio, with dancer techniques ranging from ballet to breakdance. We were keen on letting this young minds loss in the studio, to improvise and develop interactive concepts for camera.
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our main focus was adapting the body to interact with the space, working with such old and forgotten space the goal was to bring it to life with a vast range of dynamic vocabulary.

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Being a student with a limited amount of money, shopping for clothes can be hard. Topshop is a favourite amongst many students with their range of endless, fashionable pieces, but the items’ price tags force most to end up browsing rather than buying. An alternative to high street stores are vintage shops and Sheffield offers some of the best in the country. Sheffield’s various vintage boutiques sell original pieces from every decade; clothes that are cheaper than Topshop’s but are the source of inspiration for the the high street store’s 70s floral skirts or 90s cropped shirts. Buying vintage clothes also makes you a little different and more interesting than everyone else, as well as the fact that you are supporting independent, local businesses. Walking around the city centre, it is easy to see who shops at vintage stores as their look is unique and the pieces that they wear are ones that I have never seen before, probably because in most vintage shops there is only one of everything available. This is a breath of fresh air for me, as coming from a small rural area with only three good clothes shops, everyone wears similar things and it is inevitable that you turn up to an event or a party wearing the same thing as at least one of your friends.

Olivia and Em, both sixth form pupils from Sheffield, told me that one of their favourite things about their city is its vintage shops. Olivia likes the fact that you will find most of Sheffield’s vintage treasures around the same area, meaning that when she goes clothes hunting, she doesn’t have to walk very far from shop to shop. From Syd and Mallory’s Emporium to Cow, there is no need to look further than West Street and the Division Quarter for unique finds. Olivia’s favourite is Freshman’s located on Carver Street, and it is not difficult to see why.


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One of the oldest vintage shops in Sheffield, the shop has existed on Carver Street for fifteen years. It is also one of the cheapest vintage boutiques, offering 10% to all students, and the same discount for non-students every Friday and Saturday from 12 until 3. If you like checked shirts, Freshman’s is the perfect place for you, selling an endless collection of multi-coloured ones on a long rail. Other clothes that stood out for me were the brown suede coats with cream shearling wool collars, tweed jackets, corduroy pinafores, and the box of tartan scarves which invites hours of rummaging.




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Just down from Freshman’s is The Forum; a small shopping centre with interesting boutiques inside. One of my favourite boutiques is Closet Treasure which has its own jewellery collection whilst also offering second-hand clothes from the likes of Topshop, H&M and Primark, including some vintage pieces. What is unique about this shop is that if you’re having a wardrobe clear out, you can take your unwanted items there and you will be given half the amount of money that each of your pieces sell for. Easier than EBay and an opportunity to support a local business, it is an ideal compromise. Next to The Forum is Vulgar; a bright, colourful vintage store that has been open since July. The clothes inside are eye-catching, from corduroy shirts to beanie hats and Doc Marten boots. There are even deer antlers available for £15, and a glass case on the counter showing off mesmerizing rings with little different coloured stones on them.




Vintage jewellery is sometimes more interesting than vintage clothes as they add detail to an outfit and it is interesting to imagine a story behind each special piece. Different to the other boutiques, Filibuster and Booth’s on Division Street only sell vintage jewellery. The owners buy the jewellery from different areas around Europe and have been doing so for as long as 45 years. Everyone wants to know exactly where the jewellery is from, but the owners refuse to conceal their secret sources, only letting me know that they do quite a lot of work in Belgium. As well as browsing customers who spend hours hunting for unique pieces to buy for themselves or as gifts, there is a group of women who go in regularly to buy broken brooches in quantities to make wedding displays. The shop is also ideal if one is looking for costume jewellery or materials for art work.


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One of my favourite vintage shops, again on Division Street, is Mooch Vintage. This shop is always bustling with people; newcomers and regulars alike. It is worth becoming a regular at this store, mostly because of the owner, Wayne; an extremely friendly and chatty character who becomes friends with customers and helps them find exactly what they’re looking for. When collecting weekly new stock from his warehouse, he even picks out and keeps pieces that he knows will suit a friend. “I saw this and thought of you” I heard him say to one customer one day, handing her an emerald coloured fur coat and encouraging her to try it on. New customers also know to ask at the counter for specific things, be it an idea for a hobbit fancy dress costume for Halloween, or a fifties inspired dress for a decade’s themed fancy dress party.


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One of the most well-known vintage shops in Sheffield is, of course, Cow. Located on West Street, Cow has been in Sheffield for around 10 years. There also exists a shop in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as an online shop, a collection on ASOS Marketplace, and a small corner on the floor of Topshop stores all over the UK. Much of Cow’s stock is from different parts of America such as Florida, Atlanta and Texas, to name a few. This stock mostly consists of Ralph Lauren shirts and dresses, Disney printed t-shirts and jumpers, and New Balance and Nike trainers. However, there is a team at Cow who works downstairs, making their own clothes which are labelled with the We Are Cow sticker. The team make clothes that compliments a vintage style, creating cropped sweats and flannel shirts, shortening skirts and hems of jeans, and even transforming men’s shirts into pinafores. As well as to forage through heaps of clothes, it is worth going into Cow just to people watch. The students and locals who enter the shop are always dressed in unique outfits, not excluding the friendly workers who are always busy sorting new stock.



I spoke to one shop assistant, Bethany, who told me that she always tries to wear vintage or second hand clothes to work, and not necessarily from Cow. Being a vintage lover and a regular charity shop hunter, this isn’t hard for her. She never shops at high street stores and prefers vintage clothes because she feels that they have a story behind them; a vintage item has been pre-loved and one cares about it more than a new piece of clothing. Bethany’s favourite vintage shops in Sheffield are Syd and Mallory’s Emporium, especially as they have their own jewellery and clothes collection, and The Vault and Vintedge; two boutiques on Abbeydale Road that are definitely worth a visit.


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The most recent vintage shop to open in Sheffield, located in the city centre near Primark, is Thrifty Store. This shop amazed me by seeming small on the outside, but once inside a corridor invites customers towards a huge room with endless amounts of clothes, jewellery and shoes everywhere. Bally, the owner, explained to me that since its opening on September 26th, the store already has regulars who spend hours delving through piles of second hand items, trying to find a hidden treasure. “For a rummager, like me, it is paradise” says Bally, who is proud of his stock that comes from all around the world, from America to Amsterdam. To promote the shop, Bally holds monthly vintage kilo sales at the University of Sheffield, which is an ideal way for students to buy a large amount of clothes for an affordable price. A great thing about Thrifty Store is the fact that everything is extraordinarily cheap. I spotted one man trying on a long fur coat that costed only £6.99; a bargain for those trying to find new winter clothes. What I liked the most about Thrifty Store was its quirkiness, especially the yellow post its dotted around the shop with positive notes scribbled on them, like “have a mint day”. Also, adding to its uniqueness is the shop’s large video collection, selling each for as cheap as a pound.


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It is not difficult to see that Sheffield has an exquisite collection of vintage shops, all a bit different from each other and all worth a pop in when you’re next out shopping. Vinatge stores give shoppers a buzz as it is much more fun diving into a jumble of pre-owned goods, knowing that you might find a hidden gem that will quickly become the favourite piece of clothing you own, than browsing through clothes on rails that thousands of people before you have bought and are already wearing. Therefore, if you haven’t done so previously, I encourage you now to go vintage clothes hunting: you will not regret it.


Written by: Mared Gruffydd

Matthew Walzer was just 16 when he sent a letter to the Nike headquarters 3 years ago explaining his condition and how he struggles to find sneakers that he can put on himself without having to reply on his parents to tie them up for him.

In the letter, Matthew explains that he was born 2 months premature and, because his lungs weren’t fully developed, his brain didn’t get as much oxygen as it needs to function resulting in a brain injury that causes him to suffer from cerebral palsy. The condition can affect people differently, sometimes, physically, sometimes mentally, sometimes both, Matthew is only affected physically and was told by doctors that he would never walk and if he ever talked it would be with a lisp. Matthew managed to beat the odds and can walk unassisted around his family home and with the use of crutches around school and town, he also doesn’t speak with a lisp.

Despite overcoming so many challenges, Matthew still struggled with putting shoes on. Just buying slip ons would be no use as they don’t have enough support, so he tended to buy Nike basketball sneakers as they have much more support, however he needs help to get them on. After becoming far more independent than anyone ever expected, Matthew wanted to go to college but was worried he’d be embarrassed about having to have someone with him to put his shoes on for him and so sent off his letter to renowned Nike designer, Tobie Hatfield.

via http://news.nike.com/news/the-flyease-journey

Tobie & Matthew have spent the last few years back and forth with design ideas and earlier this summer Tobie sent Matthew the first ever pair of the new Nike FLYEASE sneakers that he helped create and he also met his hero LeBron James!

via http://news.nike.com/news/the-flyease-journey

Check the story on the Nike website HERE or watch the video below for more info:

Charity Fashion Live was thought up by freelance stylist Emma Slade Edmondson who teamed up with Oxfam, Love Your Clothes and Recycle For London to create an ethical fashion show during London Fashion Week.



On the 19th September Emma will be recreating LFW looks from high fashion designers in real time as they appear on the catwalk using only the second-hand clothes that are available at the time from an Oxfam charity shop in Dalston. On the Monday after the event, CFL will be releasing a short video to prove that it was all done live, on the spot in real-time.



Speaking to Huffington Post, Emma said “I wanted to prove that you don’t need a massive budget to be on trend and that fashion should be accessible to everyone. To me this throwaway approach to fashion and textiles detracts somewhat from the real beauty of fashion – creativity and expression. Many of us use those clothes as a form of self expression so there’s a necessity for ethics in fashion – surely if we are talking to the world about who we are through what we wear, it should feel good all round.”



The idea is to get more people visiting and buying their clothes from charity shops and any attempt in the fashion world to be more sustainable and ethical can only be a good thing so we love this project here at Rad Times!



Finally we’ll end on some tips Emma gave to the Huffington Post on charity shop shopping:

Emma’s Top 3 Tips For Vintage Shopping

Sometimes charity shopping can seem a bit daunting if you’re not a seasoned pro, so here’s my top three stylist tips for nailing autumn/winter 15 on a charity shop run:

1. Beginners – don’t browse

In some respects, if you’re unprepared, charity shopping can feel a little like shopping on Boxing day. For those who are not accustomed, I find it’s best to go at it with a clear idea of what you’re looking for in mind, to avoid feeling overwhelmed or unsure.

Decide on an outfit you need for an occasion and look firstly for a key piece you can build around. This key piece can either be from the charity shop or it can be from your existing wardrobe, and if this is the case be sure to bring it with you.

2. Look for the golden rail

I’m not sure I should be sharing this but I’m going to anyhow! Because of the way the sorting is done in charity shops, more often than not the lovely volunteer staff will be well adept at curating and putting aside all of the best bits.

What this means is that you should keep a keen eye out for the golden chalice, the pirates treasure, the cherry on the top of your sundae…. of rails. Now I can’t promise it will always be there but in my experience there will often be a special rail somewhere on the floor with many of the best goodies on it.

In some shops this will be a vintage rail and others it may have something fairly recent from a top designer. Have a look for it on your first few visits and soon you’ll develop a knack for spotting it within minutes of entering the shop.

3. Don’t try to mirror an era

Instead, mix your eras!

If you add a pair of retro 90’s high tops or sneakers to a cheeky little 60’s dress you’re going to look much less like you stepped out of your nan’s closet and more like an accomplished style maven.



Charity Fashion Live Links: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

We love success stories! Alex Szabo-Haslam, a local sheffield designer has created a kickstarter campaign & managed to reached its target within 36 hours of going live! Check it out & grab a map tee or 10 on HERE
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Maps are personal to everyone – where you grew up, your first house, the best holiday ever.
Taking 80 custom-designed maps from cities all over the world and turning them into elegant,
stylish and great-fitting t-shirts. If you love maps, and wear t-shirts, this is literally right up your
The highly detailed maps are stripped back to their purest shapes. Leaving a minimal, modern
and distinctive design. From London to Los Angeles, Nottingham to Nashville, there are more
than 80 cities from across the globe for you to choose from.
Designer Alex’s Szabo-Haslam’s approach to design is obsessive, and this really shows through
in his work: every effort has been made to ensure roads, rivers, and buildings look beautiful.

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Now the goal is to raise £10,000 to purchase printing equipment and premises to support local
artists and create jobs & last time we checked he’s just gone over the 2nd target.

T-shirts start at just £24 with additional bundle options.

We love the detail of each garment and the extra effort to include so many cities from around the world.
Not only that, he’s also supporting local artists and creating jobs.
Alex has utilised the power of crowdfunding correctly! We take our hat off to him for such an awesome project.

Twitter @CiteeFashion
Facebook SzaboHaslamDesign
Instagram @SzaboHaslam
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As somebody who likes to shoot on location as much as possible I’m always on the look out for interesting places and textures that can be used in my shoots. Downtown Toronto, and Toronto in general, is full of great options and a number of neighbourhoods that all offer something different. One of the downsides of being new to a city is you have to put in a lot of leg work to build up a catalogue of locations that you can use for your shoots which often means you spend a lot of time walking around, for example an 18.5 mile day location scouting just last week followed by a 10 mile day the next day.


Over the years of travelling and shooting, I have found walking to be one of the greatest ways to location scout. Other forms of transport are conducive to missing things that you can only see on foot when you’re taking your time to look around, checking back streets and options off the beaten track. My best advice is next time you’re visiting somewhere, forget the taxi rides and the subway and just walk. You’ll see far more than any travel guides can tell you.


Recently I had the opportunity to work with Yakira Glaim from Next Models Canada on a casual shoot on the streets of Toronto. To fit the vibe of the styling we wanted to find a location that would fit with the gritty, casual, fashion we had in mind. Not far from my apartment was an alley full of potential backdrops and interesting textures that was exactly what we were looking for.


We shot three looks for this one, finishing with a Calvin Klein inspired look.


Model: Yakira Glaim
Agency: Next Canada (www.nextmodels.ca)
Makeup and Hair: Rachel Hilton
Makeup and Hair Assistant:  Jaclyn Forbes.
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Over the past two years I have lived in three different cities, in three different countries, on two different continents. That’s the life of a travelling fashion photographer. When you’re continually moving an important part of your work life, and personal life, is the need to network.


If you have never worked on a fashion shoot you may be surprised about how many people are involved. Obviously there is the photographer and a model but on top of that you need to think about makeup artists and hair stylists, you need to think about wardrobe stylists. Further to this there will typically be an agent involved and depending on the project a client as well. In order for a shoot to come off not only do you need to have the network to find all the pieces of the puzzle but you all need to be able to work together to ensure things go as well as possible.


That brings me to what I’ve found to be the most important part of my creative career – collaboration.


Fashion photography is not all glitz and glamour. To be honest it’s rarely glamourous. Collaborations are often needed when it comes to updating your portfolio, or testing out new ideas, but as a travelling fashion photographer they are an essential part of the networking process. Unless you’re a huge name photographer, you’ll typically always have to suck it up and work for free. Finding other high quality creatives to collaborate with gives you the ability to produce quality work that benefits everyone involved. Furthermore it gets your name out there to an industry/area you’re not yet known in.


Below are a selection of collaborative projects I’ve worked on over the past couple of years to demonstrate what can be achieved when creatives commit to a collaboration.


First up is a collaboration I did in Copenhagen in Denmark with fashion blogger Ilirida Krasniqi (http://ilirida.dk) and Danish fashion house Ema et Malina (http://emaetmalina.com).
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Next up is one of the bigger collaborative projects I worked on while I was in Minneapolis, USA.


Model: Nicole Peelman
Agency: Ignite Models (http://ignite-models.com) | 10Mgmt (http://10mgmt.com)


Hair and Makeup: Kristine Loehrer (http://kristineloehrer.com)
Stylist: Sam Perry (http://verysamperry.com)
Wardrobe: Moth Oddities (http://www.mothoddities.com)


Finally, here is one of my recent collaborations since my move to Toronto.


Models: Yakira Glaim & Bex Newlove
Agency: Next Canada (www.nextmodels.ca)
Hair and Makeup: Angela Lee (http://angelaleeartistry.com)
Stylist: Marta May (http://martamaystyle.com)
Top Left – Top: The Jetset Diaries (www.thejetsetdiaries.com),
Skirt: Three Floor (www.threefloorfashion.com),
Shoes: Heelboy (www.heelboy.com)
Top Right – Clothes: Zara (www.zara.com),
Shoes: Heelboy (www.heelboy.com)
Bottom Left – Dress: Contrarian New York (www.contrariannewyork.com)
Bottom Right – Dress: Yearn Jolly Sage (www.yearnjollysaga.com)