The city’s youngsters will get a chance to show off their creativity as the Teenage Market heads to Leeds.
It’s been five years since the Teenage Market first started out in Stockport, but now it’s a permanent fixture in Leeds, giving young people with bright ideas and creative minds a chance to sell their work in Europe’s biggest indoor market.
Joe Barratt, the co-founder of the event, told us exactly what we can expect from the event, which is set to return to Leeds Kirkgate Market three more times in 2017, “The Teenage Market gives young people a free platform to showcase their creative talents,” he told us. “We now have Teenage Markets running in over 30 locations across the UK, bringing young traders and performers together to create a festival environment in our town and city centres. The energy, diversity and vibrancy of the young people who take part in Teenage Markets is also helping to breathe new life back into our traditional markets.”
It’s an event that’s been supported by inspirational characters like businessman Theo Paphitis, designer Wayne Hemingway and retail guru Mary Portas. These famous backers are a testament to the work Joe and his brother Tom have done since April 2012, when they first started out.
Since then, they’ve grown their events both at home and in towns and cities across the UK, bringing their platform to young people all over the country through a franchise model that allows venues to run their own Teenage Market. In our case, Kirkgate Market and Hammerson (the people behind Victoria Gate and Victoria Quarter) have joined forces to make it happen.
And so, young people from across Leeds and Yorkshire will descend on Kirkgate Market, with a huge array of stalls to browse. Barrett told us, “People can expect a real creative mix of stalls at The Teenage Market, from hand-crafted items, to trendy T-shirts and unique gifts. The Teenage Market really offers up an eclectic mix of products for people to buy which you shouldn’t miss out on! Not only should you come to support up and coming young entrepreneurs, you should come to buy amazing items that you really wouldn’t find anywhere else.”
If you’d rather showcase your own talents, it’s really straightforward. To get one of the free stalls, you create a trader or performer profile on the Teenage Market website, fill in your application, and the organisers will be in touch to tell you whether you’ve been successful.
“I think our events have shown that there are so many talented, gifted and creative young people out there, who just need to be given the right opportunity to engage with their town or city,” Barrett explained. “It really is heart-warming to see young people attend their first event, grow in confidence and build their business up as a result of their experiences at the Teenage Market.”
With their influence stretching all across the country, the Teenage Market is quickly becoming an important and pioneering institution – and it’s great that Leeds is a part of that.
The Teenage Market is at Kirkgate Market on Saturday 17th June, 9th September and 9th December 2017. It’s free to attend and free to run a stall – apply online if you want to showcase your work.