A SPECIAL event to celebrate youth culture is being held in Huddersfield tonight.
The event, Auction House, will feature DJs, rappers, break dancers and human beat boxers from Huddersfield and Leeds.
People will also have chance to bid for professional graffiti art that will be on display at the event at Brian Jackson House, New North Parade.
Auction House has been organised by Drug Sense and has been backed by Kirklees Council’s Young People’s Service with money from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
The aim is to break down barriers between the younger and older generations and to engage young people in positive activities.
Money raised on the night will go towards helping vulnerable young people.
Dan Dearnley, an outreach worker for Drug Sense, said the event was based around things that interested young people but was open to people of all ages.
He said: “Auction House is open to adults as well as young people. It aims to challenge conventional stereotyping of young people, celebrate their interests and promote a better understanding across the generation gap.
“The vast majority of young people are law-abiding and positive events like this capture their imagination and interest. They also raise awareness of services that support young people should they ever need them.”
Drug Sense, which is managed by Lifeline Kirklees, aims to reduce the harm caused by drugs and alcohol to young people, their families and communities.
Outreach workers make contact with young people on the streets at night, build up relationships with them and offer advice or refer them to agencies.
They also organise activities which will divert young people from substance abuse and anti-social behaviour.
Last month Kirklees Council’s Cabinet approved an extra £430,000 to pay for five more drug outreach workers in the area, bringing the total to seven.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, chairman of Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership, said Auction House would help make communities safer.
He added: “Creative events like this help to foster co-operation and understand between adults and young people.
“They connect young people to services that offer support on alcohol and drugs issues, making our communities safer.”
The night follows on from the Jam In The Park 2 event, which was held at Greenhead Park during the summer and attracted 1,000 young people.
Spaces at Auction House, which runs from 7pm to 9.30pm, are limited and pre-booking is essential. There is no fixed entrance fee, but a donation of at least £1 is required. To book a place contact Drug Sense on 01484 353353.