Yorkshire is the largest county in England, large enough to cover almost the whole of the region, which also includes parts of North and North East Lincolnshire.
Hull is hosting the European City of Culture 2017, and the two largest cities of Leeds and Sheffield are home to a diverse range of art and culture, but the distribution of cultural resources across the region is uneven.
Due in part to their poor transport links, the sparsely-populated areas of North Yorkshire experience rural isolation. The county is home to a number of declining coastal towns and cities seeing the impact of industrial decline. Many urban areas, such as Leeds, Hull and Bradford, have high levels of social deprivation.
The Yorkshire and Humber region has high levels of unemployment: Bradford has an unemployment rate of 8.2% and Hull 8.6%. In 2013, 34% of children in Hull were living in poverty. The region also has the third highest proportion of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the country at 13%.
Lewis, 16, who has Down’s syndrome, and Jenny, 13, who is a carer for her brother who has learning disabilities, both have a great love of music and performing. They formed a firm friendship at a Youth Music project.
Deaf children like Isma and Aisha don’t always get the chance to make music. A project run by Yorkshire Youth & Music has given them the opportunity to learn to play instruments and boosted their confidence.
Mike used to have trouble controlling his behaviour. A music-making project run by the Castaway Music Theatre has helped him settle and discover his talent on the bass guitar.
Going Off On One!
A rap metal track recorded by musicians from the Hip Hop Shake Up workshops in York, part of Tang Hall SMART CIC's provision for young people with learning disabilities.
Participants had fun learning Deftones-inspired guitar riffs, playing the drum in military style, rehearsing screamo vocals, discussing what made them angry, and working on their own lyrics and flow.
The Our Day music project, run by My Pockets in Hull, brought together a diverse crowd of young people facing a variety of challenging circumstances to create nine songs describing one day in their lives.