PQA Harrogate light up City Centre with flash mob

Harrogate 22nd March, 2016

PQA Harrogate light up City Centre with flash mob

PQA Harrogate students light up Harrogate City Centre with a flash mob designed to raise awareness for domestic abuse and promote healthy relationships.

In association with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services), PQA Harrogate students took to the streets on Saturday 19th March and danced to the popular Hairspray musical number ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’.

Carmel Offord from IDAS said:
“We are pleased to be working with PQA in Scarborough, Harrogate & York to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The performances are designed to be engaging and will help us to bring an often hidden topic to the fore in an accessible way. Many people feel that they cannot talk about or report the abuse that they are experiencing, but we would encourage anyone affected by domestic abuse to come forward and speak to us in confidence. There is support out there and you can move on from domestic abuse. The students at the Performing Arts Academies have been practising for weeks and we are excited to see their performances and the reaction on the streets.”

Principal of PQA Harrogate Kellie Taylor said:
”Our students are absolutely delighted to work in partnership with such an important charity in promoting healthy relationships throughout the city. We believe wholeheartedly that the arts play an important role in affecting change and in driving awareness. At PQA our students are given the opportunity to tackle emotional topics through the arts, so this has been a fantastic experience for them, both in terms of performing, and learning. Thank you to IDAS for approaching us and we look forward to working with you again in the future.”

PQA students held up signs with the IDAS tagline #WeAllDeserve … decorated with words stating what healthy relationships mean to each of them.