Surprise celebs to join anti-bullying festival

ESTHER Rantzen is among the famous faces heading to Weston for the world's first international anti-bullying festival for young people. Hundreds of youngsters are expected to attend the I Power I Anti-Bullying Conference 2006 at the Winter Gardens on Nove

ESTHER Rantzen is among the famous faces heading to Weston for the world's first international anti-bullying festival for young people.Hundreds of youngsters are expected to attend the I Power I Anti-Bullying Conference 2006 at the Winter Gardens on November 20 and 21.Organisers have promised a few surprise guests and VIPs in the line-up including premiership rugby and football players.The two-day event, held for the first time outside London, is drawing support from all over the district with North Somerset Council sponsoring the event and Weston Youth Council hosting a music competition.There will be speeches and debates by young people, anti-bullying experts, researchers and practitioners and a Government cabinet minister.Live debates, an exhibition and performances by rappers and musicians will be on offer as well as a variety of workshops on subjects including homophobia, peer monitoring, drama and martial arts.Presentations are planned on topics including cyberbullying, courts, children's rights, racist bullying and empowerment.In the evening Barcode Youth Cafe in South Parade will host the final of the national anti-bullying music competition.The competition has been held around the country during the summer with youngsters entering anti-bullying themed music.The winner will receive £250, have their song put on to CD and be given the chance to perform it live at the conference.Youth councillor Peter Hunter is taking part in the competition and one of the youngest councillors, 11-year-old Cameron Beames, will be one of the judges.The event, held on the first two days of anti-bullying week, is free for young people to attend. For details call 01934 815163.


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