A BOSCOMBE retail destination was transformed at the weekend by colourful graffiti and pounding music.
But the temporary changes are all for a good cause, as a group of Bournemouth University students hosted event Urban Wayz for a youth community gro up.
Cydney Wigglesworth, 23, said everything from body popping to DJ workshops was on the agenda for young people in the Sovereign Centre on Saturday.
“We decided to do something for the Community Youth Project Shop, which helps to inspire disadvantaged young people through creativity,” she said.
“We’ve got break dancing, graffiti, hip-hop classes and more happening here.”
Cydney joined four other students on her events and leisure marketing course to organise the day.
She said: “We’ve had so much fantastic local support. Graffiti artists from Redtail Studio in Bournemouth are coming in, and we’ve got Dorset-based DJs and dancers from Rockit in as well to hold classes. The aim is to promote music, dance and arts for young people.”
Although the day was aimed at teenagers, the student said everyone had been welcome to join in.
“Some people have a negative view of Boscombe,” she said.
“But we’ve got a great opportunity here to help people express themselves through lots of different ways, like music and art.”
The Community Youth Project Shop was established to help young people to engage in the regeneration of Boscombe.
It offers support, advice, guidance, business advice and creative workshops with partner groups, which includes Bournemouth Integrated Youth Service, YMCA, Guidance for Youth and more.