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A Homewood teen bDream Drop Distance plays TALK tent 2013 Fall Fest.  |  Supplied photo

A Homewood teen band, Dream Drop Distance, plays in the TALK tent at the 2013 Fall Fest. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 12, 2014 6:19AM



An all-teen music festival — organized by teens as well — is set to take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday under the gazebo at Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood, according to a press release from organizers.

The event will be hosted by the Theatre & Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK), and sponsored by Best Buy.

TALK is a south suburban organization whose mission, according to its website, is to develop “leadership skills and to provide a voice to diverse populations through the expressive, transformative power of the arts.”

The music festival, “TALK: Amplified,” will mark a new level of organization for TALK’s teenage leaders and musicians, according to the press release.

At least 10 bands of multiple genres from throughout the Chicago area are expected to perform, the release said. Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy the music, as well as local food and art vendors, including featured teen artists, it said.

Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or lawn chair “and the capacity to sit back and chill with cool music.”

The rain date is July 19.

TALK bills itself as an emerging source for teens to become difference-makers in their communities through the arts. Originating with only 12 teens in November 2011, TALK has enrolled more than 80 teen “Kontributors” ages 12 to 18, the release said. These young artists, with minimal adult direction and mentoring, are involved in all facets of the association, including its governance, programming, recruitment, event planning, networking and fundraising, according to the release.

TALK boasts five teen-run “Kommittees”: music, electronic, performing, visual and literary arts, according to the release. The music festival has been almost entirely coordinated and run by its young adult members, from planners to performers.

TALK has participated in and produced more than 20 visual art shows, live music performances, theatrical plays and poetry readings at Southland locations and events, according to the organization.

Members believe the TALK Amplified music fest is possibly the only all-teen music fest in the state, and it is the most involved event TALK’s Music Kommittee has planned, coordinated and hosted independently (meaning it is not part of an existing festival or fair), the release said.

While the event is partially funded by the Best Buy Children’s Foundation and Veterans Construction & Contracting, the organization continues to seek additional sponsorships, donations and assistance so events can continue to be large-scale, resulting in meaningful hands-on learning opportunities for teens, the release said.

TALK also is seeking teen poets for an upcoming poetry slam, “Who We Are.”

For more information about TALK and its events, visit www.TALKsouthland.org, email info@TALKsouthland.org or call (708) 365-8255. To get involved, contact executive director, Steve Ploum at (708) 365-8255 or Steve@TALKsouthland.org.

Staff report



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