Teens Put Identity in the 08 Spotlight
Byline: By CATHERINE JONES
TEENAGERS from across the UK today launched a debate about national identity to mark Capital of Culture year.
Young people are working with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Capital of Culture on the Portrait of a Nation project.
Today they set out a challenge for their generation to explore, debate and celebrate the impact their cultural roots have on their values and sense of identity.
The year-long programme marks the first time young people in 17 cities, from Inverness to Brighton, have been asked to discuss and share where they come from, who they are, andwhat it means for the future.
Dil Lewington, 17, from the Capital of Culture Youth Advisory Group (YAG), said: "I lovemy city and its culture, history and character is as vibrant as the people sharing it.
"Culture is ever changing and growing and we celebrate the chance to share this wealth with other young people throughout the UK."
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said: "Our cities all have distinct personalities that are reflected in the people that live andwork in them. …