Charlotte and I just got back from Kids Company‘s reception at Draper’s Hall – it was a truly moving and inspiring reminder of why we support the work they do with young people.

Alan Yentob reminded us that the scale of child poverty in London is vast, and that those young people who don’t feel cared for will become either institutionalised by the state or left to fend for themselves.

Sasha Handover, Music Co-ordinator at Kids Company, reminded us how an event like our 2012 charity gig can provide the spark of inspiration for others to get involved in the longer term.

Camila Batmanghelidjh reminded us that when, in the eighth wealthiest country on the planet, thousands of young children still queue for up to an hour for a square meal that they can’t get at home, we’ve got something very wrong.

And Doris, who was supported by Kids Company from the age of 15 when her mother fell ill, reminded us that we all deserve support from those around us – both close to us and from the wider community.


For the last five weeks, XETH’s team of volunteers have been busily editing video footage from TEDxGoodenoughCollege 2012, ready for the official TEDxTalks YouTube channel.

The TEDx conference, held at London House on 5 May 2012, hosted 12 speakers – each with an idea worth spreading.

Emily, Lauri and Ricky edited the 12 talks (totalling over two hours) from three different camera angles into video clips that will be viewed by hundreds of people from TED‘s loyal following over the coming months.

Why not take a few minutes to browse through the playlist?  Our favourites are David Blunt’s talk on Giving Well and Giving Justly, and a fantastic performance by Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee.

DIFTK 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

On Sunday 20 May 2012 XETH Creative Arts held its second charity gig raising money for Kids Company. This year we  held it at The Lexington, Angel.  It was a great turn out  and we were overwhelmed by how much support we had from our audience as well as everyone who was involved with organising this event. Four fantastic live acts performed – Natalie Mitchell (a young mother supported by Kids Co), Telegrams, Liz Lawrence and BABESHADOW.

On top of that we held a raffle with contributions from Domino Records, Young & Lost Club and international beatboxer Shlomo as well as a bake sale with all produce from Biscocho. Everything but one cup cake was sold! I was quite glad as it meant I got to test one at the end of the night.

Here are a selection of beautiful shots from the very talented photographer Shannon Mills. More to follow shortly.


Things are moving very quickly now and it’s not long to go before the charity gig we have coming up in May. Our latest news is that we’re very lucky internationally acclaimed beatboxer Shlomo is contributing a cd to our raffle at DOING IT FOR THE KIDS 2012. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have support from record labels, musicians and friends and hope that the raffle will continue to grow with lots of exciting things to be won.

Hope to see you at the gig on Sunday 20 May at The Lexington, Angel. Tickets are available now online.

Doing it for the Kids 2012 news!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Julian from Telegrams, Photograph: Ricky Thakrar

We are very excited to announce that Telegrams will be performing at Doing it for the Kids 2012 (Charity gig) on Sunday 20 May at The Lexington, Angel ( put the date in your diary now!).

Also the raffle will include lots of new music merchandise kindly donated by Domino Records and Young & Lost Club as well as a one hour spanish tutorial with Poppy Sketchley.

Other acts soon to follow, please watch this space!