280 Characters (You’re Off Mute)

A project which uses the power of creative writing to improve literacy skills, develop confidence and self-esteem with young people. 280 Characters gives children the chance to have their voices seen and heard!

120 Leicester children from 2 schools in Braunstone and Belgrave have been writing poems with festival poet John Berkavitch to express their thoughts and feelings and the changes and challenges they face.

In close consultation with the children, international artist Will Holmes has turned these poems into a series of artworks which will form a dynamic, illustrated trail on bus stops, shop fronts and digital screens across Leicester in Spring 2021.

Festival Poet John Berkavitch

About The Artists

Poet - John Berkavitch is one of the most respected voices in the UK spoken-word scene and is a former UK Slam Poetry Champion. He is an internationally acclaimed Storyteller, accomplished Breakdancer, Digital Artist and Animator.

Visual Artist - Will Holmes is an experienced designer and typographic artist, who creates typefaces and fonts for word based artworks. UK born, Will now resides in Portland, Oregon.


Funded by Writing East Midlands, BID Leicester, Open Gate Trust, Didymus Charity, Carlton Hayes Mental Health Charity and Edith Murphy Foundation. Delivered by The Spark Arts for Children