Following last year’s hugely successful event, organisers created a 3 day programme of workshops and performances in a circus Big Top to compliment the street dance, Fashion Show and live music on the Main Stage. The Main Stage boasted street dance at its very best with stars such as Akai, Nemesis, Mark Calape and the Animaineax performing and leading workshops alongside emerging young talent from across North Somerset funded through the Find Your Talent pathfinder.
The whole event kicked off on Friday 10 September with a carnival parade along the Promenade led by the drums of African song and dance troupe group Siyaya and over 500 Primary School children from Walliscote, Ashcombe and Bournville Primary Schools. The celebrations continued with the Fashion Freestyle Show direct from London College of Fashion’s summer residency at Weston College, and then an evening of the very best local young bands played the main stage from Find Your Talent’s Natural Talent Records stable and local bands from Weston College.
In the Big Top over the weekend there were art, music and dance workshops for under 5’s, drumming workshops, storytelling, music making with Drum Blondes, circus skills with Wookey Hole Circus School, and the inspirational Weapons of Sound offered the chance to play in Britain’s junkiest, funkiest band! Young people signed up for a master class in street theatre with the internationally acclaimed Natural Theatre Company and comedy workshops with nationally renowned The Comedy School.
One of several highlights for young people was the Weston super Night Mare game. They were terrified as zombies, monsters and vampires were unleashed in secret venues across the town centre during Weston’s first street game, a newly commissioned street game for 14-16 year olds.
On Saturday evening the Big Top pulsated to the sound of ……silence! Streetfest welcomed the latest craze to hit the music scene – a silent disco with DJ’s Alikat and John Kendall. Local Youth Café Barcode hosted a Poetry Slam run by SLAMbassadors UK and mentors Joelle Taylor, Chris Preddie and Louise Hill. The young poets taking part had recently attended a weekend master class at Bath Spa University, and a truly amazing event led to Aaron Denyer being crowned the North Somerset Slam Ambassador!
Barcode was also the venue for an exhibition of young people’s images. Professional photographer Mark Simmons worked with a group of young photographers during the summer holidays to create a portfolio of images, and these were exhibited throughout September at Barcode.
“Streetfest created a great atmosphere for everyone, it was a fantastic showcase of young talent”. Reece Morrell (aged 19 yrs)
“Streetfest provided a vibrant and exciting showcase for a huge range of cultural art forms and fresh creativity which was enjoyed by everyone who attended. It was the best way to reach out to the extremely talented youth of today!” Any Davies (aged 22 yrs)
“Our politicians need to recognise how important cultural events such as Streetfest are for young people. How these events encourage and inspire young people to enjoy life, how their self esteem and confidence grows through active participation, and how their energies and enthusiasms can be channelled for the benefit of the communities we live in. It is no exaggeration to say that these opportunities can transform young people’s lives, and it is vital that there is on-going financial support to allow this to happen.” Stuart Wood (Cultural Programmer, Find Your Talent North Somerset)
Streetfest 2010 has been planned and funded by Find Your Talent and Outdoor Events UK.