The community is at the heart of the art we create, thus alongside the festival we run projects with the community and artists to support their development and use arts as a tool for social inclusion, skills development and community cohesion. We aim to educate, empower and improve equality within the arts sector making arts accessible for underrepresented and underdeveloped groups investing in positive outcomes from health and well- being, employment to further training.
We ran a successful Empowering Women’s project where we had amazing facilitators covering creative writing, spoken word, poetry, clay, movement, singing/vocal, drama, healing, reiki, abundance mindset and Djembe Workshops. In turn some of the women performed at the festival healing day. The course included a theatre visit covering all costs making arts as accessible to everyone as possible where income may be a barrier. This project employed local arts facilitators, creche facilitator and project administrator and engaged local women which had a massive positive impact on everyone involved i.e. the participants, facilitators and project managers.
Prior to the festival we were involved in Granby Market, MPAC International Play days, FlorrieFest, John Archer Hall Community Day, and ran consultations with local community members and artists. We sold art work, treats and ran a raffle with great prizes and free theatre tickets with great performances from our amazing pool of artists! Our consultations revealed how disconnected our arts institutions are with the community of L8 and received a lot of feedback of what they would like to see at the festival. Thus, our projects are run on a need for need basis. We held 2 BlackFest LIVE lounge promotional and networking events to bring together artists and communities to get involved and create a sense of belonging to the festival.
We completed the whole festival with a Celebration Night at Philharmonic Hall Music Room with community performances from Wavertree Community Choir, Staged Kaos and many artists and investing in local business Raggas to provide food. Having great feedback such as, ‘Empowering’, ‘Love’, ‘Long awaited’, ‘fun’, ‘Outstanding.’ For event highlight please follow Black Fest 2019 Festival