Goodwin Development Trust have been working with young people to arrange an online arts, wellbeing and culture festival.
Funded by Youth Arts Takeover through Arts Council England, Summer Shutdown Fest is being organised by Do It Project, a programme for unemployed 16-29-year olds who are looking to get back into education or employment.
The three-day festival will be live streamed from the Summer Shutdown Fest YouTube account from 7pm till 10pm on 31st July and 4pm-10pm on the 1st and 2nd August.
The festival will be a mixture of interviews with artists, showcases, wellbeing sessions, comedy and live music and will be fundraising for the WISHH Charity Sensory Room Appeal.
Already confirmed to play are Late Night Marauders, The Froot and Saints Among Us with more to be announced.
15,000 children visit the Eye Hospital at Hull Royal Infirmary each year with many of them living with additional needs including Autism, ADHD, ADD, or experiencing anxiety and trauma. A new sensory room will include light displays and projections, wall decorations, sensory toys, music and other features to provide much need stimulation and help calm and distract children attending the eye clinic.
The young people helping to organise the festival wanted to do something positive during lockdown.
Thom Sheppard, Keyworker on the Do It Project said: “It’s been amazing to see how we have all been able to adapt during lockdown and to see the young people go above and beyond to work on this festival while doing something positive for the local community.
“5 weeks ago this festival wasn’t even an idea so we’ve been really ambitious but it looks like we’re going to pull off a great festival that we can all be proud of for years to come. Hopefully the whole experience will give the group the confidence and experience to get the job or course they are looking for.”
Keyworkers on the Do It Project work with young unemployed people to provide a person-centred experience that gives them the skills, confidence and experience to pursue their next steps. Those interested in finding out more can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Do It Project Facebook page.
Summer Shutdown Fest will be livestreamed from their YouTube account between 31st July and 2nd August. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram – @SummerShutdownFest.
[Thom Sheppard – Do It Project]