On Saturday 30th June, The Warren Pitch and Play Area burst into colour in the sunshine for Summer Festival 2018. Over 200 people from the community and across Camden came together for the Hawaiian themed event, testing their skills on a surf simulator, having their face painted, grabbing a smoothie from the smoothie bikes, or chilling on the deck chairs and inflatable flamingos to watch brilliant performances by young people such as Emma Ilunga, Aleks Tihomirova and Mix It from Bengali Workers Association.
The event was organised by a group of young people who have been trained as Youth Event Managers, creating the promotional material, deciding the components of the event and then ran the event, along with other young people acting as stewards.
Members of the public who attended commented “It has been a nice way of getting out of the house and my comfort zone and becoming part of my community,” and “I have loved seeing the community coming together.” 96% of the people who attended the event rated the event good or brilliant, with 58% saying brilliant. At the end of the event there was an increase of 21% more people reporting that they scored 7 or more out of 10 regarding their sense of belonging to this community.
We would like the thank everyone who supported the event; our young people, our young performers, local residents, friends and families of people taking part and our funders Big Lottery Fund, Camden Council and 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust.
We would also like to thank Regents Place for hosting the steering group every week and for lending us their deck chairs and suppliers for the event Snap and Go, FunDay LTD, Zero DB, Urban Smoothie Bikes, Infinite Edge and Agra.