New Blood- The Paparazzi
A Good News Tale from our Stewartry Arts Hub Convener – Cate Ross:
(All images ©Cate.)
Eden Festival 2015 was a wonderfully family friendly and fully accessible affair. From the dedicated collective of volunteers and professionals who spent months building the venues and facilities on site (providing valuable employment and work training opportunities for local folk), through a team which grew to tend the site over the event weekend, to the audiences who respected the environment and each other and the artists who, en masse, created a grand celebration of music, art and performance all bringing valuable commerce and cultural capital to our wonderful region.
Eden Festival crew numbers formed a good portion of the record audience, all of whom contributed their part to the thriving ecosystem that is at its heart. The organisation continues year round with satellite events to support fund-raising, promotion, outreach, talent hunting, team building and audience development. Eden Festival exemplifies the ‘accessibility’ ethic helping its audience to enjoy an immersive packed programme over three days.
All the crew displayed great teamwork including lots of volunteer support. The team approach employed by the Eden crew helps to engender the event’s great atmosphere which brings out the affable punter in everyone, with audience members from all over the world, there is a truly heart warming friendliness to the whole experience which is an excellent showcase of the cultural values at the heart of our communities in D&G.
Evidence of educational ‘peer-to-peer learning’ between professionals and young people entering the world of work was clear. Production, event management, performance art, community education, creative development and volunteer skill sharing were all part of the learning environment. All in all Eden Festival provides the opportunities to ‘up-skill’ and raise ambition for all involved.
Meanwhile, this safe space allows for creativity, eco-friendly education and joy with a strong community and family agenda, which brings with it some, inspiring interactive public art!
Quality new work was also achieved with the development of the ‘First Bite Circus’, including a local lad, Charlie Burns, a clownish acrobatic fire handler extraordinaire, who has returned after his professional training and career development in circus arts far away to share skills and help raise the (trapeze) bar on the festival atmosphere, bringing other highly skilled circus professionals with him, lets hope this can become another Eden Festival institution.
In truth, Eden brings out the best of the inner child in its audience. My 8 year old child did not complain all weekend, was never bored or upset, just buoying along on the general happy vibe exuding from everyone. The ‘start the day with a smile’ tick box on the conditions of sale for the tickets must have worked.
Very many thanks to all those who made Eden Festival possible, we are really looking forward to next year already!
You can contact Cate through her Hub Email.