We Are Still Here: Social Distancing Family Festival
We Are Here and the We Are Still Here: Social Distancing Family Festivals are 2 festivals that Groundswell Arts ran from May to July 2020 during the first wave of lockdown. Rather then take all of our work online we looked at ways to engage with families in our local community via socially distanced activities.
Festival Activities Included
We Are Still Here: Out the front (front yard art trail)
We Are Still Here: Walking with words (Postcards from lockdown)
We Are Here: Phototrail
We Are Here: Family Jam
We Are Here: Big Chalk Day
We Are still Here: Out The Front
During June and July local families were encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and bring their artistic talents out into their front yards. How might you represent your lockdown experience in your front window, yard or garden, or just bring colour and optimism to your neighbourhood
Local artist Giles Leaman provided some simple ideas that you can download from here or if your feeling creative you you could simply sculpt , paint , upcycle or create something wonderful yourself.
Have a look at our slideshow for some of our beautiful local front-yard transformations this summer, why not transform your yard as a gift to your neighbourhood this summer too.
We Are still Here: Walking With Words
During June and July over 212 young people and community members took part in our Walking With Words poetry trail depositing their postcards in our temporary special walking with words postbox.
You could get a special postcard on download from here and cards were displayed around the neighbourhood we were delighted to even receive a card from local author Karen McCombie illustrated by Spike Gerell.
We Are still Here: Bubbles
Bubbles was a short movement and music site specific piece designed and performed by Dancer Male Toledo and Musician and Dancer Jan Lee as a pop up site specific performance during July 2020.
Exploring the concept of Bubbles with children and families from Woodlands Park Children’s Centre and Nursery School, Haringey this piece was funded as part of our Family Jams series by Youth Music.
We Are Here: The Big Chalk Day
Over 300 families took place in The Big Chalk Event on May 7th
Our first socially distanced festival event was a resounding success brightening up our pavements for weeks to come.
We Are Here: Family Jam
On 14th of May alongside the NHS clap for carers we held our first ever neighbourhood youth music funded socially distanced family Jam local musicians, children, adults and neighbours all played and made music from their doorstep while local artist Giles Leaman’s wonderful rainbow shakers and clapping hands allowed schools and young children to join in too. We had at least 10 streets participating across the neighbourhood and it was brilliant to see young people and adults playing together.
We Are Here: Photo trail
All through May children sent photos of life in lockdown to us and we added them to our growing virtual and outdoor photo trail. instagram weareherephotos. We ended up with some 200 photographs displayed around the neighbourhood from children aged 3-17 years of age.