Even in the early planning phase of AllStars we knew we'd want to mark the end of the work well.
Finishing can be difficult; it's one of the recurring themes of funded work. We knew we wanted to say goodbye with optimism and a sense of achievement.
We planned an end-of-project festival. With additional financial support from the Big Lottery and their perfectly-timed 'Celebrate' fund, we were able to put on an event that brought our community of young and SEN/D musicians together.
Beautifully put together by Ben, our pastoral support worker, and Jade, our admin star, the Giant Jam festival was organised in consultation with a team of party planners from the Heart Beats group.
|Frome Street Bandits|
|Art Box bunting|
The sun shone all day.
Bands played outdoors and in the 'main stage room', a transformed space with underwater decor borrowed from a local festival organiser and excellent sound equipment provided by our project partners SRYP.
|The main stage room|
Festival goers enjoyed a performance from an inclusive choir, a ukelele workshop, a drum circle, an art workshop, free massage, interactive storytelling from Openstorytellers,
|Smiling gate crew|
|Live music workshops|
An outdoor improvisation workshop showcased the talents of the Heart Beats group and involved lots of new people too.
An amazing team of stewards and volunteers made the day safe, fun and accessible for everyone.
|Stewards and volunteers|
The Giant Jam brought all sorts of people together - it was inter-generational, inclusive and really enjoyable.
We're glad that the AllStars project, which has united so many diverse musicians, could end on such a bright note and a beautiful day.