EVERY SORT OF PEOPLE FESTIVal
partnership + people = community
In 2016, Culture Shift, in partnership with Lewes Football Club, had an idea for an accessible community festival. The idea came out of Culture Shift’s work in learning disability arts and accessible programming, which resonated with Lewes FC’s role as a community football club.
Culture Shift raised funds from Big Lottery and Sussex Community Foundation and developed an active partnership of Lewes-based community organisations to steer and deliver the event which aimed to be a truly accessible community event aimed at people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages. To reflect this ambition, the project was called Every Sort of People and the first-ever Every Sort of People Festival happened at Lewes Football Club Stadium in 2017.
Through Culture Shift facilitation, over 30 local community sector organisations contributed to the success of the Every Sort of People Festival including Patina, Diversity Lewes, Dementia Action Alliance, Chestnut Tree House, Starfish Music,.Over 1000 people attended on the day. This really was an excellent example of an asset-based approach to community action. A full evaluation report of the event is available here.
“The Every Sort of People Festival was very well planned and run by lots of enthusiastic people, seemed like there were lots of busy people knowing what to do and when, while helping individuals with additional needs. A very professional event, I could see how much work had gone into making the day a success.”