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Every Sort of People Festival May 2017

The first ever Every Sort of People Festival went with a bang on 13 May at Lewes Football Club Stadium and was attended by over 1000 people.

Festival shenanigans started at 12pm and featured live music, DJs, and other performances and workshops over 3 stages which continued until 8pm.

The event was accessible and was attended by many people with physical and learning disabilities as well as non-disabled people of all ages, who enjoyed top quality entertainment in a friendly, chilled atmosphere. The success of this event proves that integrated, accessible community programming is possible and that such accessibility benefits can be enjoyed by everyone.

Specific accommodations to make the event truly accessible included accessible toilets, free tickets for carers, a Migloo accessible changing suite, Blue Badge parking, accessible bars and food.

There was a strong showing from the local community sector with over 30 organisations represented including Patina, Diversity Lewes, Dementia Action Alliance, Chestnut Tree House, Starfish Music. Accessible, family-friendly activities included: circus skills, samba, table tennis, jewellery-making, ‘Pimp my Wheelchair’ and exploring mindfulness through chocolate…

Culture Shift and Lewes Football Club have organised this event with a team of community partners including Starfish Music, Stay Up Late and Fresh Tracks DJs.

Performers included:

  • Former Collabro star, Richard Hadfield, now being described as ‘the British Micheal Bublé’
  • Psychedelic Lewes legends Tongue and Groove with a special performance from 60’s legend Arthur Brown
  • Lola Hepper Britten
  • Bring Back the Wolf
  • Morgan J James
  • Mr Super Juice
  • Delta 7
  • Lizzie Emeh
  • Shuffle
  • Jerry Dearden, and many more.

The partnership behind Every Sort of People hopes that this will become an annual event, and will inspire more accessible community programming in the future.

Julia Roberts, Associate Director Culture Shift said:

The Every Sort Of People Festival was a leap of faith for Culture Shift. There was a high element of risk involved in creating an event which aspired to be genuinely integrated at every level – planning, delivery, audiences, performers and contributors. On a shoestring budget, so much could have gone wrong but a core group of organisations and individuals shared a vision and committed their energies and talents to making it happen. Community effort and goodwill was rewarded with a sunny day and over 1000 people who came to the Dripping Pan on Saturday and take part in a unique festival event that was enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Lewes FC for the invitation and the support to turn their ground into a festival for a day and thanks to everyone who played their part in making the vision a reality. We believe the event showed that social inclusion is possible and powerful and we hope that many more events like this will happen in future.

 

Kevin Miller, CEO of Lewes Football Club said:

On behalf of the Lewes Football Club Community I’d like to thank Julia and her team, the amazing support that we all received from our local community groups, the volunteers, the bands, the face-painters, the carers, and everyone involved, for creating such an amazing day… This festival epitomised everything that we as a Football Club aspire to: total inclusion, the celebration of diversity, and the coming together of so many committed and dedicated people, all working in harmony to provide a brilliant event for everyone to enjoy. Lewes Football Club are very proud of our part in the success of Every Sort Of People, and we are already looking towards 2018 and making this event a permanent fixture in our football calendar.

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Quotes from some of the attendees:

It’s so safe here for my kids to run around and enjoy themselves. We’ve all had a brilliant day and we’ll definitely come back next year.

(Mum attending the festival with young children)

The sun shone on us and what a glorious day it was! To look around the site and see people chilling on blankets drinking beers and eating together, families hula hooping together, people with and without learning/physical disabilities dancing and wheelchairs pimped up in gold sheets and fringing….was amazing! We have received so many comments from people about how much they enjoyed the day and many people saying that it felt lovely to see so many different people together.

(Community partner)

Every Sort Of People was a life changing, joy giving and humbling experience. Every second was beautiful and sparkling with gold.

(Tongue and Groove Lead Singer Phil Rose)

More photographs of the day here in our ESOP gallery.

Download our evaluation summary here.