Current Programmes > Every Sort of People Festival

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.

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.


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