2022 Make Waves young producers at a Go-See in Brighton

Make Waves is a 9-month long programme which supports local 18-25 year olds to make their creative career goals a reality.

It’s a jam-packed programme, including skills-based workshops, mentoring, a professional development bursary, a paid work placement in a local creative company, and a budget of £1000 for each member of the group to produce a project of their own that showcases their creative skills and interests.

The project also includes ‘Go-Sees’. These are trips where we go to see creative events, speak to industry professionals, and get a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the creative industries to leave everyone feeling inspired.

On the last weekend of May 2022, our Make Waves group took a trip down to Brighton to find out more about The Brighton Festival.

Thankfully the sun was out, and we began the day soaking up the atmosphere around the city. Walking through The Lanes, past cafés and flea-markets we were able to get a feel for the city and its creative culture. We spent some time enjoying the street performers, and our talented group even got involved in dancing to some 90’s pop classics to much applause from the locals!

After a spot of lunch we travelled along the beautiful seafront to Whitehawk in the east of the city. Here, we were incredibly lucky to spend an hour with Abbie Reeve, a Producer from the Brighton Dome & Brighton Festivals. Abbie spoke to us all about the festival, including the different venues around the city, how the festival is programmed, the role of the Guest Director each year, and how Brighton Festival works with visiting artists to make them feel supported & welcome. She gave the group a unique insight into the practicalities of producing an annual festival across the whole city, some of the logistical challenges, and the importance of working to engage people throughout the community.

We then got to see this in action as we marched up the hill to catch Smoosh! by Paraorchestra. This invigorating production was brass-band-karaoke-and-dance-battle which wound its way through the streets. Performed by an inclusive cast of musicians and dancers, the crowd steadily grew as residents came out of their houses to discover the spectacle taking place in their doorstep. Audiences were encouraged to join in, singing & dancing along to classic tunes by Adele, Kate Bush, Massive Attack, Portishead & Fatboy Slim.
We loved how fun, uplifting and inclusive this production was in every sense. Not only did the company embody the values of inclusion in the performers that were showcased but taking the parade through a residential area felt like throwing a party for the communities of Whitehawk!

We all left, dazed and buzzing, saying how we thought Smoosh! would be an amazing thing to take place in different areas in Medway, and thinking about how our Make Wave-rs can use their summer projects to leave local communities with the same uplifting feeling.

Watch this space…..


With thanks to the team at the Brighton Festival for hosting us.


Make Waves is funded and supported by Creative Estuary, Medway Council, Kent County
Council and Theatre 31.

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