The event was scattered across five different areas making use of the space. As I ventured into Olympic Way I saw a different sight to the usual crowed of concert of football match hoers, there was a custom built skate park on Olympic Way’s pedway. The wedge ramps and grind rails was impressive. Skateboarders and BMXers showcased their skills. I found the children’s smaller ramp undeniably cute and inclusive.
Across from the skate park was the black and white United Borders mobile music recording bus and hop on board. A creative use of space and innovative idea hosted by a charity from Harlesden. It gave people the opportunity to record their own short piece of music.
The Main stage saw the MCs, spoken word artists, singers and poets showcase their skills. A mix of local and more well-known artists there was a variety of styles as well as a live band at one point.
Following the awareness and clothing stalls which included EPIC, I Am Hip Hop Magazine and Hip Hopera Foundation were the live graffiti walls. All led to a concrete jam space and DJ, where all dance styles cyphers were going on in between rounds of the 1:1 Breakin competition.
Big congratulations to B‑Boy Manny for taking the win as there was a live drummer in the background, a nice touch.
Throughout the festival there were free workshops in each element for community involvement which made it accessible to everyone. From dance to an open mic to a DJing workshop. In addition to all of this, around the park there were temporary art installations underneath the pedway designed to be, ‘instagramable’. Vegan food was also available from pop up stalls or if you wanted more choice you could grab a bite to eat from the twenty restaurants at the Boxpark which served a variety of cuisines from Japanese to Indian with plenty of seating.
The event also ended with a free after party. Bringing the community together, there was something for everyone. I can only envisage bigger and better this for this festival in my local community. Massive props to Inspirational Arts, EPIC (Every Person Is Capable), Tadao Productions, AQ Arts for bringing it all together.
Find our more about Epic and the work they do here: www.everypersoniscapable.com