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COMING TO WEST KENT COLLEGE IN 2021

About 'Be You Festival'

 

The ‘Be You Inclusive Arts Festival’ will be coming to West Kent College in Tonbridge on Monday 25th May 2020. This festival will give families an opportunity to celebrate individuality through various performances and workshops. The arts are a huge part of allowing, particularly those with needs, a chance to express themselves freely. As well as supporting the community, 'Be You' is offering a chance for all in attendance to embrace diversity.

 

‘This Is Us Dance Company’ are the co-ordinators and directors of the event. It is our mission to ensure that more minority groups are given the opportunity to participate in high quality creative sessions. We feel everyone should have access to the arts and have the chance to be seen, heard and belong. We felt it necessary to offer a platform where other fantastic pockets of inclusive art can celebrate their businesses, share ideas and support one another in strengthening the importance of inclusive practice.

 

The General Admission ticket will include: dance, art and music workshops, professional and community performances, creative art workshops, live music, sensory activities, story-telling and practical help and advice for supporting families in the community. This is a completely accessible event that celebrates the individual. 

 

In addition to all of the above we will be offering more bespoke workshops too - information on how to book these will be coming soon. For frequently asked questions, please click here.

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General Admission: £8 Child (Under 16’s ) and £10 adult

*babes in arms go free

Schedule

 

11am: Performance Showcase 1

This showcase will take place in the WKC theatre in a relaxed performance environment and will include performances by professionals and community groups

 

12pm: Explore, indulge and be inspired by your surroundings!

Take time to explore the other areas of the festival, enjoy a drink, have some food and chat to other families

 

1pm: Performance Showcase 2

This showcase will take place in the West Kent College Theatre in a relaxed performance environment and will include performances by professionals and community groups

 

2pm: Be Free, Be You and Have fun in your surroundings!

Take time to explore the other areas of the festival, enjoy a drink, have some food and chat to other families

 

3.30pm: Showtime 3 - The Final Showcase

The final showcase is the culmination of the day. A chance to come together and celebrate what it is to Be You!

Performers Involved:

BalletBoyz, Redo (dancer from Illabilities), Stopgap Dance Company, Casson and Friends, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Confidance, Square Pegs Arts, Hillview School for Girls, This Is Us Dance, Scotts Project, Shakespeare21, Suzies Show Hands, Band Without Boundaries, Strangeface Theatre.

 

Agencies Involved:

Imago, Born Anxious, Autism Threads, Kent Autistic Trust, SENs Facebook Mums and more to follow.

 

Schools Involved:

Oakley School, Nexus, Bishops Down Primary School and more to come. 

 

Activities and workshops led by:

Sensory Guru, Art Farty Retreats and workshop leaders to be announced.

Who can come?

‘Be You’ is  a day for everyone! Come with your family, a community group or with a group of friends. This is the day to be yourself, discover something new and celebrate our creative community. 

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Supported by:

Arts Council England

 

www.artscouncil.org.uk/

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Thank you to our Bright Stars: 

REN

www.renre.com

Caroline Jay Ranger

www.carolinejayranger.com

 

Thank you to our Twinkling Stars:

Hattons

www.hattonsrtwstore.co.uk

Cripps

www.crippspg.co.uk

 

 

Thank you to our Stars of the Sky:

David Reed Medium and Psychic, Phoenix Antiques, The Foster Family in memory of Ian.

For more information on the event please contact info@thisisusdance.co.uk

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