Celebrate the Year of Young People at Evolve Fest 2018!

Greenock arts charity RIG Arts will host Evolve Fest, supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, on Sunday June 3rd 2pm – 8pm at Custom House Quay in Greenock.

In the Year of Young People, Evolve Fest 2018 will shine a spotlight on the creative talent of Inverclyde’s young people with a day filled of fun things to do and see for all ages. The programme for this exciting Summer Festival has been planned for you by our youth panel – you’ll have the opportunity to try your hands at arts, crafts and upcycling during pop-up workshops, see two unique films created by our young filmmakers, dance along to brand-new music composed by young musicians working with ‘Love and Money’ frontman James Grant, enjoy specially choreographed performances by the Beacon Youth Dance Club and Clydeview Academy students and be inspired by a visual art exhibition created by local high school students!

RIG Arts is a multi-award winning artist led, socially engaged, arts, film and media charity based in Inverclyde bringing professional artists and the community together using innovation and creativity. This project will help people of all ages learn new skills, become more involved in the development of their community and encourage citizenship and education.

Filmmaker Chris Fallen has been running a Film School for 12 – 17 year olds and 18 – 25 year olds, teaching them the ins and outs of creating a film. The participants learned how to develop a story and format a script and how to use all technical equipment including cameras, sound recorders, lighting and stabilisers. Each group pitched ideas and developed the chosen one into a short film script, took on roles such as Director, Producer, Camera Operator and Sound Mixer, and spent a few weeks filming on location before heading to the editing room for Post Production. The two completed films will be screened inside The Beacon Arts Centre throughout the event. They are both Comedy Dramas, Faux Show – about social media lives and the real world, and Late Returns – about not being able to leave school without finding an old library book.

For our performances on the day, musician James Grant has been mentoring young local performers and bands, helping them to create their own music and lyrics for the day. The Love and Money frontman has sold millions of records, toured the world and has performed with some of the best in the business; U2, BB King, Tina Turner, Steely Dan, Pete Seeger, Karen Matheson, The Prague Philharmonic… He’s written a host of critically acclaimed and hugely successful albums, most notably, Strange Kind Of Love. His coaching has been an inimitable experience for the aspiring musicians who will perform their very own pieces of music on stage alongside James at the Festival.

Evolve Fest will also have an exhibition of work produced by local high school students during ‘Young Contemporary’ workshops. Glasgow based artists Sacha Airlie and Katharine Barrington held workshops in St Columba’s High School, tutoring ambitious young artists to create contemporary pieces to be put on show. The finished works include four large sculptural and abstract artworks and one collaborative piece. The works are inspired by everyday objects, interpreting them in a contemporary way with mixed media.

The festival programme is being developed by a group of local young people who meet once a month to discuss the event. The Inverclyde teenagers have handpicked the day’s art activities and developed the branding for marketing of the event.

Morgan Carter, 18, who heads-up the group said: “We’re all really excited for the Festival as it’s something we’ve never seen in the area before, and there’s so much going on to be involved in. It’s been a great opportunity for me to make new friends; other young people I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet. I can’t wait to see it all come together on the day.”

As well as the film screenings, exhibition and performances from Black Dove, Jack Vize and others on the main stage, the Festival will include plenty of activities to get hands-on involved in, for example art and upcycling crafts, a picnic area, photo opportunities, hot food, free ice cream and a finale fireworks display.

A spokesperson for RIG Arts commented on the project: “All of our principles as a Charity revolve around creating opportunities for young people and maintaining a base for the arts in Inverclyde. The Year of Young People has been the perfect occasion to showcase the local talent and really celebrate the art, music and film being created.

We want young people in Inverclyde and further afield to explore their creative potential and know there is a place for them in the Community. We hope that everyone will come along to Evolve Fest to see and join in on the work being produced.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Evolve Fest 2018 is set to be a true celebration of Inverclyde’s young people. They have done a fantastic job planning a festival for the young and young at heart to enjoy with a particular focus on providing a platform for aspiring creative talent. In the Year of Young People, EventScotland is proud to be supporting such a great showcase of young people’s contributions to communities and cultural life."

Evolve Fest is a free entry event open to all. Entrances are based at the corners of Custom House Square, Greenock, PA15 1EQ.

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