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Project information

develop community & youth through performing arts

As part of our annual music festival develop opportunities to showcase both local and national talent inc a Young Acoustic Roots competition with national entry, also a "grey roots" song-writing and performing competition. Within event also create opportunities for local performers

February 2011 - November 2011

Charity information: Dearne Culture Trust

Dearne Culture Trust
  • Need


    Wath is an area of low employment, aspirations, few cultural opportunities and low self-esteem. The aims are to embrace the community through involvement, raise self-esteem and help in economic regeneration. It is about opening up of new cultural aspirations, experiences and skill development especially youth. This project builds on highly successful previous festivals where we expanded the educational and training base in workshops, concerts and with developing skills for children.


    As part of our community festival we will work with local schools to get children involved allowing them to help and contribute via professional performing artists. We will run showcase events inc. Youth Acoustic roots competition and “grey roots singer/songwriter. We will run a series of concerts, community events, workshops involving local youngsters and others in organising the event, the project will create a new generation of artists and continue the legacy of Arts in the area

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop youth opportunities


    » organsie a national Youth Acoustic roots competition with a showcase concert, the winner will perform on the main stage during the music Festival

    What success will look like

    Success will be afternoon event with at least 6 finalists playing to audience of up to 100 during event and 300 on main stage

    Aim 2

    Implement street performances by local school children during community festival


    » Involve local schools inc children in the planning and organising of street performances using professional artists in the period before the events

    What success will look like

    Success will be a street audience of at least 1500 people 4 local Primary schools invovled along with professional artists, schools invovled in planning beforehand

    Aim 3

    Put on 2 evening concerts for local schools to showcase the artistic talents


    » Work iwth local schools in organsing two evening concerts where their children can perform on a professional stage with sound and lights

    What success will look like

    Success will be all 8 local schools involved in the planning and production of 2 evening concerts with an audience of 200 each night

    Aim 4

    Develop opportunites for local singer-songwriters


    » Run a series of "sing-arounds" during the community festival with prizes for the best non-professional performers over 50

    What success will look like

    Success will be 2 afternoon concerts with 10 or more finalists singers performing own songs with an audience of at least 50

    Aim 5

    Stage Wath Community festival


    » Expand activities to run a series of events over 2 days inc. street performances, marques, dance festival, workshop; involve community in organising

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 3 day community festival involving 8 local schools in the planning, dance and music festival, 3 street performers, 4 workshops and total audience of over 2000

  • Impact


    Changing people’s lives through opportunity to experience quality arts activities, increase involvement through workshops, active participation, developing skills and supporting local artists inc. opportunity on the main stage of a vibrant Festival with a wider audience. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of people involved, questionnaire, monitoring career of winners and working closely with local schools to track the progress of the students.


    Not all schools may wish to take part, we will deal with this by widening outwards if needed schools invited.

    Risk in attracting performers to competition, we will deal with this by wide publicity and developing links with other linked groups to ensure take-up


    Supporters will receive monthly email report showing progress and events along with access to web- and Facebook site. Also copy of main minutes of meetings.

    A summary report will be produced at the end of event. We are also happy to attend face to face meetings to report and discuss

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £31,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 childrens street 6 prof. artists each working for 6 days in schs
      £5,500 venues marquee and local community hall for events
      £3,500 PA/lights Provision of prof sound/lights
      £3,000 Street performers 8 performing artists over 2 days
      £10,800 concertsworkshops Prof artists for main festival
      £1,700 admin telephone licences stamps insurance, security

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BenBailey Homes £5,000 Guaranteed
    Ringways £2,000 Guaranteed
    Dearne trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Local surgeries £1,000 Guaranteed
    tickets £7,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire althpoguh hoped to attract audience from South Yorkshire generally


    Dearne Valley is a former coal mining community with all the pits now closed, now suffering from low self-esteem, poor health and low educational outcomes. few performing arts opportunities.
    Many parts of community will benefit by experience in high quality arts. Local children and performers will have their work showcased and helped to develop their skills as well as practical experience in helping in organising major community event

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a committee of people experienced in the Performing Arts/world music. We have run successfully Wath Festival now for some 35 years where it has grown and expanded especially over the past 6 years. We have strong network link to other local and regional providers for help, advice and support. We are members of the Association of Festival organsiers who we can go to for advice

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Roche

    Chair Involved in festival for 15 years, former High School Head, now Consultant with links to local schools and experience of project management

    Ann Roche

    Chair of Community; local teacher has organised community aspects for 7 years. Strong local links in community

    Gary Wells

    Vice Chair; Semi-professional musician; booking artists, concert management

    Keith Ansley

    Secretary- local self-employed professional. Venue management and admin