Once again the locals put on a fantastic, family-friendly community event in Tarner Park this weekend as Tarner World Festival 2018 took place.
This year, Tarner Community Project partnered with Audio Active and South East Dance to provide a range of entertainment, suitable for all ages and made accessible to the D/deaf community through BSL interpreters and highly visual performances.
Along with Brighton Unemployed Family Centre Project, Tarner Area Partnership and Tarner children’s centre, TDC were there on the day and we particularly appreciated the opportunity to ask people about what matters to them in Queens Park Road for the neighbourhood action plan. One new resident even told us “This park is a hidden treasure”.
The festival was a fun celebration on a beautiful sunny day, and the people of Tarner showed their community spirit with an excellent turn out. Neighbourhoods projects manager Kirsty Walker said of the festival “This event is a great way of celebrating young people’s volunteering and creativity instead of focusing on negative issues related to anti-social behaviour in the park”.
There were plenty of activities on offer at this year’s festival – from poetry workshops, skateboarding, t-shirt designing and graffiti to a chance to meet a selection of unusual animals. And as usual the festival showcased a fabulous selection of food and drink – from slushies and cocktails to a BBQ and delicious home made Indian cuisine.
A routine from local dance troupe Tantrum and mini Tantrum was a particular highlight and the members of the troupe had the opportunity to meet Audio Active Patron Rag ’n’ Bone Man who was there enjoying the day out with his family and cheering on the talented young people on stage. If you don’t know much about Tantrum, read our interview with project leader Sue and find out the part that TDC community development workers played in helping set up the group.