The community fair held at the Rose Bowl on Ramsey Walk last Saturday was a great event that showcased young local talent and demonstrated the passion and commitment of all those volunteers who helped set it up, and those who have devoted much of their free time to helping out young people in Islington.
Possibly one of the most important of all visitors was the sun, which came out and stayed out, making it both one of the warmest days of the summer and a day to remember for all who came and took part.
Upstairs at the Rose bowl there was refreshments and live music, while Ciara the community gardener from Global Generation, gave a workshop to youngsters hoping to cultivate their own green fingers.
In the park, the celebration started with young members taking part in a costume parade, where they were transformed in to bees, cows and buffalo to name a few of the animals on display – with the more skillful taking part in the parade on stilts. There were plenty of things to keep people busy with stalls, activities and workshops running throughout the day as visitors could enjoy getting their body painted as part of the body art workshop, or have a go at practicing sparring and boxing with the Access to Sports workshop. Continuing with the sporting theme there was also the Reggae Aerobics workshop for those who wanted to combine great music with staying in shape. The bouncy castle was very popular throughout the afternoon with the more junior guests.
Two important contributors were the Urban Hope community project, run by Alex and Joy, and the Urban Tales collective that had been running workshops at the Rose Bowl throughout the summer.
Joy explained how important Urban Hope was for the local community: “The organization is run from St. Stephen’s Church in Canonbury, and it’s open to anyone aged between 8 to 18 years old. We run cooking workshops and sports events – it’s a chance for young people to take part in group activities and socialize in a safe environment.”
Andre, Rosa and Fatima the workshop leaders of Urban Tales, as well as giving guidance and promoting community-mindedness in young people, they compiled a booklet on ’40 Things To Do in Your Spare Time’, which aims to engage and inspire teenagers to use their skills and passions. Rosa said the inspiration behind the booklet and the workshops was “to reach out and help people who are perhaps bored, lacking direction or motivation. The aim of the booklet was so that local kids can put their time to good use and get a better understanding of who they are and what they enjoy doing.”
In the playground there was a DJ spinning tunes and a Circus School performance to showcase daring talents, followed by Andre, Rosa and Fatima’s Urban tales – which featured a presentation on stories and tales of leadership. To end a memorable day there was an Open Mic session for aspiring singers, musicians and performers.