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SouthWestFest has just launched its first ever crowdfund campaign, and is asking it’s supporters to help fund a reimagined safe and socially distanced festival for 2021.

Check out the page here: https://www.spacehive.com/southwestfest-reimagined

The crowdfund campaign hosted on Spacehive, is part of the #crowdfundwestminster initiative. This pairs large grant givers with crowdfund projects, however these funders will only consider pledging to projects if they can see it has the community’s support – this is shown through small donations from local community members.

SouthWestFest is looking to raise just over £12,000 by January, however the first hurdle comes at the end of November, when the large grant givers will consider the festival’s campaign and decide if they are going to donate. To help the festival show that they have the support of the local community they are asking for the public to pledge, comment and like their campaign page on Spacehive to raise awareness.

The hope is between small local donations, and larger donations from the initiative’s funding pots in November, that the festival can reach its target by the end of January 2021.

Funding will help the organisation organise a 3 week Festival Programme between June and July 2021, offering fun, free, accessible and entertaining socially distanced events held in outdoor spaces, indoor venues and online with partner organisations from across the area.

Joanna Goodey, Festival Director said “Although we may not be able to bring back our big outdoor community festival weekend events in St Georges Square, we still plan on creating a festival celebrating the area for all the community to enjoy. We have some great plans for socially distanced performances, art trails and workshops as well as digital events which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. 2020 has been an incredibly hard year for so many and we want to offer the public something to look forward to and a way to bring our community together again.”

There are two easy ways to support the festival’s campaign:

1) To pledge financial support to the project page – please pledge here: www.spacehive.com/southwestfest-reimagined

Any amount from £2 upwards is a fantastic help, 100 people donating £2 shows more local support to the large funders than 1 person donating £100 (but if you want to donate big don’t let us stop you – we really need all the help we can get!).

2) To share the project through your networks, social media and marketing to help us raise awareness across the area.

We want to thank you in advance for your ongoing support and commitment to the festival!

Team SWF

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Join cave, local artists and SouthWestFest for this unique online and on foot Art Trail!

Date: Date: 9th-12th July

Time: Launches 11am 9th July

Location: Online exhibition and Art Trail on foot map will go live on our website 9th July

About this activity: Join cave and other local artists from the Pimlico area on an exciting art trail. Follow the trail map on foot to visit the artists works in local windows and front gardens or take a look at the work hosted in our online exhibition.

Guided Tour of On Foot Art Trail: 12.30-4.30pm Saturday 11th July, meeting at The Old Rent Office Pop-Up Gallery, Wellington Buildings, Ebury Bridge Rd, London SW1W 8SA led by artist Harmony Thyme.

Artists involved:
Sue Armitage | Julie Bloom | ETAT | Ruby David-Jekyll | Lydia Gardner | Vivienne Gibbon | Pat Hayward | Barnaby Hughes & Harmony Thyme | Ninebob | Hayley Mcavoy | Richard Mittens | Mustafa | Polysara | Luke Ratz | Glen Riches | Capella Silverangel | Karen Turner | Millbank Creative Works

More about cave:

Introducing cave a space on a mission to find itself and its place in an ever changing throw away word. The beliefs of the cave artists lie within the notion of art being an impulse to make!

Today’s emerging artists entering the contemporary art world are aware that they will very likely have to commit to a second paying job for the foreseeable future to make ends meet. But with this knowledge they still make the decision to pursue a career in the arts.

The day to day running of cave comprises of a second hand shop with workshop, café, gallery and studio space. Running exhibitions and artist residences. Selling ready-mades, re-claimed and found objects some as seen, some being worked on by cave artists to create ad hoc and bespoke pieces to be sold to passing trade. We also generate income by the sale of works of art, craft, vintage and designer items from invited artists and donators.

Where to find cave online:

Website: https://www.cavepimlico.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cavepimlico

Instagram: @cavepimlico 

Funded by The Pimlico Million

In-Deep present ‘SEN Music and Relaxation Session’ 3 -10 Years

Date: Saturday 11th July 2020

Time: 11:30am-12:10pm

Location: Online via Zoom – Email Emma to register at emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

Who is this session for: 3- 10 year olds and their parents/carers

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session: Free. If you have a child with special needs and disabilities come and take part in our music and relaxation session run by qualified experienced music therapists.

If your child is struggling with lockdown and social distancing take part and join in the fun.

There is another session at 1.00 – 1.40 for 11 – 19 year olds

Social Media:

Web: http://www.in-deep.org.uk

Facebook: In-Deep – Changing Children’s Lives Through Music

Enhance your CV with City Lions part of City Lions Digital Festival

Dates: Monday 6th July

Times: 12pm- 1pm 

Location: Online – Get involved here

Who is this session for: Young people 12 – 18 years.

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session: In this workshop the City Lions Team will help you kick start or develop your existing CV and CV skills ready to help you get a work experience placement, part time job or apprenticeship! We’ll be sharing helpful hints and tips that you’ll be able to use straight away.

Social Media:

Website: https://citylions.org/

Instagram: @westminstercitylions

Twitter: @CityWestminster

 

The South Westminster BIDS and TOZI present ‘Making the Perfect Risotto’

Date: Thursday 9th July 2020

Time: 12:00pm-12:45pm

Location: Online – Register for your place here

Who is this session for: Families, Couples, Older and Younger Individuals

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session: Free. The South Westminster BIDs are collaborating with local partners to bring you a series of virtual events that can be accessed for free from the comfort of your own home.

TOZI is an Italian restaurant in Victoria specialising in “cicchetti” Italian tapas, with an all Italian wine and cocktail list. Head Chef, Maurilio Molteni’s food is minimum fuss, but maximum flavour!

Maurilio is often asked how to make the perfect risotto – which rice? how long to cook it for? Well, in this asparagus risotto cooking masterclass, Maurilio will reveal his top secrets.

Have fun and cook along at lunchtime!

Social Media:

Web: https://www.victoriabid.co.uk/in-victoria/#vic_events

Facebook: Victoria BID and The Northbank BID

Twitter: @VictoriaBID and @TheNorthbankBID

Instagram: @victoriabid and @thenorthbankbid

Join SouthWestFest and City Lions for a Stand Up Comedy workshop with award winning Comedian Ben Target!

Date: Friday 10th July 2020

Time: 5.00pm -6.30pm

Free Tickets: Register On Eventbrite Click Here

Location: Online Zoom Workshop – A link to the Zoom call will be emailed to participants.

How to join our online events safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops and our online events safeguarding policy.

Who is this workshop aimed at: Young People aged between 13 – 16

About the workshop: This event is being produced as part of SouthWestFest’s Digital Festival and City Lion’s Digital Festival celebrating creative industries and young people. Do you want to be a stand-up comedian? Come and join the Comedy Academy 4 Kids! Our teachers are DBS checked comics and stage professionals, whose workshops take you through the process of coming up with material, honing it, and performing it onstage. This Zoom session will be run by award-winning stand-up Ben Target, and will introduce participants to the world of comedy, showing them how to find the funny in their own experiences and turn it into confidently-delivered stand-up.

Exclusive Performance: Plus don’t miss our exclusive performance by award winning stand up comedian Alice Fraser at the end of the workshop!

More about ComedyClub4Kids: We are, as our name very strongly suggests, a Comedy Club 4 Kids. We run shows, for those who want to see comedy aimed at a family audience, and workshops, for those kids who want to try it themselves. We have been doing it since 2005, so well over a decade. We’re really rather good at it.

Our workshops teach young people how to write and perform comedy, finding the funny in life and their own experiences, and turning this into confidently-delivered stand-up and sketches.

Where to find ComedyClub4Kids and City Lions online:

Website: https://www.comedyclub4kids.co.uk/

Website: https://citylions.org/students/digitalfestival/

Join Sketch Appeal and SouthWestFest for a fun Social Sketch Up evening online!

Date: Wednesday 8th July

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Free Tickets: Click Here to Register on Eventbrite

Location: Online Zoom Workshop

Who is this workshop aimed at: Adults – This is a fun online social event, focused around sketching each other in portraits!

How to join our online events safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops and our online events safeguarding policy.

Workshop Description: Come and unleash your creativity at this fun portrait-sketching session for grown-ups!

After a quick warm-up challenge, you and your ‘sketchmates’ will take it in turns to pose whilst the rest of the group draw your portrait. Poses will last approx. 5 minutes and you’ll be given a set of fun and experimental prompts to keep things interesting! Picasso-style, non-dominant hand, abstract, Zodiac-inspired, single colour, single line… or you could set your own if you prefer!

NB: This is not a ‘serious’ drawing class – it’s an informal social sketching session that will give you chance to chat, laugh and get creative with others in your community. Your experience of drawing doesn’t matter – it’s a moment to pause, play and experience the joy of sketching for the fun of it.

(OPTIONAL) DRESS CODE = FLOWER POWER!

To participate in this session you will need:

Access to Zoom (ideally on a large screen – e.g. laptop or tablet
A5 or A4 Paper (approx.. 20-25 sheets per participant)
Colourful drawing materials – coloured pencils, felt tip pens etc. (try to avoid graphite pencils)
Something to drink – it’s thirsty work!

About Sketch Appeal:

Sketch Appeal is a Community Interest Company (CIC) on a mission to ignite creativity and celebrate the joy of SKETCH!

Through our magazine, events and online community, we aim to inspire and empower people with ideas, tools and opportunities to get creative – and GET HAPPY!

We’re here to promote ART FOR ALL and believe that EVERYONE CAN DRAW and enjoy the mood-boosting, mind-growing benefits of doing it more!

We’re not here to help you master techniques or “get good at art”: our aim is simply to encourage you to embrace your creativity, experiment and play with new ideas, and to set your inner child freeeeeeeeee!

Find Sketch Appeal Online:

Website: www.sketchappeal.co.uk

Instagram: sketchappeal

 

Join the Community Health Champions and SouthWestFest for a special Cook and Eat Happy video and competition!

About the Activity: This will be a special online video which will be released via our website and Facebook channels. In this session our favourite Community Health Champion Ivana will be showing you how to cook a special tasty, and nutritious recipe: Mexican Chicken Fajitas, Home made Salsa and Home made Guacamole, with non – alcoholic cooler and a Summer Fruit Salad, which you can cook alone or with your friends and family!

About the Competition: Once you have completed cooking your healthy dish, take a ‘foodie photo’ of your final dish send it in via our special competition link, all your foodie photos will be shared on our website and the best looking dish will win a prize! Full competition details to be released when our Cook and Eat Happy cook along video is launched online!

About The Community Health Champions: The Community Champions programme brings people together to build strong communities and local services, giving residents and communities the tools and resources to identify local issues and problems – and come up with their own solutions.

Our Community Champions volunteer on Churchill Gardens & Tachbrook estates and the Denbigh Triangle, sharing important messages about health and local services with family, friends and neighbours.

Find more about the Abbey Centre Community Champions online: 

Website: www.communitychampionsuk.org

Website: community.theabbeycentre.org.uk

Facebook: Facebook page

 

City Lions Digital Festival: City Lions Digital Festival: Think like a designer!

Dates:  Friday 10th July

Times: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Online – Register here

Who is this session for: Young people 11 – 18yrs

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session:Be prepared for any career in design, as Service Designer, Rob Sloan introduces principles of ‘design thinking’ through the seemingly mundane activity of eating an orange! You will learn to think curiously and put your problem solving skills to the test in an everyday task that can be translated across any field of design and beyond.

Social Media:

Website: https://citylions.org/

Instagram: @westminstercitylions

Twitter: @CityWestminster

 

City Lions Digital Festival: Fashion masterclass with Fashion Bytes

Dates:  Thursday 9th of July

Times: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Online – Register here

Who is this session for: Young people 11 – 18yrs

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session: Learn from Hilary from CEO of Fashion Bytes, who will be giving you an insight into the world of fashion and helping you create your own tie-dye item of clothing with items found from around your home! Hilary will also be sharing her own experiences of working in the fashion industry and her top tips for making it as a fashion designer.

Social Media:

Website: https://citylions.org/

Instagram: @westminstercitylions

Twitter: @CityWestminster

 

City Lions Digital Festival: Being a tour guide with Wonders of London

Dates:  Thursday 9th of July

Times: 11am – 12pm

Location: Online – Register here

Who is this session for: Young people 12 – 18 years.

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session: What is tour guiding? How do you create a successful tour based on your interests? During this workshop you’ll not only get the chance to take part in a professional virtual tour of London but also learn from a tour guide from Wonders of London about how to become a modern and engaging tour guide! You’ll also learn about social media marketing and how Coronavirus is affecting the tourism industry.

Social Media:

Website: https://citylions.org/

Instagram: @westminstercitylions

Twitter: @CityWestminster