Over the bank holiday weekend, City Sound Project hosted a festival in Dane John Gardens. The event showcased a host of music acts, artsy stalls and food and drink stands. Art, Music and Hair students from Canterbury College used this opportunity to integrate their expertise into the community by hosting stalls and playing music at the festival.
Music students performed during both days just outside the Wise Words tent as crowds gathered on hay bales to listen to the acoustic sound. One student, Fred Packman, who is studying Music Practice Level 3, made such an impact on the crowds that he was asked to open up the main stage with his band, Indigo’s Child, on the Sunday afternoon. Fred, and Jude Jefferies, the band’s drummer, jumped at this opportunity and played classic covers such All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan and a few of the band’s original songs to the buzzing crowds.
Following the performance, Fred said: “This was a great experience that will definitely open up a lot of doors for us as a band. This is the largest gig we have played to date and it’s resulted in meeting people we wouldn’t have had chance to run into before, such as members of Art31 and Canterbury’s slam poetry events.”
Across from the music stage, Art students were creating personalised friendship bracelets by using a range of scrap materials to create plaited straps around wooden fasteners. Members of the public were able to pick up readymade bracelets for a small donation or to create their own personal upcycled band with the help of our Art students. This stall helped to raise money for Kent’s MS Therapy Centre whilst teaching others how to create sustainable jewellery.
Meanwhile, alongside the Art students, Hair students worked to create colourful festival hairstyles. The stall tended to long queues as visitors were pulled in by the interesting assortment of hairstyles that our students were creating. From glitter spray to pink, green and blue strands, children and adults flocked to the stall for space hair buns and French or Dutch plaits — raising even more money for the MS Therapy Centre.
Canterbury College students worked within the community to aid the success of the festival, which pulled in over ten thousand people over the two days, a triumph for City Sound Project. In total, Canterbury College raised £189.27 for MS Therapy during a busy community event.