Every Sort of People Festival A Humbling Experience

The first ever Every Sort of People Festival went with a bang on 13 May at Lewes Football Club Stadium and was attended by over 1000 people.

esop137Festival shenanigans started at 12pm and featured live music, DJs, and other performances and workshops over 3 stages which continued until 8pm. The event was accessible and attended by many people with physical and learning disabilities as well as non-disabled people of all ages, who enjoyed top quality entertainment in a friendly, chilled atmosphere.

The success of this event proves that integrated, accessible community programming is possible and that such accessibility benefits and is enjoyed by everyone.

Specific accommodations to make the event truly accessible included accessible toilets, free tickets for carers, Migloo accessible changing suite, Blue Badge parking, accessible bars and food.

There was a strong showing from the local community sector with over 30 organisations represented including Patina, Diversity Lewes, Dementia Action Alliance, Chestnut Tree House, Starfish Music.

Accessible, family-friendly activities included: circus skills, samba, table tennis, jewellery-making, ‘Pimp my Wheelchair’ and exploring mindfulness through chocolate.

Culture Shift and Lewes Football Club have organised this event with a team of community partners including Starfish Music, Stay Up Late and Fresh Tracks DJs.

Performers included:
• Former Collabro star, Richard Hadfield, now being described as ‘the new British Bublé’
• Psychadelic Lewes legends Tongue and Groove with a special performance from Arthur Brown
• Lola Hepper Britten
• Bring Back the Wolf
• Morgan J James
• Mr Super Juice
• Delta 7
• Lizzie Emeh
• Shuffle
• Jerry Dearden, and many more.

The partnership behind Every Sort of People hopes that this will become an annual event, and will inspire more accessible community programming in the future.

‘It’s so safe here for my kids to run around and enjoy themselves. We’ve all had a brilliant day and we’ll definitely come back next year.’ said one Mum attending the festival with her young children.

esop19The sun shone on us and what a glorious day it was! To look around the site and see people chilling on blankets drinking beers and eating together, families hula hooping together, people with and without learning/physical disabilities dancing and wheelchairs pimped up in gold sheets and fringing….was amazing! We have received so many comments from people about how much they enjoyed the day and many people saying that it felt lovely to see so many different people together.’  said the organisers.

Tongue and Groove Lead Singer Phil Rose added ‘Every Sort Of People was a life changing, joy giving and humbling experience. Every second was beautiful and sparkling with gold.’ 

Culture Shift is a Community Interest Company, based in Lewes, which puts creativity to work to create positive change in the community. Culture Shift works in partnership with organisations across the cultural and arts sector, as well as with education, health and social care providers.