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All You Need To Know About Cally Fest

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As long-standing Islington residents, Tileyard is always looking for new ways to engage with the local community.

Most recently, Tileyard has been instrumental in setting up Tileyard Impact, a Community Interest Company working with giving in young people access to opportunities in the creative industries through giving them work placements, and running training on-site. Wizdom, the Managing Director will be working closely with the Cally Fest organisers this year to run an entire stage at the festival.

We got talking to Russell Swallow, one of the event organisers at Cally Fest to find out more about the festival. Russell has been a part of of the Cally Fest team for 2 years now. He is one of a team, of three including Joana Casaca and Barry Causton.

Cally Fest itself has been running for 9 years, with their 10th birthday coming next year in 2020.

Russell said:

“Cally Fest is a community-led festival, designed to engage the local community and afar to the local talents of the people of Islington.”

Cally Fest is London’s largest street festival and attracts more than 8000 in footflow every year, growing in size each year! This year the team have even adopted an additional street to make space for more activities.

You can expect activities for all the family, live music, circus activities, art workshops, dance, boxing, local food stalls and many more.

Russell said:

“The event primarily draws content and interaction from the wider community”

He added:

“This year we’ve expanded the variety of activity to diversify it and ensure there is something for everyone!”

It’s a good way to display what wonderful things happen in Islington! This year as part of Tileyard’s sponsorship, Tileyard Impact will be hosting the youth stage alongside the Yxung Creators of the Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP), a local youth charity.

Tileyard Impact have been providing events management training connecting the young team to professionals, whilst also auditioning in local schools and the community for performers. The acts have also received artistic development training over 4 weeks on Saturdays at Tileyard. Wizdom of Tileyard Impact said:

“Cally Fest has given us an opportunity to support the fantastic talent and work that is already happening in our community and be able to add Tileyards expertise and resources to help develop it further”

And added:

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work so closely with so much local talent and help them develop their artistry. I am really looking forward to seeing that shared with the local community at the festival”  

If you pop down to CallyFest, you’ll also see Tileyard Music’s very own fast-emerging dance-pop artist Tiggi Hawke on the main stage as the headline act.

This year Cally Fest is being held on June 23, and they are still looking for volunteers to help on the day! You can find out more about Cally Fest here.

You can hear more from the organisers in our very special At The Yard podcast below!


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