The RISE Festival took place 26-28 June 2015 in and around the Dalgarno Estates in North Kensington W10. The aim was to have a festival for local people, by local people in local places, to celebrate the potential on the Dalgarno estates and to share skills. We wanted to see transformation as people worked and shared together and for a positive story to emerge from the estates to counteract the negative press that the area often gets. St Francis Church took a lead on the festival and worked in partnership with the following organisations:
City Living Local Life (RBKC), Friends of Little Scrubs, The Needlemakers, Corner 9 Arts, Open Door Friendship Centre, YWAM, International Justice Mission, The Dalgarno Trust, Sing to Live, Live to Sing, Just Fair Laughs, Dalgarno Neighbourhood Management Alliance, Arthur’s Ambassadors, Red Cat Lighting, Only Connect West, Westway Trust, Project Wild Thing, West London People’s Kitchen, Atelier Oursonne, Bubble Wubble and Funpact.
What happened during the weekend?
The weekend kicked off on the Friday night with the RISE Variety Show at St Francis. Saturday was a day of workshops across various venues (Tai Chi, Magic, Comedy, football, drama, climbing, knitting, film, campfire and an Iftar meal) with a festival hub offering refreshments, a photo booth and face paints outside St Francis Church. Sunday offered Liquid Church offering different ways of engaging with Scripture, West London People’s Kitchen preparing a feast from surplus food and the Big Lunch (with stalls, bouncy castle and candy floss) at the Dalgarno Trust ending with a balloon release. Over the weekend almost 600 different people attended one or more of the events, many of whom were from the local area.
Emma Taylor, from the Dalgarno Neighbourhood Management Alliance, said:
‘I’ve worked here for over eight years and it was fantastic to see such a high level of participation and wide level of diversity.’
We hope to do RISE again in the future. It was certainly a celebration of the vibrancy and life on the Dalgarno estates.