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Young people from Southwark produce arts festival in Camberwell

Event preview

LIVE music and dance, interactive arts, an outdoor lounge and even a petting zoo will take centre stage on Camberwell Green as part of the Elephant and Nun festival.

Combonation, a new one-day festival taking place on Saturday, August 17, 2013, celebrates the cultures and talents of the local area, with spoken word artist and Youtube sensation Suli Breaks a headlining artist.

It has been designed and produced by a team of eight Southwark based young people, who have been training as young producers with Emergency Exit Arts in order to be able to transform the Green for this unforgettable event.

The event is free to attend with something for the whole family to enjoy. Audiences will see everything from bollywood dance and samba bands to ‘genius alley’ featuring local young entrepreneurs and performances from rapper Mr Miniature, former X Factor competitor Raquel Thomas and DJs Teewhy and Shyne from youth-led Reprezent Radio.

They’ll be a host of interactive experiences too with Bollywood workshops and carnival classes, climb a 20m high rock face and ‘draw’ on the ‘graffiti wall’. You can also ‘put pen to paper’ and challenge local artists to create one-off, personalised illustrations.

Southwark Young Producer Chloe Downe said: “We want people to leave the event with something – to have contributed and been part of the festival, to have had a new experience and left their mark.”

Also performing at the event is Kinetika Bloco who will be arriving on an open top bus, described by BBC Radio Two as “…an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge.”

Southwark’s Young Producers have met weekly for the last four months learning from and guided by industry professionals and the arts organisation Emergency Exit Art.

Ruby Baker, arts and events producer working with the group said: “When we started this project the group had barely any experience except for real interest in learning about cultural events. We encouraged the young producers to be as imaginative as possible with this event. They have run with that as a concept, so as the marketing says – expect the unexpected!”

The event finale features a high-energy performance from South London Samba. The group of 10 drummers from Peckham will take centre stage to close what is set to be an unforgettable day for the whole family.

The Combonation project was commissioned by Southwark Council as part of the annual Elephant and Nun festival and is supported by Southwark Youth Services.

Time: 2pm – 7pm.