Before I start I’m splitting this event into 2 blog posts, one for the day portion and one for the night portion. I have so many images and so much to talk about I didn’t want it to be 1 HUGE post. So here we go, Priory Lane Festival during the day.
On October 1st I attended the Priory Lane Festival that was hosted by the Priory Lane Music Project at the Priory Lane Youth Centre. I was invited along to photograph the event by my friend Michael who runs the music project. I arrived at around 12pm, lunch time, to be greeted by a whole host of different things going on, I hadn’t anticipated just how much would be going on at once. There was a Graffiti Artist, Graffiti Rooms, spraying a mural for the music project, Birds of Prey, a BBQ, a coffee morning/cake sale, and drama workshops.
I mainly hung around outside to shoot the progress of the mural from blank boards to finished piece. The artist, Graffiti Rooms, is a really down to earth guy with a supreme talent and passion for what he does. I chatted with him a few times throughout the day but tried to leave him to his work as much as possible. Like I just said the mural started as 3 plain white boards leant against the side of the building but over the course of 3 hours and many, many layers of paint, they slowly turned into a beautiful mural that through a camera lens looks like its been designed in Adobe Illustrator and printed out. If you have a minute go check out Graffiti Rooms’ Instagram page, it’s seriously cool!
Whilst the mural was being painted I dived inside to check out the Drama Workshops. Double R Arts hosted the workshop and the amazingly talented kids played out some scenes while the audience guessed who they were, the scenario and the where they were supposed to be. I watched for a short while and all the kids are seriously talented for their ages. Lighting was difficult inside so I didn’t get many useable images.
After the drama workshops finished they were replaced with a Drum Circle Workshop hosted by Tidal Beats. They arrived with a massive array of African Drums, set up a circle of chairs and welcomed anyone and everyone who wanted to join in. They didn’t just play and expect people to be able to play along, they actually taught people how to play the different notes and rhythms as they went along. The 2 guys leading the workshop were super tenanted and really had a back for teaching as well as playing. They ran 2 workshops during their time at the event and both were full and completely different. If you want to check them out or even join they check out their website and get yourself down to one for a super fun activity that everyone can enjoy!
After checking out the drama and drumming workshops I headed back outside to see how the mural was coming along and was AMAZED by the progress! I had left when it when nothing more than an outline and a few accents, but came back to a work of art! The artist was just adding the final touches to the piece so a grabbed a few shots and just watched in awe.
Part 2 of the even will come next week and will be all about the evening at the Priory Lane Festival so make sure you check that out when it goes live.
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