Phoenix Project, day 7

Posted by carlotta on Friday August 9th, 2013 at 11:30am

Here is the next instalment of my daily post about the Phoenix Project, a photo documentary about the former industrial site in the heart of Lewes that is now home to over a dozen vibrant arts and community groups. An exhibit and art trail of the project opens in two weeks.

Starfish extravaganza

Monday was a music-filled Phoenix Project day. First stop – the Old Foundry music studio to hear Cozinha recording their lovely South American folk roots music. Second stop – the Starfish extravaganza at the Lamb where youth bands played from 4 to 10pm. So much talent coming from a single building with a few practice rooms on the Phoenix Estate, run on a shoe string by the two dedicated coordinators, Steve and Ian. They have been helping kids play together in bands and write their own music for 14 years now. I think it is fair to say that over this time they have had a hugely positive impact on a great many young people in the area.

Ok, enough barnstorming and on to the gig. I heard the last three bands of the evening – the band with no name, ‘Calpol Killed My Uncle’ and ‘Half Built House’. It was so inspiring to see teenagers get up on stage and perform all their own original music with confidence and talent. By the end of the evening, most of the audience was on its feet dancing – a celebration of all that makes Starfish such a valued part of the Lewes community. More photos from the shoot can be found here.

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