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Co-creating change in Gloucester

A photograph of Philipa Smith

Hi everyone, my name is Philippa and I am an Associate Producer for Strike A Light. 

I am currently working on a project called ‘co-creating change‘ which is an initiative to encourage everyone to work together to create something special for their communities. 

Gloucester has a thriving African and Caribbean community and as a member, I feel that there is a lot of talent that can be shared in and around Gloucester and beyond. 

Lately, I have been working with a number of people to create a team of ‘community promoters.’ So, what is a community promoter? Well, they are locals who are passionate about Gloucester and its arts scene and they would like to see more people, access, create, participate in, produce and be a part of a thriving arts scene in Gloucester. The group of community promoters I’ve been working with promote events within the African and Caribbean community. 

The group have a couple of shows planned for the next few months. The first is a family variety show, which will take place in May. This night promises to be a treat! It will include local acts as well as one or two guests from outside of town. If you would like to be involved, let the team know – the more, the merrier!

Secondly, the group is planning a performance at this year’s Rooftop Festival. Once again, the idea is to showcase local talent, and bring a variety of different artists and genres together: music, singers, dance, fashion and more. 

Keep an eye out for more performances during the year – and why not get involved yourself as well? We’re always happy to hear from people who’d be interested in helping us co-create some change!