“For young people, by young people”. I bet that’s a recipe for disaster right? Wrong. It’s, a brilliant approach used in creating a unique and exciting new national youth arts festival in Wales called ‘RawFfest GwylGrai’.
‘RawFfest GwylGrai’ begins on Thursday 18th August and ends on Sunday 21st August at the Riverfront Arts Theatre in Newport and is targeted towards people aged 14-25. With over 500 people expected over the course of three days and a diverse, interactive programme covering all aspects of art, ‘RawFfest’ will be an immersive and incredible experience.
You’re wondering, “What can I expect to see at RawFfest?”; there is definitely something for everyone in the programme. From the Silent Disco featuring playlists curated by young people on the first night and an attempt at a Silent Twmpath happening on the first night, to a Doctor Who Game Maker Workshop led by award-winning BBC producer Matt Rogers. There will be musical performances throughout the festival also.
RawFfest have their own spin on classic music festivals and have created a ‘Gig in the Garden’ area that is beautifully decorated and a serene, mellow vibe which is perfect for vocalists. That’s not all though. For those who prefer a more lively and dynamic scene, we also feature the ‘Shuffle Live’, featuring numerous acts across all genres of music constantly rotating on stage. One minute you’ll be listening to alternative music and the next you're tossed into a world of Rock ’n’ Roll.
The final day of RawFfest has been dubbed the ‘Fashion Day’, showcasing collections made by some of the young volunteers involved in co-ordinating the festival, as well as workshops such as ‘How to build a brand in 90 minutes’ led by Amy Smith, who has a successful clothing brand featured on the renowned store ‘Asos’. This is just a microcosm of the fantastic programmming that encompasses all ranges of art varying from performance art, visual arts, fashion, photography, music, film and much, much more.
RawFfest has hit the ground running and the young people involved in its organisation are all from diverse backgrounds within the arts and are all from different walks of life.