The Grassroots Awards

Posted on 05/09/2022

We’re excited about the six winners of the inaugural Newhaven Grassroots Awards, who will share £15,500 to produce events this Summer. These six Newhaven based projects will form part of the BN9 Cultural Programme. Look out for these projects as they take place this summer and get to know the winners:

The Living Coast Undersea Experience (@kpprojectsCIC) will be bringing a unique interactive virtual reality experience and 360-degree film of Newhaven’s Beachy Head Marine Conservation Zone’s underwater world, which is home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plants & animal life.

TLC Undersea Experience is touring across Sussex in 2022 & 2023 and reaches Newhaven in September. Tickets are available for Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September , both events take place at the Hillcrest Community Centre.

Photo Fringe (@photofringe) invited local residents to reimagine Newhaven and explore personal hopes and dreams. Using  photography, archive material and their own stories, local participants created photomontage artworks to be shown as a town-centre exhibition during the tenth Photo Fringe festival in October. The exhibition will take place in the windows of the Peacocks building on the Town Square.

Newhaven Youth Club (@newhaven_youth_centre) will be producing an immersive youth-led fashion-show, incorporating music, dance, performance and costumes exploring themes of ‘identity’. This showcase will provide young people the opportunity express creative ideas and interests and develop their skills and confidence.

KDE Dance (@katiedaleeverettdance) will be using the funding to develop P.L.A.Y, new work which responds to the mental health crisis, growing popularity of interactive media and isolation many felt during the pandemic and explores how motion capture and dance can open people up to play and exploration.

Hospitable Environment (@hositable_environment) are refurbishing their community bread oven and will be bringing it to the Hillcrest Community Centre and to help build a social space for Newhaveners which will positively benefit community wellbeing. They aim to use the oven to make food with the community at our events such as Soup and Social.

Creative Force (@creativeforceuk) and Inroads will be bringing to Newhaven a pilot intergenerational project called, BOOM TEEN, this August. Boom Teen will bring together Generation Z and Baby Boomers to share their experiences of being a teenager in Newhaven at very different times, through storytelling, music and dance.

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