Supporting the next generation of young artists

August 31, 2016

Campus Living Villages proudly supported the first ever RawFfest, a new youth arts festival organised by young people, for young people, that took place in Newport this month (18 – 21 August 2016).

The festival gave young people a chance to break into the competitive world of the arts, gaining invaluable practical experience within the industry. From web design to curating the programme of events, every detail of the four day festival was put together by some of the nation’s most creative and ambitious 14 – 25 year olds.

Recognising the innovative nature of the festival, we wanted to provide the next generation of artists the opportunity to participate. The festival’s Place Makers – volunteers from across the country who brought together their natural flair and interest for customer service and marketing – received a week of training, fully funded by Campus Living Villages.

Newport Student Village hosted the Place Makers who came from further afield and offered a place for the busy team to unwind after a jam-packed day of training, with the Village’s video games station proving a popular haunt. The Village, set on the bank of the River Usk, also acted as a home for the festival’s weekend attendees.

Ruth Garnault, Director of RawFfest, commented: “The Place Maker team were the single most successful component of the whole festival. A crucial part of the group’s strong bond was being accommodated together at Newport Student Village – it’s definitely something we want to replicate in the future.”

Alex Mayes, Corporate Responsibilities and Communities Manager, said: We were really proud to support something that was designed and delivered by young people. As a business we are always looking for innovative ways to support the local communities in which we operate and RawFfest was a perfect fit.”

The culmination of months of planning saw a plethora of events and exhibitions – from live music to a fashion show, to a Doctor Who Game Makers workshop to graffiti art – inspire audiences.

The success of the festival will no doubt carry on next year as the RawFfest team bring their up-and-coming expertise to Llandudno, where we hope to continue our support.

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