Hidden Gems Get Creative!
IT may have freezing in Thurrock last weekend but this didn’t stop the Hidden Gems’ Community Conversations launch going ahead on Saturday 17th March which drew 300 people to various arts workshops and performances throughout Grays.
Workshops went ahead at the Adult Community College, Grays Library, The Lightship Café and Creative Blast Studios throughout the morning and early afternoon. Local residents took part in lacemaking, juggling, creative writing and other craft workshops, and shared their local Hidden Gems – the people, places and projects in Thurrock which bring joy to their lives – with project staff and volunteers. Around 100 people have filled in surveys about community and creative life in the borough, which will allow the project and its’ partners to plan and produce bigger and better creative and community events in the future.
In the afternoon, visitors to the Thameside Theatre were treated to a variety of local performing arts talent, which included Anna-Marie Childs, Thurrock Golden Voices, Kage Solitaire, John Dockrill, George Green, John Akinde and the Creative Blast Performing Arts Academy.
Over the coming weeks, local artists are going to deliver creative workshops to local community groups including the Salvation Army, BATIAS and the Royal Opera House’s Community Choir, as well as hosting consultation events where local people will be able to share their Hidden Gems. The project will wrap up with a community event to celebrate May Day.
Project Director Daryl Branch said: ‘Saturday was a great day and we’re very thankful to the people of Thurrock for joining us to ‘Get Creative’. There are still lots of opportunities to get involved so if you want to know more, please get in touch. We really want to know how we can bring more people together in the Borough to make more exciting things happen for residents – this is your chance to tell us how you think it can be done!’
To find out more about the project and how you can get involved call 01375 386247 or visit www.strongertogether.org.uk