‘Festivals for Future’ takes place this Saturday 29th June at Kings Heath Community Centre 10am to 8pm and is a collaboration between many organisations interested in how we can work together to tackle global problems locally. Bringing people together, this event looks at how our local community centre can work for all our futures.
There will be activities for all the family throughout the day from 10 am, and live music outside from 3pm to 8pm. We’re interested in what you have to say and how we can work together.
Activities will include a ‘plant takeaway’ – bring your own plants or take those others have left and use free compost and pots (provided by York Supplies) to plant your own. Take away or add to plants we are contributing to use across Kings Heath. We will design a giant mural for the community centre on the day, and make banners to make clear our message for a brighter future. Brian Homer will be hosting ‘Kings Heath Self-portrait’ to photo yourself with your message and to add to a portrait of our community.
From 3-8pm Bhamyouthstrike4climate will be celebrating as well as exploring how we can make changes to our globe on a personal and global scale. There will be a full line up of young, local artists as well as an exciting range of food vendors! As if this wasn’t enough there will also be workshops led by various organisations, stalls and activities for everyone to enjoy.
The event is co-hosted by Kings Heath Community Centre Friends and Birmingham Youth Strike for Climate Change. Katie Riley explains what BYS4C stand for:
‘I have helped organise Birmingham Youth Strike since it started off. Anna Taylor started UK Youth Strike for Climate and Greta Thonberg started the whole [global] organisation. From there we had a strike on February 15th…I realise it [Climate Crisis] affects our generation the most. We haven’t done anything to make it worse, and we can’t change this by ourselves. However we’ve got a voice’Katie Riley BYS4C
UK Youth Strike for Climate change have already had some success in influencing our government and Birmingham City Council have declared a climate emergency. The group is also demanding The national curriculum is reformed to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority and that the Government recognise that young people have the biggest stake in our future, by incorporating youth views into policy making and bringing the voting age down to 16
‘We are partnering with many groups to create a strong movement of students to send a message We are tired of being ignored’Anna Taylor, UKSN
This event is one such partnership with Kings Heath Community Centre Friends sharing their centre and collaborating on a festival celebrating our community, our achievements and working towards a brighter future for everyone.
The Active Wellbeing Society supports this event as part of Active Communities, and is working closely with local citizens for this festival and in the future to develop more opportunities to participate in creating happier and healthier lives and local communities. Active Communities is a new and exciting initiative that aims to create innovative solutions that make it easier for people to access social and physical activity.
‘We’re keen to bring local people together, working with everyone to make a difference to our local community and more widely. Kings Heath is a lively place and the Community Centre is at it’s heart.’Marcus Belben Community Practice Lead, Active Communities
We hope that you all come along to enjoy #FestivalsForFuture !
Special thanks to York Supplies, Kings Heath BID, Kings Heath Residents Forum, Kings Heath Clean Air Network and everyone who has supported this event and our Community Centre.
Kings Heath Community Centre Friends are a new group aiming to support the Community Centre to bring people together and increase understanding of our diverse communities. Active Communities is funded by Sports England.