The Phoenix Festival is being organised by Cirencester Youth Town Council who set up Ozone Cirencester in 2008. Ozone Cirencester is a weekly youth session for young people aged 13-19 years old.
The Phoenix Festival will be held on 29th/30th June 2013 in a local park called the Abbey Grounds. The festival is being organised to promote local talent and bring a community together.
Over the two days there will be a covered stage area where music acts will perform. We will have acoustic bands and African drummers performing near the band stand located in the grounds.
Local dance companies will also be performing alongside the Cirencester gymnastic club and Cirencester Free running group.
A portable skate park has also been hired for weekend and professionals will be doing performances and helping teach other skaters.
32 Chalets have been donated by Cirencester Town Council which will be erected in the week leading up to the festival to house local businesses, charities and community groups to help showcase the work they do and encourage new members.
Activities for all generations will also be present: - Gladiators, Sumo suits, mosaic workshops, a graffiti wall, Playbus, Laser quest, assault course, bouncy castles, Face painting and a picnic area with food available to buy.
Cirencester Youth Town Council are organising this festival to do something for the community as there is a lack of activities for people to attend and the family fun day that use to run has now stopped.
The Youth Town Council's mission statements is:
"To build a foundation to bridge the gap between the generations, to improve the reputation and impression of youth by running programmes and activities to benefit us all."
So far the 14 young people involved in this project have raised £22,000 but the target is £34,000 and we are currently waiting to hear back on some other grants."
A programme will also be produced which will be available over the weekend and advertising space will be available to buy by local businesses.
About the project owner
My name is Clare Bartlett and I am 25 years old and have lived in Cirencester my entire life.
I am currently employed full time by the Bromford Group as Enterprise Associate and seconded to Cirencester Town Council as the Youth Initiative Officer. I have previous experience in community development and regeneration work as well as organising events in the local communities.
In previous years I have won a national award from the National Housing Federation for my work and also came runner up in the National Youth Agency youth worker of the commonwealth awards in 2012.
I have been involved with Cirencester Town Council since 2008 and have been a member of the youth committee of Our Future Cirencester’s 15 year plan until we formed the Development trust in 2012 of which I am now a director.
January 2013 – Social enterprise UK – social enterprise leaders programme 5 day course
June 2012 – Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning sector, Cirencester College
May 2011- Introduction to Welfare benefits, External provider
March 2011– Emergency first aid at work refresher, St John’s Ambulance
March 2010– Emergency first aid at work, St John’s Ambulance
September 2008 – October 2008– Early years first aid, St John’s Ambulance
July 2008– Introducing Sustainable communities – In a nutshell
May 2008– Health and safety and working alone, Bromford Group
April 2008– Negotiation skills, Bromford Group
January 2008– Microsoft Excel – Excel 3, External provider through Bromford Group
December 2007– Microsoft Excel – Excel 2, External provider through Bromford Group
November 2007– Customer Experience training, Bromford Group
October 2007– Microsoft Excel – Excel 1, External provider through Bromford Group
September 2007– Housing Law module 1, External provider through the Bromford Group
May 2007– Manual Handling, Bromford Group
April 2007– Fire awareness, Bromford Group
April 2007– Telephone technique training and delivering a great customer experience, Bromford Group
2004 – 2006– BTEC National diploma in extended business, Distinction, Cirencester College
2004 – 2006– AS Level Law, Cirencester College
1999 – 2004– 9 GCSE’s A-C including Maths, English & Science – Cirencester Kingshill School
Since forming the Youth Town Council in late 2008 they have organised a weekly youth session called Ozone, designed a Youth Website for the Town, supported the street pastors scheme and the summer of the streets activities, helped at family fun days and much more. Now members feel its time to showcase all the talent and great work that is carried out in Cirencester and surrounding areas.
This festival is the first of its kind in Cirencester and I fully support the idea and hope you will as well :)