DissFest is set in heart of Diss, a cute and creative town in Norfolk. The festival has a Fringe- feel to it with all performances and installations happening within the local venues such as the Corn Hall, local cafes and Diss Youth Community Centre (DYCC). Locals and people from surrounding areas came into town to find the streets a wash with visual art, music, young people and plenty of opportunities to see work and participate in workshops led by the artists themselves.
The Arts Award Discover Club team were based in the Corn Hall and DYCC and facilitated the award alongside craft workshops, circus performances, tours of the stages and technical areas as well as having reporters darting about with cameras; interviewing spectators and documenting the festival.
The Arts Award Youth Network were brilliant. They were so engaging and ready to roll up their selves and join in all the fun! A particular highlight was taking part in an exploratory pirate- themed workshop which centred round songs, literature, role play and dressing up like a pirate (Alice was very excited about this)! The group created their own pirate story and acted out the plot very energetically!
The Arts Award Discover clubs worked best when mapped on to the art provided and most of the children completed their award straight after participating in the festival. We set up quiet work spaces where they could fill in their bespoke DissFest Discover Club pack and also start conversations about all the art forms and experiences they had encountered at Diss Fest! It was lovely to find about the other things they have been doing and to talk to whole families about the quality times they had spent together.
Find out more at: dissfest.uk