From Southwick to Seaburn: “Sunshine Corner” at Tall Ships Saturday 14th July

Written by on 9th July 2018

Southwick Reach with Sunderland Music Education Hub bring an exciting new event, ‘Sunshine Corner’ to the Summer Streets Festival at The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Sunshine Corner will take place on Saturday 14th July 12-4pm at the Seaburn Recreation Park. It has been funded by the Sunderland Music Education Hub and also has support from Sunderland Council’s North Area Committee.

“We are reinventing Sunshine Corner for 2018.  This was a weekly community singing event held on Roker beach in the 1930s.  We will bring the spirit of Sunshine Corner back to life once more for local people to experience real camaraderie through community music and arts”. -Sunderland Artist Lyn Killeen

Organised by Southwick REACH: Research, Education, Arts and Culture Home, (formerly Putting Southwick on the Map) there will be programme of local acts including singers from Southwick Community Primary School led by musician Ben Hudson, singing from Southmoor School, a kazoo/samba/junk music workshop led by Julie Foster; youth band ‘Leon and friends’ and stories from young people from Southwick Youth Neighbourhood project (SNYP) who have been working with local write Alan Parkinson.

People are also welcome to join in community singing workshop led by folk musician and song collector Elieen Richardson or step up and perform for the crowds on the day!

For Southwick residents there is a Free Community Transport shuttle bus from Austin House Family Centre, Southwick 11.30 – 1pm and from Chichester Road, Seaburn 4 – 5.30pm

“With Summer Streets being held in Seaburn this year to be part of the Tall Ships Races programme, the Southwick to Seaburn project is a great way of helping some of the community in being able to attend the festival, and be an important part of the celebrations.  Southwick REACH is a really active group in the community, and working with them on parts of the festival this year has been great – with the group running Sunshine Corner at the festival there will be more performances, conversations and people getting involved inside Recreation Park. I can’t wait”. -Ross Millard co-ordinator of Summer Streets

“It’s been a delight working with Southwick REACH artists and musicians. Research is proving the essential role music can play for children to ensure they grow into happy, well rounded adults. We are delighted that the Southwick to Seaburn project helps provide important out of school performance opportunities to enhance their musical learning in school.  It’s been great fun working with the project and we are excited to see it come together on 14th July.” – Rebecca Pedlow, Manager of the Sunderland Music Education Hub

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