Arts > Festival review: Haringey Youth Festival

Posted on November 8, 2017

Joe Marshall on a top drawer celebration of local talent

Last month, Duke’s Aldridge Academy were fortunate enough to play host to an all singing, all dancing spectacle of the arts. It was the Haringey Youth Festival’s fifth anniversary and a lot was promised. The nine groups who took part didn’t fail to deliver.

Haringey Shed and Highgate Youth Theatre brought theatrical works to the show. Highgate were reflective and dramatic in their piece about a girl who can see ghosts, whereas Shed were a bit more funny and offbeat. There was a feeling that both sets of youngsters had worked hard, and as a collective created something based on their own ideas and experiences.

Streetz Ahead is renowned for being a multi-faceted project, with dance troupes around North London. Its young people danced their hearts out, in what was an impressively staged and complex operation. You got the feeling they were passionate and committed to expressing themselves through the arts.

They had bucket loads of creativity and originality

Jacksons Lane Youth showed off their circus skills by juggling, doing tricks with hula hoops and performing acrobatics.

Storm The Stage Academy of Arts had slots for their junior and senior members. They wowed the audience with unique choreography and well honed skills. It was a polished affair, carried with energy and attitude. Project VII made an appearance with their distinctive brand of expressive dance.

Thrive Youth Dance Company showcased a high standard of modern dance. They moved fluidly about the stage in a dramatised fashion, leaning on and weaving around each other. They had bucket loads of creativity and originality.

The comperes for the event were hilarious. They pretended to argue as the show was going on. Their links were scripted but delivered as though they were fresh and improvised.

The children from New London Performing Arts Centre sang beautifully. Their confidence and ability shone through in a repertoire of bold but delicate songs. HazeSamba shut down the festival with their vibrant, carnival-style Brazilian drumming. Of all the acts, they made the biggest, most toe tapping racket.

After a day of workshops in the morning, designed to broaden their artistic horizons, and an afternoon of showing off what they usually do, the kids got together to perform a song. It was a powerful, harmonious moment, and a euphoric way to round off another successful year. Bring on the tenth anniversary!

Joe Marshall
Joe Marshall is Exposure’s Arts & Culture Editor. With his written content he endeavours to raid the full remit of entertainment in London, if he doesn’t drown in it first. He aspires to make a career out of journalism like his heroes Tom Wolfe, Hunter S Thompson and Jon Ronson before him.

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