I met with our young programmers group Circulate recently at one of their fortnightly meetings.

Circulate are a group of young people from Tower Hamlets who are working with us as Associate Artists for this year’s Summer Festival and beyond. Aged between 14 to 25 the nine strong group are working alongside our programming team to develop their skills and confidence in order to plan, manage and produce live music events.

For the Summer Festival 2010, the group is producing two events: a musical treasure hunt at the Arnold Circus Family Day on Sunday 13 June and Circulate Presents our penultimate Festival event at Village Underground on Friday 25 June.

The group are in charge of all the processes and logistics of setting up both events from choosing and recruiting artists and musicians, to dealing with the publicity and promotion of the events and the practical logistics of staging them. It’s a big learning curve, but they are all really up for it and full of ideas!

On Saturday we tried to thrash out ideas for promoting both events, which have a very different feel and audience for each one. The musical treasure hunt is part of our Arnold Circus Family Day and is will suit families and people with young children primarily. Circulate Presents will have a strong contemporary culture attender following and heads a double bill with the London Contemporary Orchestra and the screening of legendary filmmakers the Brothers Quay’s Streets of Crocodiles. Both promise to be unmissable festival events.

Alex Marshall
Communications Manager

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