It is now a month after we held the GEN2168 Festival, a space curated for changemakers and dreamers to experience an array of art making workshops and creative outlets. Young kids were provided with tools to learn and understand different creative avenues that exist within the community and activities to be with like minded individuals. The six weeks were integral as they were spent developing work to be showcased for the festival day. These prior workshops in collaboration with the showcase day created outreach and art engagement opportunities.
The day was filled with colour, art and design like no other, a path leading you to a world of storytelling, filmmaking and zine development. With this in mind the experience would not have been as special without our workshop participants, festival day participants and volunteers (including behind the scenes photos by Furqan Farttoosi and volunteer Hannah Teau!)- a big thank you for being there.
Special thanks to our facilitators: Andrea Lim, Samantha Barahona, Sandra May, Bilal Hafda, Amira Halabi, Diego Murillo, Miranda Aguilar and Elias Nohra. We also want to thank Neville Williams Boney, who will be sharing his movement and storytelling knowledge with the GEN2168 community later this year!
“One of the most amazing things about this festival is that we took a space that basically wasn’t being used… and using the knowledge that quite a few of us have from growing up in this area, we’ve been able to put all our voices, concerns, wishes and dreams into one space and transform it into one huge, colourful explosion,” Amira Halabi, GEN2168 Facilitator.
If you missed it this year, next year is in the works so keep an eye out for GEN2168 in future and the years to come.
Check out the video of the event, filmed and edited by Adam McPhilbin.
A special thank you to our festival partners: Liverpool Youth Connections, Liverpool City Council, Story Factory, Hume Community Housing, Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre, Lifeline, Core Community Services and Mission Australia.