I definitely woke up last Friday morning feeling more excited than usual; when I got to Kingston on the opening morning, all our venues were buzzing with activity as the team got everything finalised and ready to ring in the Festival.
We kicked off the Festival with our Opening Night performances, where some festival participants showcased a taster of what was to come in the full run of their shows. Already in the first interval, I was really enjoying the musical theatre brought by the younger children, Reflection Theatre’s prelude to the full performance of Dee, Myself and I, and part of The Art of Conflict, an energising dance by What Was Written Dance Company.
Even though I’m not usually as attracted to dance performances as much as the other performing arts genres, I have to say, the segment that What Was Written put up was really magnetising. Having everyone down at the Rose and supporting the Opening Night performance created a wonderfully positive energy, and I was definitely looking forward to the rest of IYAF!
Images captured by Tangle Photography
For the first weekend of the festival, I had been helping to push out content live from behind the scenes with the rest of the team, including producing round ups for upcoming shows and trying to keep our social media pages updated. It’s been slightly more stressful working simultaneous to an event, but a very good insight into and exercise in how those working in real-time situations have to stay on their feet during the span of the event.
Besides this, I’ve also been catching some of the other amazing performances programmed here at IYAF, so stay tuned because these little reflections will be coming out soon!
Vanessa is a final year student at the National University of Singapore, and as part of a summer holiday to the United Kingdom, she is helping out in IYAF’s Content and Marketing team. Having an aspiration to work in the arts, and in particular with and for children and young people, Vanessa is taking this time to build on her personal experiences in the arts from Singapore with the experiences she will gather here in London.