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Posted On: 8th Nov 2012

‘Hoodies’ gather for Harwich Hoodie Festival

‘Hoodies’ gather for Harwich Hoodie Festival
‘Hoodies’ gather for Harwich Hoodie Festival

With live entertainment, snakes, cakes – and even a message from Olly Murs – the Harwich Hoodie Festival celebrated the creativity and talents of young people in an effort to bring communities in the town together.

 

Over 150 people turned out in their hoodies to the Harwich Hoody Festival, which aims to stop discrimination against young people and the stereotypical ‘hoodie’ image.

 

The project was devised by Fixers Kieran Hutchence (17) and Kaitlin Trenerry (16).

 

"The festival ran so well," said Kieran. "We were totally impressed and surprised by the amount of people who turned up. It was great to see people together in one place who may not have otherwise even known about each other.

 

"There were so many different activities on the day, and a really great range of entertaining and colourful events. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and it proved to us that when people do come together, the results are always positive."

 

There were a range of stalls at the event, competitions, and a variety of live bands.

 

Also showing his support for the event was Xtra Factor host and popstar Olly Murs. You can watch his video message at the top of this page.

 

Feedback from the festival was positive, with many people saying how much the festival opened their eyes to talent in the town.

 

Attendee Emily Byrne said: "The festival made me realise that we can all get along with everyone and become a closer community when we join in with these kinds of festivals."

 

And another attendee, Ellis Janda-Bantick, said: "The festival made me realise that there is a lot of talent within the young people of Harwich. A lot of people stereotype young children by thinking they are rude or impolite. These sorts of events are a really good way of changing people's perception of young people."

 

Also at the event was the Fixers photobooth. Check out some of the 'Fix Pics' below

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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