ERIC Festival took over Pop Brixton on Saturday (6 July) to host a careers fair aimed at those aged 16-25 who are looking for jobs in creative industries.
Brixton based Renaissance Studios supported the production of the Soon Come zine, given out at the festival, a celebration of talent and identity within the Lambeth community. As well as information on the festival, it contained an interview with Tamara Barton-Campbell (founder of Renaissance), information on other organisations who support creative opportunities as well as recommendations for affordable workspaces in the borough.
Supported by ELEVATE, ERIC Fest ran panel discussions, performances, networking sessions and workshops.
From how to approach the industries you are interested in pursuing to supercharging your practice, creating great content to the importance of confidence ERIC Fest workshops took young people with dreams and opened them up to honest and practical conversations on how to take their talent and make it into a career.
Workshops included ‘Festival Making’ hosted by WOW; ‘Ask us anything about music’ hosted by Blackstar, BYI people and LCCM; ‘Creating Content with the Curb’ hosted by Word on the Curb; and ‘Manifest Your Dreams: Zine Workshop’ hosted by Artzine. Pop based experimental design collective AWMA also ran a workshop called HE(ART) where attendees learnt about AWMA’s approach to the design process before being split into teams to design and create a new and exciting object.
The main stage in Pop Box had a programme of panel discussions with hosts Jay McGregor and Munya Chawawa from Reprezent Radio in conversation with industry professionals from BBC Sport, Havas, Universal Music and the Southbank group. As well as a Market Place where LCCM (whose students performed throughout the day), Southbank Group and Lush had tables where attendees could talk to representatives and gain more information on courses, opportunities or jobs at the organisations.
BFI Future Film presented Charlotte Regan in the Impact Hub, a London-born film-maker who’s short films have been selected for Sundance, Berlinale and London Film Festival as well as being BAFTA nominated. This included the screening of three of Charlotte’s film before an interview chaired by Pablo Brown-Jennett.
To stay up to date with ERIC Fest events visit their website.