Home For A Day
The Base Fest was now ready to go..It had taken several meetings to produce. A pilot group had met at First Base one morning a week over about six weeks to prepare for the event.It was held as a showcase for the deprived as an example of what is possible given a chance.
Bunting was created, photographs mounted, artwork produced. A piano was obtained to be decorated by the Artist Amanda Davidson and some of the BHT volunteers. She had encouraged some artistic pictures, notably in pastels during the preparations.
Toni commissioned photographs and those with an interest in taking pictures were given disposable cameras and she had them developed
Hosted by Brunswick Festival in amalgamation with Brighton Housing Trust (Veronica)it was organised by BHT personnel as well as volunteers from First Base, the BHT drop-in for the homeless rough sleepers.
Held at The Friends Meeting House in the Laines , is a popular place in Brighton for groups and also individuals to rent space to use for meetings and exhibitions.
, the Festival turned out to be a great day. The sun shone over the garden, so the outdoor happenings were a great success.
The group had convened at Ship Street on the morning of Friday 27th March.
Base Fest guested the main Hall or church area and also the kitchen, both on the bottom floor..Delicious food Gambian Style was made and there was a choice of chicken and/or peanut butter sauce with rice. Custard cookies and chocolate brownies
were in plentiful supply.
Among the attractions was a gifted drum master, Adie. His selection of bongos,
marraccas and xylophones gave a co-ordianted and impressive group harmonies possible.
Outside too, were the puppet theatre, Creative Future tent and piano decorating.
Inside the red CF tent, Creative Futures under Director Niamh, had produced and directed a video about the stories of homeless people who for one reason or another found themselves on the streets or near.
A puppet theatre and Blues singer completed the al fresco presentation. (Not all of these events took place at once)!
St John Ambulance had a stand. They gave particular attention to drug related. treatments.
Some other organisations represented were BHT, the host participant, making possible a life for the otherwise indisposed.
A jewellery stall sold lo-cost decoration for necklaces particularly fly feathers; called Tallillulah(check spelling).
Base Fest had its own stand, presided by Gary, The black and pink t-shirts were for
sale. And there was an electric buzzer game-getting a metal circle round a metal rod shaped hand without touching it-the ‘buzz’… nobody seemed to want to give it a go.
.At 5pm the party ended and the decorations taken down; the piano was moved away and the participants left.
It had been a great day, and tired but rather exhilarated, the team went their separate ways.