Tuesday, 19 July 2011


An exciting new FREE festival for children

and young people in North Somerset

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August 2011

Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare

Boomfest is an exciting new 3 day festival for children, young people and families and will be held from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August in Weston-super-Mare.

The FREE festival will offer a variety of performances and workshops for all ages including live music, dance and free running, theatre, film, comedy, performance poetry, graffiti, BMX-ing, skateboarding and art exhibitions. There’s a whole programme of family activity too including lots of great events for the under 5s.

Festival organisers have been overwhelmed with over 100 applications from all over North Somerset and far beyond from children and young people wanting to get involved.

The programme has been largely arranged by four young apprentices, aged 18 to 22, who run a youth arts co-op called boomsatuma.

Apprentice Amy Davis said “Boomfest is the most fantastic opportunity for young people to own their own festival. I hope as many as possible will get involved.”


Early Years

An exciting programme of activities for 0-5 years from 12 noon – 4pm daily including arts and crafts, fashion, music, soft toy play area, dance and storytelling. With the North Somerset Play Forum, North Somerset Children’s Centre team, and Weston-super-Mum.

Live Bands

boomsatsuma Mainstream project auditioned over 60 bands during the last 6 months offering the monthly winners a day in a professional recording studio. Watch the very best bands play live from 5pm – 9pm on Friday 19th, and throughout the weekend on the Main Stage and Big Top there’s live music, dj-ing and mc-ing including talented musicians and bands from Weston College.

North Somerset Slambassador Championships

SLAMbassadors UK return to WSM to finish what they started! Catch the poetic depth, musicality, spirit and stunning live performances from North Somerset youth as they tear apart the stage on Friday 19th in the Big Top. Featuring Joelle Taylor and Louise Hill plus guests. It's a brave new word...!


An amazing Fashion Show on Saturday 20th with young people from Girls Allowed, North Somerset Youth Service, Barnardo’s, and the Hans Price Academy modelling a collection of outfits designed during boomsatsuma fashion courses at Weston College and Weston Youth Centre. With MC Chris Wakeling.


Catch hugely talented local dance crews in an exciting programme with headliner Tommy Franzen from BBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, top UK b boy crew Physical Jerks, and all girl street dance crew Fresh Dance Company on Saturday 20th.

With workshops for all ages in Breaking, Street Dance, Contemporary, Capoeira, and Parkour/Free running displays from 4pm in the Dance Tent daily.

Weapons of Sound

Having played major festivals all over the world, Weapons of Sound are internationally acclaimed as the UK's greenest band who thump out their brand of percussion on an array of unusual instruments – from shopping trolleys and plastic barrels to gas pipes and scaffolding poles!

Ever wanted to be a World Record Holder? Join Weapons of Sound as Boomfest goes for a new record of 750 people for the World’s Largest Junk Orchestra on Saturday 20th at 4.30pm!


Colourscape is a visually stunning labyrinth of huge inflatable chambers creating a truly remarkable and unique performance space. Open Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, visitors can open up their senses and stimulate their creativity with a variety of performances and workshops.

Over the two days there will be a range of musicians performing inside Colourscape. Michael Ormiston is Europe's top Mongolian Overtone Singer - hear him create several notes at once with his voice while playing Mongolian Horsehead Fiddle. Ansuman Biswas is an amazing Asian percussionist and they will be joined by Colourscape director Simon Desorgher on flutes and Rosie Nobbs.

Only their second visit ever to the South West! Adults £3, Children (under 16) £2.


Do you want to be let into a jaw dropping secret and catch a glimpse of something amazing? Bring your children along to say good-bye to Beastie on Saturday 20th, the very special new friend that children aged 6-10 all over Weston will have had an extraordinary adventure with this summer.

Bash Street Theatre

Bash Street Theatre perform their internationally renowned silent slapstick comedy The Station on Saturday 20th at 6pm. Set in dilapidated railway station in the age of steam locomotives, be prepared for a dramatic train crash, a daredevil rescue and some great comedy action from this award-winning street theatre company.


Rotations is a unique fusion of BMX flatlanding, breakin’ and contemporary dance, creating a visually thrilling performance on Sunday 21st of high-energy twists, flips, breaks and world class BMX tricks that is pulsing with energy, verve and invention.


Join the Natural Theatre Company and develop your Conehead character in a fun workshop and perform at Boomfest with full costume, make up and camera!! No experience necessary. Come and find out how to be a Natural on Sunday 21st!

Pierunder Exhibition

The Pierunder exhibition is a showcase for talented young artists from across North Somerset; their exciting work includes fashion pieces, paintings, photography and sculptural installations.

The festival site will include a Main Stage, Circus Big Top, Dance Tent and marquees throughout the park offering performances, workshops and activities for children, young people and families.

A full programme will be announced in August.

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For more information please visit www.boomsatsuma.com

Festival Partners include:

Avon and Somerset
Aquila Events
Barcode Youth Café
Broadoak School
Bournville Primary School
Behaviour Improvement Team
North Somerset Council
North Somerset Early Years Team
North Somerset Rangers
Somerset Wood Recycling
Theatre Orchard Project
Weston College
Weston Excellence
Weston super Television
Hans Price Academy
Xtnd Learning & Leisure for All
North Somerset Youth Offending Team

For more information please contact:

Andy Jeffery E: andy@boomsatsuma.com
Cultural Projects Co-ordinator M: 07775 027468
North Somerset Council T: 01275 884220

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