Five years ago, a group of teenagers from across North Yorkshire
got so sick of watching the rest of the summer festivals pass
them by, they decided to put on one of their own.
DIY Collective was born. Now an extremely successful and efficient
charity, and sponsored by Scarborough Festival of Youth Arts,
DIY's traditional August festival is coming into its own.
this year was more eagerly anticipated than ever before, with
many more local bands appearing, and American group Anti-Product
booked as the headlining act.
people in their hundreds descended upon the South Bay Spa
Complex from 1pm onwards for ten hours of live music, workshops
and burgers, and even as a latecomer I could tell everyone
there was having a fantastic time.
is a unique summer event, most noticeably because the majority
of those involved in performing on the day have also been
active in setting it up.
has a points system for members. When you attend progress
meetings you gain points, and those with a specific number
of points at the end of the planning stage are given a slot
at the festival itself.
Collective is all about learning. Young people are encouraged
to be independent in planning large scale events, and are
given regular opportunities to discuss their individual and
united progress at meetings.
Festival of Youth Arts have given the teens support from the
very beginning, helping them in fund-raising and also, through
a team of dedicated youth workers, provided advice on how
to go about making their ideas come to life.
despite the scheme's obvious popularity, it could all be coming
to an end very soon. Festival of Youth Arts is expected to
fold at the end of September, with most of its key employees
being made redundant, unless someone steps in with enough
money to supply a wage for one permanent youth worker.
DIY is not directly linked to Festival of Youth Arts, most
of its members are under eighteen, and need some sort of stable
source to turn to for advice.
the larger group, DIY will lack the adult face that often
means they are taken seriously instead of being turned away,
and many of its projects, including Soundwave itself, could
the fate of the organisation hanging in the balance, there
was a poignant air to the Soundwave festival this year, with
many of those involved all too aware of the problems that
lie ahead for them.