Last weekend, we hosted a festival for the young adults that use Jacksplace, alongside their family and friends.
Every year, we host Jestival, an internal festival held at Jacksplace. This year’s event featured live music from local musicians, a barbeque cooked in the Jacksplace BBQ hut, glitter face painting, massages, mocktails, snacks, a photo booth and lots of singing, dancing and happy energy from the staff and attendees.
Local artists, Ollie Wade (from Winchester), Abi Carr (from Eastleigh), Calum Lintott (from Southampton), Singer Stu (from Southampton) and Fables (a duo from Southampton), all volunteered their time to play at the festival and spent some time afterwards dancing and chatting with the young adults and staff. Slide below to check out these awesome local musicians.
Claire Potterton, Play and Activities Team Leader at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
We had such a fantastic day – the weather didn’t put a dampener on our fun! We brought the festival indoors this year and went all out with decorations, creating different areas for all our festival activities. The young adults, families and staff alike fully embraced the festival theme; singing, dancing and dressing up for the occasion, with multicoloured costumes, glitter face paints, hair flowers and bandanas.
An absolute highlight was the incredible live music. Five fantastic musicians volunteered their time to perform and put on a fantastic show – everyone had a blast from start to finish. Dancing, singing, headbands flashing and silly props galore! It was such an uplifting, happy atmosphere with everyone involved enjoying the company of each other. It was certainly a day to remember!
Abi Carr, a local musician from Eastleigh who sang and played their ukelele at Jestival, said:
I want to thank all the staff and young people at Jacksplace for an amazing day. We danced, we sang, we covered ourselves in glitter! It was a brilliant opportunity and I hope to be back soon.
Thank you so much to everyone that volunteered their time to make Jestival a very special enjoyable event. A special thank you to AJG Audio for supplying the sound system for the live music on the day.
Experience the brilliant Jestival 2023 in this short film.