Guest Blog: Rum & Reggae

A HUGE thank you to all 5,500 of you who attended! We had a blast!

This year’s Rum and Reggae festival saw huge numbers through the gates as thousands of people came in to soak up the vibes! The coloured flags, artist performances and the smells of soul-food instantly set the tone for what was to be an amazing evening!

Whether you were there to dance, or to chill with some food and a drink, there was something for everyone as this vibrant August evening’s entertainment began! Phase One Steel Orchestra really got the crowd moving with their incredible set, performing a mixture of classic and chart hits on the pans.

The vendors pulled out all the stops with their amazing Caribbean food, serving everything from jerk chicken to curried goat. Resident shops Saus ‘n’ Roll provided wonderful sell-out food along with Caribbean themed vendors, Urban, 63 Islands and Leave it to Esmie.

It goes without saying that the drinks were fantastic! Spangles and TrailerMade were a huge hit with their themed cocktails and there were so many types of rum to choose from that of course most of us ended up buying a drink for each hand!

Local DJ Dave Marshall kept the crowds dancing well into the night in Fargo’s indoor venue, The Box. The event was such a success that we drank the Fargo bar dry 10 minutes before closing time!

For those who couldn’t make it, there was also a Caribbean food festival the next day and the mood wasn’t dampened as we powered on through the storms! Themed events at Fargo to come include the Independent Gin Festival and Big Summer BBQ – let’s keep our fingers crossed for sun!

This post is part of our new series of guest blog posts from the lovely Amy at Writing into the Ether. You can check out her personal blog here.

Guest Blog: Rock’n’Roller Parlour’s First Year

A fab piece from Natalie of Rock’n’Roller Parlour summarising her first year with us!

Just over a year ago,  I started my journey into self employed life by setting up and launching the Rock’n’Roller Parlour at FarGo Village. Looking at her now, you’d never have thought that she almost didn’t happen with various hiccups along the way – but that’s another story altogether!

Having taken the plunge and bought a secondhand, battered and unloved 1994 Freedom Jetstream caravan, my dad and I spent the next 10 months stripping out and remaking the caravan interior to look like the Rock’n’Roller Parlour that you see today.

Having scoured the internet and found various venues, my eyes stumbled across the awesome little creative hub that is FarGo Village. Thankfully, everything went according to plan and 8 months after our initial meeting, I moved in!

Feeling nervous was an understatement. Jacking in your regular paying job where you’re dangerously unhappy to start up a business that you have no idea whether or not it will work but could potentially give you the chance to look forward to coming to work – it’s a risky time!

My parents had shown concerns about me feeling lonely. What would I do if I didn’t have clients for a few hours? Sit in the caravan and just wait until they arrive? This was something I hadn’t really considered, but I reassured myself that I wouldn’t be there to make friends. I was there to run a business and anything extra was a bonus!

Thankfully and unsurprisingly, everyone was immediately welcoming. I made sure I introduced myself to each tenant and immediately struck up a friendship with Ian (PopBangColour) and Rob (Dashing Blades). I’ve never experienced this type of friendship with guys before.. they’re like my big brothers. Any worry or episode I have, I go to them for advice and they either console me or tell me to grow some balls and stop being silly!! Like I say, big brother attitude! This is something I could never have asked for so thanks boys. (I know you’re going to rip me for this later and I’m ok with that.)

My first year has been an eventful learning curve. In addition to the highs of getting to do what I wanted creativity wise, there have been a few.. alterations, shall we say, to the Rock’n’Roller Parlour. 4th December 2016 – I experienced frozen pipes for the first time. Good job I had a hairdryer and my dad on hand with extra insulation! Spring 2017 – the dangers of the sun. Cue window canopies and foil lining on the roof!

So.. a year on. Was FarGo the right choice? Without question! Being part of the FarGo Famalam, as Auntie Olive once called it, is a rare opportunity. You become friends with individuals whose paths would usually never cross with your own. Most importantly, you’re surrounded by people who genuinely want to do well in their businesses which further causes you to develop extra drive and ambition.

Let’s see what next year is going to rock’n’roll my way…!

Room Art & The Pod present: Movement. Archive.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” Martha Graham.

Exhibition Opening of art works by George Holt (1924-2005).
Curators: Martin Green, Melissa Morris and Marcin Sz.

All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the dynamic and prolific work of George Holt.
This carefully curated archive exhibition serves to allow such moments of movement from the past, to transcend time, to be noticed and to energise the present.

We are delighted to make this exhibition at #CCCAFarGo Village Coventry with gracious permission from Jane Holt and immense support from Christine Eade and Martin Green from The Pod – Coventry.

The opening runs from 12:00 – 15:00 on Sunday the 23rd of July with a musical accompaniment throughout.

www.facebook.com/GeorgeHoltbyRoomArt/
roomart.org/archive-of-artists/george-holt

George Holt statement:

“My method of working is based on the belief that intuition and spontaneity produce better results for me than careful planning and execution. Usually it involves composing directly on the ‘canvas’ and constantly reacting to what has previously happened in the work for stimulation to further activity. If things go well, a synthesis of abstract elements in aesthetic equilibrium results , which equates to the dynamic or reposeful feelings that have been experienced whilst working.”

George Holt
Eagle Works