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The Futureheads’ Ross Millard is banging the drum for Sunderland Summer Streets festival

Get ready to samba...Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project is hoping to establish a Samba band and held it's first trial workshop at the weekend.

Get ready to samba...Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project is hoping to establish a Samba band and held it's first trial workshop at the weekend.

ONE of Sunderland’s best-known musicians is banging the drum for a new festival of music.

The Futureheads’ Ross Millard is artistic director of the Summer Streets festival in July.

“We’ve had a great response from bands, choirs and groups wanting to take part,” said Ross.

“But Summer Streets is also about creating opportunities, so we’re supporting people who are creating new groups – like a Samba band in Southwick, for instance.

“We’re still looking to tap into the amazing talent we have locally – there’s still time for anyone to get involved.”

The free Summer Streets festival will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on July 19, and Ross is organising the event with The Cultural Spring, a three-year £2million Arts Council-funded initiative working in five wards each in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

“We’ve already signed up a variety of quality musical talent, from rock groups to folk groups, from brass bands to school bands and from ukelele groups to singing groups,” said Ross.

“It’s all about community music and local musicians – the music of the streets and from our streets.”

The event will start with a street procession at 1.30pm, with performance from 2pm-6pm.

There will be at least three performing areas, while Southwick Primary School and local community groups are working on art to showcase on the day.

For more information or to become with the Summer Streets festival, visit www.theculturalspring.co.uk, contact Ross on Twitter at @rgtmillard or e-mail David.Callaghan@TheCulturalSpring.org.uk

 

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