We are delighted to have such a strong community partnership with our friends at Third Space, who provided great support and enthusiastic ideas. This year the festival’s ‘Third Space Social Area’ was developed by a collaboration of community groups who use Third Space Café as their communities meeting space. Groups include: Conversation Salons, Care After Prison, Smithfield Boxing Club, Welcome Cafe and the Irish Speaking Breakfast Club.
Together they developed this café styled zone, which took place in our yurt, located in the centre of Smithfield Square. Festival attendees could grab a coffee or smoothie from one of our festival stalls, join one of these five community groups, and engage in community-minded conversations with friends both new and old.
The collective expertise of all involved in creating a space to foster connections and garner a greater sense of community played a key role in the success of this zone; which provided an opportunity for attendees to connect with one another.