Kinetika Design Studio artists designed and made costumes for a programme of events running from November 2013 to Spring 2014.
The events – embraced the creativity of the local community to celebrate the launch of Quintain‘s new development – London Designer Outlet in Brent. Kinetika People delivered a programme of community engagement encouraging local residents and workers of all ages to visit the new development, to feel part of it, proud of it, and generate a sense of local ownership.
Two annual events have been created – The Sitare Festival (launched on 2 November 2013), and The Spring Festival (launched on 5 April 2014) celebrate the diverse demographic and culturally rich borough of Brent, providing a year-round calendar of activities and events to appeal to a wide range of locals, day trippers and tourists.
A large team of artists worked throughout the summer to create the Diwali-inspired costumes, designed by Ali Pretty (see production credits below). Workshops, led by Kinetika, engaged 150 school children from Kingsbury High Secondary School, Lyon Park Junior School, Mount Stewart Junior School in Wembley who created their own costumes, silk mobiles and headdresses for what will be an annual event, initially launched on 2 November 2013. Local Brent dance groups KSPARK and First Impressions also took part to create spectacular performances for the illuminated Sitare Parade which included one of Kinetika Design Studio’s spectacular Peacock towers.
For this forthcoming event, 300 local school children took part in batik workshops during March to create drawings for a 50m length of silk was painted live by Kinetika Design Studio artists as part of a day-long programme of events on Saturday 5 April, 2014. The Kinetika Bloco, who most recently featured in the Athlete’s Parade in 2012, performed spectacular dance routines and live music on the day, animating using the freshly painted silk which will be installed at the outlet in Summer.
All the wonderful work created in local primary schools went on display inside Unit 51 of the outlet from 5 April – 5 May, showcasing a range of new skills learned by pupils as well as their teachers including batik drawing and painting, headdress and costume design and mobile making.