The Arts at the Street Child Cricket World Cup

Posted on the 6th May 2019

The Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 (SCCWC 2019) Festival of Arts saw young people taking part in activities including drumming, dancing, painting and singing, as well as pofessional artists and members of the public making work inspired by the event.

Schools around Cambridge welcomed the SCCWC 2019 teams and their students created and performed with the young people from across the world. Coleridge Community College held a concert raising money for SCCWC 2019, where their students performed alongside Team India South and Team Bangladesh.

Bhavani, from Team India South, said: “I enjoyed the dancing, I felt like I was dancing on a big stage. I am happy.”

Team Mauritius make a SCCWC 2019 banner

 

Tanzania Team Leader Kanut Massanja said: “The Festival of Arts is very nice for the children, they have enjoyed it a lot because it was the first time for them to come together with other children from around the world so it was a great occasion. Everyone is smiling”

Painting was the favourite activity of Kevin from Team Mauritius. He said: “It was good, I was very happy, it’s a good feeling being with the other children. I loved the painting and drawing. Some of the children were painting me which was very funny.”

Inspire-works, who we’ve worked with since the Street Child Cricket World Cup Durban 2010, ran drumming sessions for the Teams. Mike Simpson from Inspire-works said: “It’s amazing to see all these kids and to know that through music and sport we can help them have their voices heard.”

Team Bangladesh perform a traditional dance

 

The teams were already getting involved in arts acitivities before arriving in Cambridge. Laura Scott, Street Child United Arts and Education Coordinator, posted disposable cameras to each of the teams before SCCWC 2019 so they could take photos of their daily lives. The photos were used in Cambridge as a tool for the young people to communicate beyond language barriers and share experiences.

At Parker’s Piece, alongside the SCCWC 2019 cricket played on 4 & 5 May, members of the public were invited to create SCCWC 2019 art, including banners of support and friendship bracelets.

SCCWC 2019 Volunteer Jo said: “The Arts can be used in the same way that sport as a universal language – when children sit down together they don’t need to be able to say things because they are doing a shared project, so it’s very companionable. They can sit next to somebody from another country and do something and see what they’ve done together and be pleased with it without having to have spoken.”

We were delighted to welcome professional artists Vicky Roy, Tim Vyner and Madeleine Waller to create work about SCCWC 2019.

An Inspire-works drumming workshop, photographed by Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy experienced life on the streets in West Bengal, India, when he ran away from his home and started working as a ragpicker at New Delhi Railway station. He then moved to a non-profit organisation in New Delhi which cared for young children who lived on the streets, and it was this community centre that made him realise his fate as photographer. In 2008, he was selected by the US-based Maybach Foundation to photo-document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York. Vicky received an honourable mention from the International Photography Awards for his work at the Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018.

Tim Vyner is an artist and a visual journalist. He travels around the world drawing from global sporting events, diverse communities and museums. He creatively documents events and produces visual digital narratives in illustration and animation form. Tim worked at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2013–16 he lived with and documented the lives of monks in the Eastern Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos. Like Vicky, Tim worked with us in Moscow.

After completing a photo-journalism course at the London College of Printing, Australian-born Madeleine Waller started her photographic career working for newspapers and magazines on a broad range of assignments from reportage to features. Madeleine has chosen to concentrate mainly on portraiture developing her own photographic identity particularly working on sets of portraits. A selection of her Portraits of Poets is included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

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