Crowds turned out for live music and art in Daventry’s park

The Summer Samba on the New Street Rec
The Summer Samba on the New Street Rec

More than 600 people enjoyed a free afternoon of live music during another successful Daventry Arts Festival event.

Organised by the Daventry and District Housing (DDH) Youth Board, which is made up of local youngsters aged between 12 and 17 years old, the Summer Samba featured performances from local bands and DJs, including Tony Shaw, Leto Dietrich, DJ X, J Script, Breaking Point and SO77.

Run in partnership with the Phoenix Youth Centre, the Summer Samba took place at the New Street Rec in Daventry and also featured football and rugby activities led by Sports Leaders from Daventry Leisure Centre, the launch of the new Daventry Town app and stands from the Northampton Association of Youth Clubs and Green Acres.

The stage for the day was provided by local company Juice Sound and Light who worked alongside the DDH Youth Board and gave them tips on stage management.

On Sunday, the Rec played host to the inaugural Art in the Park event. Four local artists; Nina Cashmore, Mandy Moser, Heather Hindle and Sharon Fretter, as well as student Lewis Darley, kept the public entertained by showcasing their painting and drawing talents.

The work of Nina Cashmore is currently being exhibited at Daventry Library as part of the three-week Daventry Arts Festival, which runs until the weekend.

Cllr Wendy Randall, Mayor of Daventry, who attended the Art in Park event, said: “It’s fantastic to see the youth of the town getting involved in the organisation of these two events and it was great that the New Street Rec was used as the venue.

“The good weather contributed to making Saturday’s Summer Samba event a huge success and it was great to see people of all ages coming together. Sunday’s Arts in Park event showcased the amazing artists the town has to offer. I’m really looking forward to this event returning next year.”

Sarah Sims, DDH community development officer, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Daventry District Council, Daventry Town Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation who all supported these events.

“It was great to see so many local people enjoying live music together and now that our local artists have had the opportunity to meet each other, I’m sure we can look forward to many similar events in the future.”