#TBT: Guest Blog for Summer of somewhereto_

This week we have a throw back to a guest blog that was written during our Summer of somewhereto_ campaign, by Kingsley Zah.  Summer of somewhereto_ was a season long campaign we ran in 2014, where artists, musicians and entrepreneurs came together in somewhereto_ spaces to collaborate and share ideas.  Read Kingsley’s blog below.

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“Hi my name is Kingsley Zah, I’m a fashion designer, musician, visionary, and all round good guy trying to figure life out whilst having fun!

Earlier this year in May, I participated in my first independent group fashion show called STRIKE, which was held in an amazing old church called Asylum in Peckham. Laura and Misha, who were the London Regional Delivery Partners that helped curate the fashion show, approached me to see if I’d be interested in being involved in the summer campaign. After the incredibly positive experience I’d had with somewhereto_ I thought this would be an interesting opportunity, so in July I became a shop manager for the first time in the London space in Peckham High Street.

Let me give you a run down of what my days were like. Sometimes during the day there would be a barbeque with live graffiti art taking place outside in the backyard, then in the evening you’d have a whole new crowd of young people listening to live music performances or milling about an art exhibition. I’d love it when there were talks from entrepreneurs who inspired young people to chase their dream’s, it’s reaffirming to know success is down to hard work and not letting go of your dreams.

Let me give you a run down of what my days were like. Sometimes during the day there would be a barbeque with live graffiti art taking place outside in the backyard, then in the evening you’d have a whole new crowd of young people listening to live music performances or milling about an art exhibition. I’d love it when there were talks from entrepreneurs who inspired young people to chase their dream’s, it’s reaffirming to know success is down to hard work and not letting go of your dreams.

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Let me give you a run down of what my days were like. Sometimes during the day there would be a barbeque with live graffiti art taking place outside in the backyard, then in the evening you’d have a whole new crowd of young people listening to live music performances or milling about an art exhibition. I’d love it when there were talks from entrepreneurs who inspired young people to chase their dream’s, it’s reaffirming to know success is down to hard work and not letting go of your dreams.

On the launch day of summer of somewhereto_ there was so much buzz happening, seeing Plan B (our Head Mentor) and Kay Davis our London ambassador showing respect and admiration for each other’s art and work was so dope.

Then we had the Sunday market stalls, which were nice, we had people selling cool artwork, clothes, cupcakes, bubble tea etc. It was really nice to be around this because we had young people who owned their own businesses in their own right, and I respect people who are just being themselves and selling their products. Most importantly because the space was FREE, they kept whatever money they made and that was such a good thing.

One of my highlights was when the SYCO auditions took place, you witnessed young musicians, some after their auditions and others waiting to audition just sitting in the somewhereto_ space having a improvisation jamming session, singing lyrics “today was a good day” and shouting out “somewhereto”…now that blew my mind.

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Overall this experience has changed my life, somewhwereto_ and Livity are cool as ever, and it has made me realise that all I want to do is be creative, be around creative people and help mentor creative people. If I can have a job, which allows me to do this, then I will be happy forever.

This is Kingsley Zah, over and out. “Hard work, makes the dream work” I’ve always wanted to say that LOL. Peace and Love.”

Big ups to Kingsley for his hard work over summer of somewhereto_ and his dedication to making the project such a great success.

If you wanna get involved with somewhereto_ check out our current events here. Or if you want to run your own event check out our free spaces now!