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A social Saturday

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Saturday (26 June) saw the unveiling of a photography exhibition and film by Simon Peter Green at The Box, Fargo Village Coventry… and a very special group of people reunited in person for the first time in well over a year.

Rewind 15 months and members of the New Vibes movement in Coventry, supported by our Connecting for Good Cov fight against isolation in the city, were busy preparing for this exhibition.

New Vibes are a group of people of different abilities who came together to find solutions to the barriers they faced trying to access a social life in Coventry. They believed that venues could become more inclusive and they wanted to share how, to change nightlife for the better.

The DJ Sound System face of the movement was also flying high, with New Vibes playing at local venues, in warm up sets for other artists and at the wrap party for filming of BBC One’s Doctors series.

But as we know, lockdown put life on pause in March 2020. At a time when the movement could easily have stopped moving, Simon and New Vibes started up their live online Friday night audio visual shows to help keep the crew together.

A man in a flat cap, glasses and face mask pulled down stands in front of the camera with his photography exhibition behind him
Simon and his exhibition at The Box, Fargo Village Coventry
A young man with Down's Syndrome, wearing glasses and blue headphones around his neck poses for the camera

Fast forward to June 2021 and you can see Simon’s photos of New Vibes in all their glory on display in the Market Hall at Fargo Village, Coventry.

The launch event at the village’s Box venue was a great success, with DJ Rishard on the decks and old friends back together to prep the exhibition and enjoy its reception.

Simon says: “Fantastic time at my exhibition launch… blown away by the responses and engagement with the New Vibes project. Thank you for the support.” (@SimonPeterGreen on Twitter)

Photo credits: Simon Green and Connecting for Good Cov.

Follow @ConnectingforGoodCov on Facebook and Instagram for more news and visit the website to learn more about our work #SparkingCommunityAction and training community Changemakers in Coventry.

Read more about Simon and our connection here – including his film about New Vibes Visuals.

Connecting for Good Cov is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Aman wearing glasses and a black hoody stands in front of a large studio photograph of him. Another photo is alongside
A group of people at a photography exhibition stand together in a large hall

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