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The Great Custom House Robbery

Above - The Great Custom House Robbery by Jason Orr

Riverside Inverclyde was delighted to support Evolve Fest 2018 which was held on Sunday 3 June 2018 at Custom House Quay in Greenock.

Delivered by Rig Arts and partners, Evolve18 was a celebration of the youth of Inverclyde with their creative contributions to Inverclyde's past, present, and future. Youth programmers developed, designed, curated and contributed to the youth led arts festival.

The event offered something for the whole family and showcased a multitude of art-forms including exhibitions, drama, dance, film and media content, crafts, upcycling and live music.

The event also had on-site activities such as arts and crafts stalls, pop up workshops, information stalls to promote local activities and groups, as well as food and drink stalls.

The spectacle extended to the Clyde with boats chartered from Ocean Youth Trust lit up, sailing close to the shore and being moored at the close by James Watt Dock for the public to board.  A series of youth led performances and community engagement culminated in a waterfront fireworks spectacular showcasing Inverclyde's unique geographical position on the banks of the Clyde.

Following a co-design approach, young people are a driving force in shaping, developing and implementing all events for the Year of Young People 2018 and the event was a fantastic showcase for the Inverclyde.

Riverside Inverclyde and The Greenock Burns Club both supported the event through opening up space withinThe Custom House for a pop-up art exhibition to be displayed.

Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment at Riverside Inverclyde said:

"Evolve Fest 2018 was an outstanding event and shows what could be achieved through a creative and co-operative approach.  We'd like to congratulate Rig Arts and partners on a successful event and hope this can return in the future.  The use of the space for the grand staircase in the Custom House by Jason Orr was exceptional as were the other supporting pieces of art from young and clearly talented Inverclyde residents."

For more details and coverage of the event, please visit Rig Arts Facebook Page.  Further pictures can be seen below:

Published: 5 June 2018