2 July 2021
A Northamptonshire school has celebrated one its marquee annual events, taking it to the virtual world to ensure a week long celebration that will live long in the memory.
Northampton High School, based in Hardingstone, runs its Arts Festival annually, with the school opening its doors to give their students an unforgettable experience. In previous years, the school has welcomed guests such as authors Pippa Goodhart and Ross Welford into school to help mark the occasion, in a week-long celebration of all things artistic! The event will usually culminate with an Arts Invitational, an event which welcomes parents and guests into the school to highlights the vast array of work completed by students across all areas in an art gallery-style format; a truly fitting way to close the festivities.
However, current restrictions dictated the event couldn’t go ahead as intended, but with true artistic flair ‘the show must go on’ and thus, the Virtual Arts Festival was born. Spanning the course of a week, social media was taken over by the hashtag #VirtualArtsFestival2021, with work from the world of Art, Fashion, Textiles, Food, Film, English and Music, flooding the digital world to commemorate the special event. Visitors to the school’s channels were wowed by the level of work completed by students of all ages – from pupils aged 2 in the Nursery, all the way up to 18 in the Sixth Form – as the school proudly celebrated their students’ achievements. In traditional fashion, the festival concluded with its Invitational, which also took place as a virtual event. Being premiered on YouTube, the 90 minute feature-length production took a further dive into the creative world, and in a show that featured Drama performances, artistic designs, musical numbers, cookery creations and everything in between, the enthralled guests who tuned in left proceedings feeling in awe of the fantastic work produced by the student body.
In a week filled with imagination and skill, the students of Northampton High School continue to raise the bar with their unmatched creativity and exceptional talents. Despite a period of uncertainty, the pupils remain inspired and motivated to be the best they can be, and this celebration of the Arts is a testament to their amazing hard work and dedication.