On 7 July 2015, we celebrated turning one at the Watershed with a whole bunch of supportive and fantastic people. In the last year, we’ve created over 400 pieces of content, collaborated with youth providers in Bristol, and had a fun time doing it.
It was incredible to be able to celebrate our Rife journey with familiar faces, and some new ones too. We’ve grown so much since our talent lab and Rife launch party last year, and we’re very grateful for the support across Bristol and beyond.
Rife’s resident MC, Shanai hosted the event. The celebration saw the pre-launch (live on 22 July 2015) of the Rife Guide, (Bristol’s very own encyclopaedia and ‘what’s on’ guide for young people presented by Jess) the Rife Awards and we found out what some of our fantastic former in-house content creators are up to post-Rife.
Sammy and Jon spoke about how Rife gave them a platform to get their voice heard. Sammy now works as a Junior Online Editor at Crack Magazine and Jon works as a Brand & Content Champion at Dare Devil Project.
Special guests and talented brothers, Alex and Theo part of ‘Stay Hungry‘ performed two of their tracks and sang us Happy Birthday and we all sang along, badly.
Broadcaster (Radio & TV) Maya Jama took to the stage to talk about her journey from college student to prime-time radio presenter and World Cup host. She spoke about how hard it is for young women getting in to the the broadcast industry and the power of perseverance, confidence and only striving for the best.
We ended the evening on an inspirational high, ate loads of cake and everyone spread some Rife birthday love.
You can see more of the birthday fun here.
Thank you everyone who attended, and thank you to every one who has supported us the past year. No worries if you couldn’t be there in person, we love you all.
Check out the party photos on our Facebook page, and tag yourselves.
Do you have any photos from the Rife birthday party? Send them our way! @rifemag
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Rife is Watershed‘s online magazine created for young people, by young people.
We offer paid internships and publish work by young writers, photographers, illustrators, and filmmakers from all sorts of backgrounds, helping them get into creative careers. Rife has reached over 8,000 young people through our workshops, over 220 young people have made stuff for Rife on topics ranging from mental health to identity to baked beans, and last year, over 200,000 people visited our website.
In these complex and uncertain times hearing from and supporting young people who are advocating for social change and contributing fresh perspectives has never been so important.
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