Danny McMillan explores events at The Point
Words: Danny McMillan
The Point, located on South Parade, is the home of DARTS (Doncaster Community Arts). Comprising an art gallery, café and conference rooms, it offers a range of activities – workshops for families, engaging exhibitions, singing groups and much more.
It is without doubt a hidden gem of culture right in the heart of the town centre. The exterior of the Georgian townhouse is grandiose, but inside it has modern décor and is up-to-date with full disabled access, including a Changing Place Facility.
On Saturday 26th of May I took a trip over to The Point to take a look at #PointFEST, the free family-friendly music festival, and what a day it was. I was greeted on entry by the wonderful reception staff and followed the noise of the extraordinary acoustic guitar down to the gallery. It was full of people – it was beautiful to see parents and children joining in together, singing and clapping along to the music. I stayed in the gallery for a while to watch the full set, and used the time between bands to have a wander round and take a look at what was on offer.
I met DARTS’ Communications Officer, Amy, along with Programmes Manager, Hayley, to have a quick chat and ask a few questions about the event. They were more than happy to help and took me on a tour of the premises, showing me everything that was happening.
There was a UV sensory room which was not what I was expecting. The kids in the blacked out room were loving it, making their own bright patterns with illuminous arts and crafts. It was a really interactive idea that allowed everybody to be involved.
DARTS had worked to make sure the event was accessible and fun for all families. Amy and Hayley mentioned that in the past, participants have said that it can be helpful to have a bit of space available away from people and loud noises, as it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming for individuals. As such, they had organised chill-out zones throughout the building for anyone who wanted a bit of quiet and space away from the buzz of the event.
Another way in which attendees could ease into the scenario comfortably was the silent disco. As soon as you put on the headphones you stepped into a world you were unaware existed from the outside. It added a whole new level of sensory interaction to the event, highlighting that this was a special experience and not just a bog-standard music festival. It was something different.
There’s lots coming up at The Point, and they provide a range of activities throughout the week. If you’re interested in hearing more about what’s happening, drop into The Point and pick up one of their What’s On guides. Most of their activities are free, and the guide simply asks that people consider making a donation to the charity to help them continue their work.
One of the big exhibitions coming up this year is Microbes, running from 21st July to 1st September, where the gallery will become home to suspended inflatable glowing microbe pods. There’s also a Family Fun Day to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on 21st July, where families are invited to bring a picnic along to The Point and enjoy drop-in arts workshops themed around the exhibition.
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