Fantastic, Amazing, Brilliant! (aka FAB!) is an annual action-packed day for Looked After Children held in Lincolnshire and produced by soundLINCS for Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Services participation team.
For the past seven years it has combined a presentation ceremony for children and young people from all over Lincolnshire with a huge diversity of music and arts activities based around a chosen theme. There was also a long service Award Ceremony for Foster Carers as well as a Foster Carers Conference giving them the opportunity to learn and liaise with other carers.
FAB! 2018 took place on 30th June at the Sir Isaac Newton Building, University of Lincoln focusing on the theme of ‘FAB! – The Future’. An Awards Ceremony took place in the Lecture Theatre that was transformed into an atmospheric, futuristic experience. The ceremony was hosted by the young people who shared their inspirational journeys and also premiered a piece composed by participants from soundLINCS Fusion Project entitled “The Future”. The participants were keen that the song inspired others to think about their own future and their potential. Find out more about the Fusion project and listen to the track here.
A range of futuristic activities were available in the afternoon including 3D printing and scanning, a planetarium, virtual reality games, robotics, drones, philosophy pods, rocket making, story-telling and an unplugged performance stage for participants to perform in front of their friends and family.
FAB! 2017 took place on the 1st July at Priory City of Lincoln Academy. The chosen theme for the year was ‘FAB! @ the Movies’, and saw a showbiz red carpet and awards ceremony take place, surrounded by almost two dozen film themed activities to take part in and explore.
Activities included a climbing wall, a jungle gym, samba and drama workshops, Indiana Jones style archaeology and even a Rock School and performance stage where participants has the opportunity to play in front of their friends and family. There was also a ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ and the opportunity to put your handprint on record as part of a collage, complete with popcorn rewards for completing the FAB! treasure map.
2016’s FAB! took place on the 5th March and had a global feel to it as it took on the theme “Our FAB! World”. This brought young people and their carers and workers together for a day of international activities and games, as well as the annual Awards ceremony in the afternoon.
The morning contained a huge range of things to do, covering every continent and corner of the Earth, from Didgeridoos and Kangaroo Sack Racking through to Igloo Building, Cheerleading and even our very own Petting Zoo.
In the afternoon there was the annual Awards Ceremony for Looked After Children and carers, which more than ever before put the young people in control, with them introducing and announcing many of the awards. The global theme also continued as the ceremony featured music from numerous cultures as well as a rousing samba performance from soundLINCS staff to get it underway!
FAB! 2015 was held on the 7th March and brought together children, young people, foster carers and social workers from across Lincolnshire together for a fun and innovative day based around the theme of ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ and contained an array of activities from superhero creation to rocket launchers and a box town.
In the morning a series of workshops were available to young people along with informative stalls and opportunities from organisations such as Bishop Grosseteste University, Duke of Edinburgh and Siemens. Foster carers were also invited to a conference presented by Addaction about the dangers of Legal Highs and the preventative measures that can be taken against them.
2014’s FAB! Event was held on the 8th March and saw over 400 children, young people, foster carers and social workers from across the region enjoy an action packed day. The event was based around the theme of engineering in anticipation of National Science and Engineering Week and offered practical, fun and creative activities that everybody could get involved with.
During the morning children and young people were able to experience a range of engineering themed workshops provided by organisations including Hands on Science, Nottingham University, Architecture Workshops and Anglian Water. The activities enabled children and young people to experience new, exciting opportunities which were both fun and educational for those involved. The attending foster carers were also invited to spend the morning at a conference called ‘Inside Out’, where the approaches and difficulties of fostering were covered.
The afternoon’s events saw the annual awards for looked after children and fosterers presented, with an electric atmosphere and enthusiasm throughout the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by British actress Zoe Mills and was attended by Councillors Patricia Bradwell and David Brailsford from Lincolnshire County Council and Janice Spencer and Stuart Carlton; the Associate Directors of Children’s Services in the region.
The event was another huge success with soundLINCS CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE saying: “It was an emotional day for everyone attending and we all felt extremely proud and honoured to be sharing in celebrating the fantastic achievements of the young people and their carers”.
For more photographs of FAB! 2014 visit the Flickr folder!
FAB! in 2013 was held on the 23rd March and was themed on the art of science to mark it coinciding with National Meteorological Day. The bracing weather conditions did not deter over 320 children and young people from coming along and having a fantastic day, enjoying the vast range of activities that were on offer.
During the morning a Foster Carers Conference took place whilst there were a brilliant series of scientific drop-in workshop sessions on offer for all those attending: ranging from producing unique pieces of art through scientific experiments and extracting DNA from strawberries to carrying out crime scene investigations of fingerprinting and star gazing in the spectacular indoor planetarium.
soundLINCS also used the event to celebrate the unveiling of two newly commissioned sound installations – soundGENERATIONspiral and Making Noise on Tour.
The soundGENERATIONSpiral was a one-off showcase that brought together music created by groups across Lincolnshire and India, who had been part of the soundLINCS project soundGENERATION since 2011. This work was displayed using the Soundspiral – a unique, interactive audio playback environment in an incredible inflatable venue!
Making Noise on Tour was an inspirational and fully accessible installation which vibrated with sound, light and colour to enable participants to create new sights and sounds through their voice, touch and movements.
The afternoon was devoted to celebrating the lives and triumphs of looked-after children and care-leavers in Lincolnshire. After a welcome from Councillor Brailsford of Lincolnshire County Council, a series of awards were presented to mark their exceptional achievements. A Long Service award was also presented to Foster Carers in recognition of their continued devotion and support.
There was also live music throughout the day from numerous young performers as well as a poetry recital from the performance poet Dreadlock Alien, who was returning to MC the event for the 2nd year running. One young musician commented that “It’s heartwarming to think that these guys are in care and everyone’s getting together to celebrate being strong”.
For more photographs of FAB! 2013 visit the Flickr folder!
FAB! 2012 took place on the 31st March, welcoming over 150 children and teenagers to the EPIC Centre for an event based around the Cultural Olympiad and the Lincolnshire ‘Live and Learn Like a Champion’ programme to enjoy an action-packed day of workshops and celebrations.
There was a huge range or activities and workshops on offer in the morning, including making music with a three-metre tall ‘Junk Sculpture’, Rock & Pop and DJ-skills workshops and several large-scale activities like circus skills, interactive story-telling and drama games led by students from Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University College.
The afternoon began with a welcome from Councillor Patricia Bradwell of Lincolnshire County Council and the presenting of eleven V4C and JUMP awards to mark exceptional achievements for personal or educational endeavour, in the arts, sport or adventure.
MC for the day was performance poet Dreadlock Alien, who composed a poem, “Well Done”, to close the proceedings. He commented that “I love working with looked-after children and see it as a way of giving back following my own experiences of being in care. There are lots of positive aspects about being in the care system – opportunities like today’s event, when looked-after children can meet others, gain social skills and interact with a lot of different people. FAB! is just like a huge family gathering!”