Festifeel's Work Is Truly Important

Festifeel's Work Is Truly Important

Up close at the London event...

To be greeted and welcomed in a Hall of Fame inspired front room with neon light projections and interactive learning spots is impressive and immediately sets the tone.

The annual extravaganza Festifeel celebrated its tenth birthday with as much life-affirming glitz, glamour and infectious energy as it is possible to digest. The focus on education around breast cancer continues to be an objective in Coppafeel’s strategy, and the charity’s sold-out event on Saturday saw hundreds immerse themselves in live sets, comedy and workshops.

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Few high-profile charity events can achieve targets, be ambitious without attaching big names to their work. Festifeel is not different in that sense. There is Fearne Cotton’s emotive and empowering talk. Presenters Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders, Arielle Free, Gemma Cairney and Goldierocks provide bouncy pop DJ sets.

Ferocious and surprising performances are delivered by Feeder, Tom Grennan, James Bay, Bombay Bicycle Club and RAYE on Festifeel’s main stage. Similarly, Sara Pascoe, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Rosie Jones, Steve Bugeja, and Sarah Keyworth deliver honest, daring and thought-provoking comedy.

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But music and comedy are far from the sole activities at House of Boobs (temporarily renamed from House of Vans) where workshops, photobooths, merch stores, face painting, healthy food, drinks and cakes options are displayed and on sale.

The bustling vibe matches the design and decoration on site, it is awe-inspiring and vibrant. A Moroccan style décor with plenty of cushions and dimmed lighting provides a chilled, tranquil space for conversation, leg rest or a cup of coffee. This room is in some contrast to the action taking place around the main stage area, but it works. 

A day of entertainment, education and complete immersion, Festifeel tackles a serious, very real cause in inventive ways. There is a need for the charity to continue its inspiring, ambitious work.

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Learn more about Coppafeel! HERE.

Words: Susan Hansen
Photography: Rachel Lipsitz

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