I LAUNCHED AN ONLINE FESTIVAL
Last year we were in a barn. This year’s Super Sunday is available from your laptop.
I founded The Little Surprises Company four years ago, offering surprise gift experiences, both real and virtual. I run it alongside my day job, teaching in an inner city school in London. Last year, we staged our first mini-festival, Super Sunday, hosting over 500 people in a barn in Waterloo. The event was a celebration of food, wellness and creativity and was a brilliant way to get small businesses together. I made loads of new contacts, from bakers to wellness therapists, from artists to vegan brands, people local to my area who are all striving to make life more fun for families and make a living from it.
When lockdown was announced, I felt it was really important to do something to champion all these brilliant local businesses that I work with who have pivoted to running online workshops and experiences but who maybe don’t have the same advertising budgets as larger corporations. So this Sunday, 24th May, the festival’s going virtual.
In the other part of my week, as a teacher I am exposed to the harsh realities of the impact of lockdown on lots of families in London, with food banks being busier than ever. I decided to combine both missions and run this year’s Super Sunday online with the profits being donated to London Food Banks.
It has been a quick turnaround but the line up of workshops and panel speakers is incredible, I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me to put this together so quickly! It will be a digital festival celebrating food, wellness and creativity and will allow guests to enjoy a range of interactive workshops, panel speakers & a marketplace showcasing the brilliant local brands. This is the perfect chance to learn something new, build a ‘to-visit list’ for post-lock down & meet some great new people. A brilliant way to finish off Mental Health Awareness week – with a dose of joy!
One of the advantages of the festival being hosted online this year is that visitors can join from anywhere in the world! With over 50 brands showcasing their brilliant businesses, guests can join cookalongs with their kids, learn to make espresso martinis & and finish off their evening with some live comedy. Early bird tickets are from just £5, then a pay what you like donation for all other tickets.
Words: Hannah-Beth Clark