Meet Team Juice: Karen Johnston

_k4a2054With Juice Festival being well and truly over for another year, we thought it would be nice to share a little bit of information about the fantastic people who made up this year’s Team Juice – our group of 16 – 25 year olds, who worked on the festival’s events and organised the launch party, as well as generally helping out and making sure the festival went ahead. With this in mind, Karen Johnston kindly agreed to share some of her experiences on this year’s festival with us….

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Karen a recent archaeology graduate from Newcastle University and I am also passionate about literature.

Can you describe Juice Festival in three words?

Fun, inclusive, diverse.

What have you gained from being a member of Team Juice?

Over the duration of the festival I learnt so much and am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team. I’ve worked with a diverse range of people as part of Team Juice. I also had the opportunity to help plan the Launch Party at Gateshead Library which provided hands-on experience of event planning. It was interesting to see the transition from planning to the actual event. Working on the festival I was able to watch so many different events that I would not normally attend. Team Juice made it possible for me to broaden my own interpretation of different art forms which presented events such as Downside Up! or Mirror Mirror to name but two. The Juice festival and the various events leading up to it were fun and it’s given me some great memories.

Downside Up Image by Karen

What’s been your favourite thing about being a member of Team Juice?

I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Bare Toed Dance Company on their event Downside Up! I had a lot of fun playing around with the tech system during their first show. I really liked that their tech team trusted me with their equipment and tasked me with demonstrating the skills to a young audience for them to try out. As a member of Team Juice I was even able to perform a head stand and sit atop a trapeze (with some help) something that I definitely wouldn’t have done beforehand. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed working the event. Downside Up! was completely different to what I was expecting and it was a great event for both adults and young children. It was a fully inclusive event for people with additional needs and I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Karen also contributed a number of blog posts in the lead up to the Festival, all of which can be found here.