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Kieran and Kaitlin

Kieran and Kaitlin

Name: Kieran and Kaitlin
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2012
Location: Harwich, Essex
Campaign: Stop people stereotyping 'hoodies'

We hope to achieve a positive image in our community of young people and eliminate the negative stereotypes associated with people that wear hoodies, teenagers in particular. We want to provide a fun event for everyone, bringing the whole community together. 


We decided last year that we wanted to do something good in our community. We feel that there isn’t much to do in our town, so the idea of the hoodie festival came about.  We aim to achieve our goals of eliminating stereotypes and bringing the community together by putting on this event.


The festival brought together a range of young local talent throughout the day ranging from folk to pop to rock to promote further the positive image of young people. We also had music from a brass band to target a different audience. There was a variety of stalls to visit, from cakes to face painting, craft, jewellery and even snakes!


Fixers have been supportive and have suggested some new ideas to us. They have helped give our festival the professional edge that we want to achieve.


We now have a 2013 festival planned to be held on November 9th! (Click on our updates to find out more). We want the festival to be open to everyone in our community and for our town to support us as a group.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:


Charlotte Forman Deanna Smith
Hannah Cook Kaitlin Trenerry
Oliver Locke William Patrick

Teen Talk Harwich

Hayley Lovett from Teen Talk Harwich supported our project by helping us organise and run the event. The group empower young people to work through their problems at their own pace, giving support to young people in our area, and their support enhanced the festival.

October 2013

We received a Diana Active Campaigner Award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 16th October. The Award recognises all that we've achieved with the Harwich Hoody Festival.



We are planning a bigger and better Harwich Hoody Festival for 2013. It will be held on 9th November 2013 from 10.30am-3pm. 


The event will be held at the same location as the previous two years at Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NS


To raise money for the festival, we are sleeping under the stars in the haunted fort in Old Harwich!


6th December 2012

​Our festival was featured on ITV Anglia Tonight news, the first of the Fixer pieces in this region. Watch the video here.


Following this, our story was featured on the Harwich and Essex Community website.


5th December 2012

A total of 70 people attended the Teen Talk awards in Harwich - a large increase from the previous year - and this was due to the festival!

We had a large amount of great feedback, this is what just some of the people in attendance said of the event:


Kara Trenerry

'Fantastic atmosphere. Great effort from the youngsters. Would be great to see this as an outdoor event. Support from the town has been great.'


Emily Byrne

'The festival made me realise that we can all get along with everyone and become a closer community when we join in with these kind of festivals.'


Khea Edgar
'The festival showed me how much talent there is in Harwich. These events help change the perception of young people.'


Louise Zimmerman
'It's great to see people of all ages come together and share great live music. A very positive thing for Harwich. Wonderful to see.'



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