Musical Minds


Musical Minds – A Lottery Funded Project

We’re thrilled to introduce a new project for the 2021 festival – Musical Minds – funded by the National Lottery Foundation.

The project has arisen directly in response to feedback and clear demand from the local community and in particular from
Radio Respect (an operational broadcasting CIC), Bognor Institute of Laughter and the Joe Strummer Foundation.

This project will give the opportunity to participants experiencing mental health problems, social isolation and learning difficulties, to be involved in owning, planning and executing important aspects of the organisational, musical and technical side of our expanding and popular Festival.

Radio Respect has the central aim of improving mental wellness amongst listeners and its volunteer staff. They currently broadcast via the Internet but will be applying for a Community FM licence for 2020. Bognor Institute of Laughter provide a vehicle for comedy writing and performance skills training to local people experiencing social isolation, often made worse by mental wellness problems. The Joe Strummer Foundation is a nationally known charity whose key aim is musical inclusion to anyone of any background but especially to those who are experiencing disadvantage because of mental health or social deprivation factors.

Using Radio Respect premises, training will start from April 2020, with event planning and organisation, social media skills and
necessary administrative guidance. As the project advances, a 2 Week radio programme schedule will be developed which incorporates the September Festival. This will highlight key people to interview, appropriate musical and comedy inputs and all necessary technical planning. During the Festival itself, there will be a dedicated Project Marquee situated next to the Regis Centre where Radio Respect will broadcast, carry out interviews and host the programming.

There will also be a small performance area in the marquee where the Bognor Institute of Laughter will perform specially written comedy performances which will be broadcast on the radio. The marquee will also stage a number of musical and instrument workshops for `hard to reach` people who would not normally take part or know about such events, so the project can be as inclusive as possible.

To get involved, in the first instance, please contact Roger, the festival director via



Musical Minds Marquee

Musical Minds events include the events listed below.
Do check back as more details will be added soon.

Saturday 18th September

12.00pm – 5.00pm Bognor Radio Respect + Bognor Institute Of Laughter + others

Performances at 2pm & 3pm: Hot Water is Extra!
A radio soap opera by Jeremy Towler
It’s 1959 and the residents of Bognor Regis are excitedly waiting the arrival of the new Butlins. But how will the existing guest houses cope when all their trade disappears?
And will plucky waitress Christine get her chance to become a Red Coat?
Making Theatre Gaining Skills present a spoof radio soap opera performed with live sound effects, hilarious local characters and plenty of cliff-hangers.

Sunday 19th September

12.00pm – 5.00pm Tonic Ska Choir + Bognor Radio Respect

The Tonic Ska Choir is an uplifting choir that provides opportunities for people to come together and sing covers of the biggest ska tunes.
The choir performs at gigs, festivals, rallies and events, as well as recording covers in a professional recording studio.
The Tonic Ska Choir was funded by The Specials through their Encore album launch at the 100 Club and the tour that followed.
Watch the choir on YouTube
More about Tonic Music.

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