All We Can partners with local communities so that they are their own heroes at Creation Fest

11 July 2023

Creation Fest is a free Christian festival gathering from 3 to 6 August 2023 at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre. All We Can have a stand to promote their partnership with local communities to together, find solutions to poverty.

At the core of Creation Fest are worship and music with artists such as Josh Garrels, Orphan No More, Philippa Hanna, Moses Brothers, Rich and Lydia Dicas, Zach and Abby Vestnys, Josh Curnow and Our Atlantic Roots. This year’s theme is Rhythm of Faith, interrogating what it means to walk in rhythms of faith every day. International speakers and communicators – such as Amy Orr-Ewing, Josh White, Glen Scrivener and Tim Chaddick – will explore what it looks like to live with faith in the twenty-first century.

The festival is very family oriented with activities for everyone, including seminars, a gaming centre, an escape room and a skate park with people doing demonstrations and times for everyone to join and enjoy. They even have a marketplace with over 40 stands of charities, bookshops, retailers and other organisations. The festival runs over four days, if the entrance and parking are free, it is not the case for the camping area.

All We Can will have a stand in the marketplace, next to the worship venue. All We Can is an international development and relief organization, working to see every person’s potential fulfilled. Focusing on those in greatest need, it is rooted in Christian principles and is an integral part of the Methodist family.

At the core of their mission is working through partnership alongside global neighbours most impacted by disasters, poverty and injustice to enable flourishing and resilient communities.

All We Can’s role is to build relationships that support communities in fulfilling their own potential. One of their projects – impersonated by a superhero cape – aims to change people’s and communities’ perspectives and promoting locally-led development.

They will bring a tandem bike to model the way they partner with local communities to ‘do development differently’. The tandem illustrates communities being in the driving seat. “The bike is here to intrigue people and entice them to come and have a chat with us. Because there is a skate park, we decided to bring a BMX tandem!” says Victoria Hill, Engagement Officer – South. They work with people in vulnerable and excluded communities, in the lowest-income countries, and have developed a reputation for doing development differently – pioneering sustainable, locally-owned solutions where communities lead. “What we would like is working with local sustainable partners for 10 to 15 years and investing in people investing in systems, until we can withdraw from the partnership. Come talk to us and find out what it is about,” adds Victoria.