The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival is run by Heart N Soul, a charity that celebrates the talents of people living with learning disabilities. In its 30th year the festival took place at Royal Festival Hall featuring a number of musicians, DJs and performers.
Christopher, 23, performed his first public DJ set at the event in front of 2,000 people. He has been DJing for around two years, regularly taking part in a DJ workshop at the Langford Centre in Bexhill-on-sea, part of Bramley Health.
The workshop is run by Community Interest Company, Fresh Track, every Tuesday at the Langford Centre. Founder, Nick Carling creates and connects a number of learning disabled DJ groups across London and Sussex.
At the festival, Christopher played a range of R&B, Hip Hop and Pop music alongside fellow resident Ben Baker who acted as Christopher’s MC for the evening.
Rebecca Ponchard, Occupational Therapist at the Langford Centre, said: “The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival is such a fantastic event for our residents to attend and perform at. Christopher has shown such a passion and flair for DJing since he started a couple of years ago. The workshop and performance has helped build his confidence immensely, it is fantastic to see his development throughout the process.
“I must thank Nick, who runs Fast Track, for his work here at the Langford Centre, it is vital our residents experience engaging activities outside of their usual routine. Christopher and many of our other residents look forward to the workshop every week.”