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May 2024

17/05-18/05 and 

24/05-25/05

Bright & Wild 2024

About the Festival

 

This Spring Lyra presents Bright & Wild 2024 - a festival with children and teens at its heart. 

Over two weekends in May, we will showcase four new shows created in collaboration with Lyra's Young Artists. These productions were commissioned by the children themselves, and they've been collaborating with their adult Artists over the past nine months, devising and creating together. 

This year's theme, 'FACE THE DRAGON' response to the monumental changes that children and teens have faced in recent years. From dancing in the rain to grappling with AI technology, join the Young Artists as they explore the many facets of change with fire in their hearts!

The festival is produced and hosted by Lyra's teenage Culture Crew. 

Check out the programme below... 

How to Book

 

All performances are FREE to attend, but booking is essential! 

 

Or Call/Text 07517 773 780

 

Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

The Festival Venue 

 

This year's performances will all be presented at Lyra’s venue Artspace (11 Harewood Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4NT)

This is where to find us

The venue is accessible by wheelchair and we have two wheelchair spaces available per performance. There is a ramp at the entrance to Artspace, the studio is on the ground floor and the theatre is on the first floor. The theatre is accessible by lift. 

The Programme - at a glance!

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FRI 17 May, 6pm 

Double Bill:

How to Find a Dragon by Geraldine Heaney, Kerry Cleland and Katy Wilson with the Wednesday Young Artists in association with Sprog Rock 

AI+U by Adam Rosa with the Thursday Young Artists 

SAT 18 May, 2pm & 6pm

Double Bill:

How to Find a Dragon by Geraldine Heaney, Kerry Cleland and Katy Wilson with the Wednesday Young Artists in association with Sprog Rock 

AI+U by Adam Rosa with the Thursday Young Artists 

FRI 24 May, 7pm 

Double Bill:

Warm, Cold and In-between by Tenzin Stephen with Youth Music

Learning to Dance in the Rain by Niamh O'Loughlin with Youth Dance 

 

 

 

SAT 25 May, 3pm* & 7pm

Double Bill:

Warm, Cold and In-between by Tenzin Stephen with Youth Music

Learning to Dance in the Rain by Niamh O'Loughlin with Youth Dance 

*There will be a post-show Q&A after the matinee performances on Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 May 

The Q&A for anyone that's interested in learning more about Lyra and the making of the Bright & Wild festival. Maybe you're an Artist that would like to collaborate with the Young Artists? Come along and find out about Lyra's unique, child-led approach. 

Image by Geraldine Heaney

How to Find a Dragon

by Geraldine Heaney, Kerry Cleland and Katy Wilson with the Wednesday Young Artists in association with Sprog Rock 

Friday 17 May, 6pm

Saturday 18 May, 2pm & 6pm

Venue: Lyra (Artspace)

 

"It's hard to hide a dragon, it's not hard to find a dragon!"

Wednesday Young Artists invite you to join them on an adventure to go looking for a dragon. A

 

udiences can expect live performance, the world premiere of a new music video by Sprog Rock and maybe a dragon sighting... watch out for its fire breath!

AI + U

Created by Adam Rosa with the Thursday Young Artists 

Friday 17 May, 6pm

Saturday 18 May, 2pm & 6pm

Venue: Lyra (Artspace)

 

Dragon Tech, in association with Lyra and the Bright & Wild festival, invites you to experience A.I + U!

A.I. + U is an interactive peek into the innovative world of artificial intelligence. 

What is A.I.? How will A.I. change your life? Will you make a new robot friend? Could A.I. do you job one day? 

The friendly folk at Dragon Tech have the answers. Come face to face with your future at AI + U - your tomorrow, today! 

Image by Andrew Perry

Image by Andrew Perry

Warm, Cold and In-between

Created by Tenzin Stephen with Youth Music

 

Friday 24 May, 7pm

Saturday 25 May, 3pm & 7pm

 

Venue: Artspace

 

The infinite cycle of the seasons brings constant change throughout our live and is the framework within which we all live. Warm, Cold and In-between features original music inspired by the changes that come with each season, and how this affects our young musicians. 

Will they remain in this cycle, like a dragon chasing its own tail, or will they break free? 

Learning to Dance in the Rain 

Created by Niamh O'Loughlin with Youth Dance 

 

Friday 24 May, 7pm

Saturday 25 May, 3pm & 7pm

 

Venue: Artspace

 

Learning to Dance in the Rain is an exploration of confidence, resilience, overcoming challenges and of course, the Scottish weather!

 

The weather can be unique, epic, surprising and dynamic, just as dance can be. We dance in the ever-changing climate. We dance in the present.

 

We dance with the wind in our face and the clouds overhead. 

Image by Andrew Perry

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