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A festival with children and young people at its heart.


11-12/06 & 18-19/06

About Bright & Wild 

Bright & Wild is a festival with children and young people at its heart.  


Over two weekends in June, we will present four brand new films created in collaboration with Lyra’s Young Artists. These projects were commissioned by the Young Artists in 2020, and they have been working with their Lead Artists over the past 9 months creating and devising together. Originally imagined for the ‘in real life’ stage, the Lead and Young Artists have navigated challenge after challenge to bring these projects to life.


As well as the world premiere of each film, the festival programme includes exclusive post-show Q&As featuring members of the cast and creative team. Bright & Wild’s events will be hosted by our Culture Crew, who are a group of young people developing skills in creative industries at Lyra.  


The festival celebrates the end of the second year of an exciting 3-year project, funded by a National Lottery Community Fund Young Start grant.  

How to Book 

All of the screenings at Bright & Wild are FREE to attend and will be hosted ONLINE on Zoom.

When you book a ticket, you'll be sent an email confirmation. Prior to your chosen event(s) you will then receive a Zoom webinar link along with instructions on how to join the online event. 


Lyra has a strong commitment to accessibility and equality. If you require any support to engage with the Bright & Wild programme or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us. 

lyra@lyra.co.uk // 07517773790

The Programme - at a glance!

Friday 11 June 


19:00 – 20:30 

Double Bill: Star People Circus & 2020 Vision  

Saturday 12 June

11:00 – 12:30 

Double Bill: Star People Circus & 2020 Vision 


12:30 – 13:00 

Post Show Q&A 


17:00 – 18:30 

Double Bill: Star People Circus & 2020 Vision 

Friday 18 June 


19:00 – 20:30 

Double Bill: Music Box & Lyra’s Barrier Reef 


20:30 – 21:00 

Post-Show Q&A

Saturday 19 June  


11:00 – 12:30 

Double Bill: Music Box & Lyra Barrier Reef 


12:30 – 13:00 

Post Show Q&A 


17:00 – 18:30 

Double Bill: Music Box & Lyra Barrier Reef 


Star People Circus

Created by Kasia Sanak in collaboration with Wednesday Young Artists 

Friday 11th June, 19:00

Saturday 12th June, 11:00 & 17:00

Star People Circus is touring their show around the Universe. Their mission is to spread love and happiness in each cosmic place. One day their spaceship crashes and falls down to Earth. Will they manage to find the way back?


Join the Star People Circus in a world of circus magic and witness to acts by acrobats, magicians, clowns and learn the true power of friendship and togetherness!

2020 Vision

Created by Elspeth Chapman in collaboration with Thursday Young Artists 

Friday 11th June, 19:00

Saturday 12th June, 11:00 & 17:00

2020: what a year! What were your expectations going into 2020? How did that match up to reality? The cast of 2020 Vision will tell their story of what it's like to be a child during a pandemic.


'We expected that by 2020 there would be more robots and ALL humans would respect each other...' but we don't think this is reality just yet.

Lyra Barrier Reef

Created by Bridie Gane in collaboration with Youth Dance 

Friday 18th June, 19:00

Saturday 19th June, 11:00 & 17:00

Come and explore what’s under the sea! We’ll be scuba diving around Lyra’s very own reef, along the way we’ll meet some friendly dancing jellyfish, octopuses and starfish, but watch out for that shark! 


Witness an underwater fashion show and maybe even a deep-sea disco! Expect painful David Attenborough impressions, mesmerising sea weed dances, curious creatures and uplifting aquatic tunes.

Music Box

Created by Daniel Padden in collaboration with Youth Music 

Friday 18th June, 19:00

Saturday 19th June, 11:00 & 17:00

We're all within our own little boxes.

Music Box is a digital performance piece about how music is put together, even when we're all apart.


Watch how the members of Lyra Youth Music get inside the music, show us how it's made, and between them all, create something new.

Edinburgh International Children's Festival!


Lyra are delighted to be part of The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which takes place from 25 May to 6 June this year.

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​This year’s hybrid Festival consists of a digital programme and an outdoor programme presented over two weekends.

The digital programme has been created specifically for a digital environment with a mixture of streamed performances which you can watch at your leisure at any point during the Festival and innovative digital interactions presented live over Zoom at specific times.

​This year, the Festival programme also includes Family Encounters, a series of free pop-up artistic encounters, walkabout characters and sound trails happening in outdoor spaces across Edinburgh in the first and last weekend of the Festival.

The majority of the Family Encounters programme will take place in the stunning surroundings of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, as well as in site-specific venues including, Lyra!

Check out the full programme HERE

Take part in Alley Oop at Lyra!


As part of the festival's Family Encounters programme, Lyra will be hosting Alley Oop a unique outdoor workshop activity that uses dance and basketball, developed by Room 2 Manoeuvre’s Tony Mills and Hong Kong based Artist Yip Chan.

Ages: 6 – 16 years
Duration: 60 min workshop



Sat 29 May and Sat 5 June
10:30 (6-8 yrs)
12:15 (9-11 yrs)
14:45 (12-16 yrs)


Sun 30 May and Sun 6 June
10:30 (6-8 yrs)
12:15 (9-11 yrs)
14:45 (9-11 yrs)

Alley Oop is a fun energetic workshop activity that uses dance and basketball to explore what it takes to bounce back from a fall, leap into the unknown and whn the pressure is on, how we need to work together to make that slam dunk.


This unique activity will offer you the chance to learn the basics of basketball and hip hop/breakin’ and eventually discover how danceand sport can come together. Alley Oop will take place in an outdoor basketball court. Bring suitable clothes to move in and lots of energy!

For more information on how to book for Alley Oop, contact lyra@lyra.co.uk

Where We Are


Lyra are delighted to announce Where We Are, a brand new project!

The Project

Where We Are is a new creative initiative by Starcatchers, Imaginate and Lyra, encompassing a travelling ensemble, creative play, and participatory performance making, all co-designed with children and young people across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife.  


Supported by the Creative Scotland Youth Arts Targeted Fund, Where We Are will recruit up to 17 artists, practitioners, and production staff to engage over 6 months with refugee families, young mothers and babies and groups of children through a programme of inspirational artistic activity.  

In partnership with groups focused on tackling inequality, the organisations’ three distinct project strands will be informed by the wellbeing and needs of the children and young people involved.   

Lyra and Where We Are

The Lyra strand of Where We Are is centred around the creation of a new ensemble for young audiences in Greater Craigmillar, Edinburgh. The ensemble is made up of a team of two performers, designer, stage manager and trainee artist led by Lyra’s Artistic Director, Jo Timmins and supported by an Ensemble Facilitator. The ensemble will be based at Lyra’s home venue Artspace in Craigmillar and will work here and off-site, including outdoors, with and for children and young people throughout the community. As well as training together and creating new professional performances for young people to watch, the ensemble will work alongside local children and young people sharing their skills and supporting them to make their own work. 


The project partners will deliver a comprehensive training and development programme for the artistic team including anti-racism and trauma- informed child protection training, with opportunities to share artistic practices and project learning. We aim to create a supportive and shared experience across the whole project.  


Where We Are is all about connecting with children and young people through performance making, creative arts and play as we begin to look towards life beyond the pandemic.