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