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Young Artists


We are pleased to say that our Young Artists programme is continuing to take place online and our brilliant participants are working towards digital presentations which will be presented this June.


Would you or someone you know like to take part in our Young Artists programme?


Find out about our projects projects and how to sign up here.

We want to take this opportunity to thank every participant, their parents/carers, our partners, artists and the freelance team for their understanding and support during this time. 
Please keep up-to-date via our Facebook & Instagram pages, where you will find updates about the programme and company news!

​19th November 2020

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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

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.

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.   

Find out more about the opportunities to work with us on Where We Are here

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.