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Opportunities at Lyra

Call out to Artists, Makers and Performance Companies:
Opportunities to collaborate on Lyra’s 2024/25 Season

Lyra is delighted to announce a number of exciting opportunities for artists, makers and performance companies to collaborate with Lyra’s Young Artists and Crew on our upcoming 2024/25 Season.

About the 24/25 Season - Into the Night 


For the 2024/25 season, Lyra’s Young Artists have chosen to bravely step ‘Into the Night’, exploring possibilities for adventure after the lights go out. Traditionally a time when all good children are safely tucked up in bed, the after-hours offer a rich playground for artistic enquiry.  


We are excited about real life sleepovers, midnight feasts, bedtime stories by campfire and the monster under the bed. We dream of pop-up pillow fights, taking audiences to the moon, all night concerts, the terror of ghost stories and staying up until dawn. We see lantern trails through Craigmillar, shadows by torchlight and an entire audience gazing up at the stars.  

The children and teenagers at Lyra love different styles of performance from installation, promenade and gig-theatre todance-theatre, plays and more. However, whatever the form or idea, we are looking for proposals that push the boundaries of performance made with children, that push the possibilities of our theme and that tap into the thrill of staying up past your bedtime.  


Production shot of Learning to Dance in the Rain by Niamh O'Loughlin commissioned by and created with Youth Dance for Bright & Wild 2024. Image by Andrew Perry. 

The Opportunities:

  • Bright & Wild 24 - Artist Commissions x 3


​We are looking to commission three experienced Artists to create three new artworks for Lyra’s annual festival, Bright & Wild. The commissions will be selected by and created in collaboration with the children taking part in Lyra’s Young Artists groups. There are three commissions available:


1. Performing Arts Commission (ages 7-9) - HOW TO APPLY

2. Performing Arts Commission (ages 9-11) - HOW TO APPLY

Artists from any live performance background can apply for the performing arts commissions, including dance, parkour, music, circus, installation, theatre, storytelling, live art, moving image and more.


The Artists selected by our Performing Arts and Dance groups will lead weekly sessions from October 24 – June 25.

Follow the link(s) above for more information on How to Apply. The deadline is Wednesday 28 August 2024 at midday.  

3. Youth Music Commission (ages 8-11) - Applications open in September 2024.


The Artist selected by Youth Music will lead weekly sessions from January 25 – June 25. Applications for the Youth Music commission will open in September 2024.

  • Present Your Show at Lyra

Lyra’s Crew are looking for professional tour-ready shows to programme at Artspace in February, March and April 2025.

The Crew are a group of teens who work side-by-side with the Lyra team to programme and host the performances at Artspace. Each year they are given a budget to programme professional work, and they want to hear from performance companies with tour-ready shows!


Their next programming meeting will be in November 2023.To be considered by the Culture Crew at this meeting, please send your pitch to by Monday 21 October.


Follow this link for more on What to Include in Your Pitch

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