Imaginate’s New Project Creative Encounters to Be Led by Children

 Imaginate is Scotland’ national organisation that promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people and produces the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (EICF). It has been involved in a 3-year project in partnership with North Edinburgh Arts that will focus on children’s rights, placing them at the heart of the creative process and decision making for the first time.

In the first year, children from Forthview Primary School in Edinburg’s Pilton area will work closely with artists to co-create a new performance, which will be presented first of all in their local community and then at the EICF Family Encounters day at the National Museum. The performance will give a central role to children’s ideas, interests and voices.

The project aims to develop children’s confidence and creativity. Young people will be involved as collaborators from the beginning of the project, from the commissioning process through to the creation of professional theatre or dance performances. Creative Encounters is focused on the incorporation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and how this important document can expand our relationship and work with children and young people.

Deputy Head Teacher at Forthview Primary Gill Foster said “Forthview are absolutely delighted for the opportunity to work with Imaginate on this project. Seeing our pupils leading the project is so important as their voices need to be heard and having childrens rights at the core of the project will also elevates the school community’s understanding of the importance of these rights.”

The project is supported by Baillie Gifford and the PLaCE fund.

Philanthropy Manager, Baillie Gifford Sam Pattman said “We’re delighted to support Creative Encounters, as we seek to support innovative projects that will have a long-term impact on communities or society. Placing children’s ideas and voices at the centre of its process will not only develop the potential of its young participants, but it will also have a wider impact on the cultural sector. We look forward to this exciting journey.”

Irene Brown

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