What? A project for 12-18 year olds to discover untold local history stories and bring them to life with award winning performance company Lyrix Organix through spoken word, music and visual arts.
When? A six week project taking place for 2 – 2.5hours after school once a week, beginning week commencing April 11th, culminating in a performance at the International Youth Arts Festival between the 8th and 17th July.
Where? To take place at the school either during an existing after school club or with a new group of interested students.
Cost? Free (Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards for All and Arts Council England).
Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival are looking for 5 secondary schools to work with on a heritage and arts project named Roots.
The aim of the project is to allow young people to learn how to discover untold stories by teaching heritage discovery skills through local history archive training and oral history training with leading provider On the Record. We will mainly be looking at quirky, individual, personal stories from the Kingston past as oppose to some of the larger well known pieces of history from the town.
The stories from the past that the young people discover will then be used in workshop sessions with award winning performance company Lyrix Organix who will help the young people bring these stories to life through spoken word, music and visual art (they are a very hip urban company with stages at Glastonbury etc).
The project has already been delivered as a pilot with three community groups and is now expanding to work with a further three community groups and five schools.
The project will culminate by bringing all the groups who have participated in the project together to create a final collective sharing taking form and shape as the project develops (it may be a performance/exhibition/immersive experience depending on the work the young people create). The performance will take place during the International Youth Arts Festival between the 8th and 17th July.
A breakdown of the sessions are outlined below:
- Session 1
Inspire & Archive session – pick objects & Stories, performance from Lyrix Organix and discussions around which art forms to work in. Run by Lyrix Organix and On the Record.
- Session 2
Further exploration of objects and stories with input from Kingston Museum’s object handling collection. Start to turn objects and stories into performance. Run by Lyrix Organix and On the Record.
- Session 3
Interviewing / Oral history session and workshops in how to turn interviews into performance. Run by Lyrix Organix and On the Record.
- Session 4
Creative performance workshop with Lyrix Organix.
- Session 5
Creative performance Workshop with Lyrix Organix.
- Session 6
Creative performance workshop with Lyrix Organix Performance sharing to family / friends.
- Session 7
Creative Session with all 12 groups to create final performance.
- Session 8
Final performance and sharing at International Youth Arts Festival.
If you would like your school to be involved with this project please contact the Project Manager, Aniela Zaba on email@example.com or on 020 8549 2120