School’s out – so ‘Ignite’ aims to spark young minds

Arts & Crafts activities throughout Moray (© John Cudworth)
Arts & Crafts activities throughout Moray (© John Cudworth)

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES are being offered throughout Moray thanks to a partnership between several local groups.

The summer programme of free creative activities for young people is part of ‘Ignite: Moray Youth Arts Project’ – a partnership involving the Findhorn Bay Arts, Keith Loft Youth Project, Elgin Youth Café and the Moray Council.

A number of additional arts partners will also take part in the project running throughout July and August, presenting a jam-packed schedule of creative workshops and projects.

Some of the free activities on offer to young people aged 12-24 include a fascinating range of workshops taking place in Forres, focusing on activities including pinhole photography, lantern making, stage fighting and circus skills, plus acrobatics and parkour – also known as ‘free running’.

In Elgin, Forres and Keith, young people will have the opportunity to make their own pop music videos with Eden Court and Electrolabs, while Bodysurf Scotland will ignite taster dance workshops as part of their ‘Everybody Dance Now’ programme.

Out of the Darkness Theatre Company will be facilitating workshops with actors, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers and more as part of their ‘My Rural, My Space’ project, which explores the rural identities of the people of Moray.

For the 0-12 age group, Earthtime are curating a summer programme of arts and environmental activities in Abelour, Dyke, Findhorn, Spey Bay and Tomintoul.

Many of the outputs from the summer programme will be showcased on Saturday, September 26 at the Culture Day in Forres town centre, including music and visuals produced by Keith Loft Youth Project and Electrolabs for the Wee Fat Ceilidh, which will take place at the event.

Holly Hendry, a Youth Worker at Keith Loft Youth Project, said: “It’s fantastic to have such a range of arts activities taking place this summer and to be able to offer these opportunities to a real mix of young people.”

Ignite: Moray Youth Arts Hub is one of nine hubs established across the country as part of ‘Time to Shine’, Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy which is administered by Creative Scotland.

For those wishing to get involved, full details of the summer programme can be found on the Ignite: Moray Youth Arts Hub website.