Summer programme aims to keep young people active

An Acrobalance Pyramid is created under the watchful eye of Ruaraidh Milne, left
An Acrobalance Pyramid is created under the watchful eye of Ruaraidh Milne.

CREATIVE YOUNGSTERS ARE enjoying a programme of sparkling activity taking part in the IGNITE: Moray Youth Arts Hub’s summer programme.

This week a five-day programme is already under way having begun on Monday with the final workshops continuing through until Friday.

Classes include parkour and acrobalance workshops in the Forres House Community Centre – where local performance arts specialist Ruaraidh Milne has been leading the way. Each day two classes are being run, one in the morning for those aged 8-12 years and the second in the afternoon for those aged 13-18 years.

Gill Bird, the Programme Coordinator, attended the first day and told insideMoray: “Over a dozen young people learned about parkour moves and created balancing pyramids with up to six people.

“There was plenty of fun and laughter had along with learning about how to move and perform safely.”

Throughout the week a range of skills will be taught including hula hoop, stage fighting, juggling and even having a go on pedal gos and clowning around.

Looking ahead in the creative programme, Moray based band Be Like Pablo will be inviting youngsters along to help learn about making music videos on Wednesday July 13 and July 20 with participants being given the opportunity to help create and appear in the band’s next video.

Each workshop will be held 2-3pm in Forres House Community Centre and will give the opportunity for young creatives to get involved with lighting, cinematography, set design, make-up and styling.

Also on a musical note, aspiring musicians who play flute, fiddle, guitar, drums, bagpipes and other traditional instruments can get immersed into a four-day intensive workshop with Charlie Mackerron and Electrolabs to create an Electric Ceilidh piece of music.

Gill explained the workshop would “mix the traditional sounds of Ceilidh music with Electirc mixing decks to create a modern Ceilidh anthem.”

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for musician aged 14-18 to work with professionals and explore new sounds and ways of music production. Those who take part will also have the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Speyfest in Fochabers and the Findhorn Bay Festival in Forres.”

The Electric Ceilidh workshop will run from Monday July 25 to Thursday July 28, 10-4pm at Baxters Highland Village. To book a place on this course or any of the other IGNITE summer activities please contact Gill Bird on 01309 673137 or email