Telford Dance Festival is an established cultural event that provides a platform for dynamic and exciting dance from local, regional, national and international performers. We created this event by working alongside a diverse team of professionals, school, community groups, volunteers and parents and now the event has become self sustaining packing the theatre for four consecutive nights, we can sit back and enjoy it along with the rest of the audience.
This inclusive festival provides a wonderful opportunity for young performers of all abilities to share billing with professional dance companies and the event is an important platform for nurturing and developing confidence, technical ability and performance skills.
The short highlights film above gives a flavour of the quality of the Telford Dance Festival.
Children in primary and secondary schools have to study War as part of their curriculum. Why not include Peace too? We would not want to replace the context of war on the curriculum but see a real opportunity to introduce a different perspective centred on the alternative to war -peace. This approach helps children relate the historical context to their own lives in the 21st Century. Thinking about conflict resolution and developing the skills they need to resolve conflict based on mutual trust, respect and understanding are useful additions to this curriculum topic.
Peace Picnics were established in the UK by Universal Learning and they give children and their communities the opportunity to celebrate and think about peace with wonderful creativity and delicious food! We provide inclusive stimulus for a half term topic or one day workshop ( and everything in between) to facilitate a ‘peace picnic’, an important life event that nourishes hearts, minds and souls.
Peace Picnics come in all shapes and sizes and we are featuring this recent project to illustrate how it can be done. Stanley Road Primary School, a wonderfully creative and inclusive outstanding school in Worcester invited their local community to celebrate peace and enjoy their creativity and delicious food.
Leading up to the event, children thought about peace and expressed their ideas with artistic installations and performances. The glorious sunshine provided a perfect landscape for community to come together and celebrate peace and diversity.
Watch this short film to get a flavour of what peace picnics are all about, you may be so inspired you will want to do your own peace picnic.
George Betts Primary Academy
The Mystical Woodland World Book Day Launch
The children of George Betts Primary Academy celebrated World Book Day with a very special contribution from their parents.The Mystical Woodland, a story created by the children as part of a whole school curriculum enrichment project, has been translated by parents and published in 12 languages so everyone in the school community can enjoy it.
The book for young children was launched with a live performance of the story acted out by children from Year 2. The story was read in English with the Russian translation read out by parent translator Ilona Puzirevska. All parents who translated the story were given a published copy of the book in their own language for them to read at home with their families.
World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading and marked in over 100 countries all over the world, it was wonderful for us to work with parents to enable them to enjoy reading the story in their own community language as part of the celebrations, and demonstrates our commitment to global citizenship and family engagement.
The books are available to download in all 12 languages from our website.
[blockquote align=”center”]It has been wonderful to see the children, staff and parents work together to create something they should be really proud of and we have all had a fantastic time on this innovative and rewarding project ”
Allan Shephard, Principal [/blockquote]
The Oakengates Theatre@The Place played host to two spectacular evenings of drama, showcasing a wonderful collection of short performances performed by local young people, emerging new acting talent and professional drama companies.
The very first Telford Drama festival proved to be an important addition to the cultural calender as well as an excellent opportunity for local young people to develop their drama skills and share their talent with the wider community in a theatre setting. Actor and storyteller Andy Hawkins supported all participating schools in the festival by running drama workshops to aid with performance skills and techniques. The festival culminated in an exciting and energetic evening, showcasing the best of young people from across Telford and Wrekin alongside professional drama companies and practitioners.
It was a pleasure to be part of Kingsland Primary School’s Alien Picnic on Friday that culminated in a spectacular balloon launch! We were very impressed by everyone’s efforts to dress like Aliens and we’d go as far as saying the costumes were out of this world.
The Picnic was a celebration of another successful year at the school with the exciting creative approach to learning, as ever, at the heart of the school. We enjoy working alongside the Staff to help inspire the children and encourage them to believe in themselves and to strive for their dreams.