Castlebrae teams up with Edinburgh International Festival

The City of Edinburgh Council is working with the Edinburgh International Festival to create a three year arts residency in Castlebrae Community High School from 2015 until the end of 2017.

Castlebrae High School and EIF 2015
Castlebrae High School and EIF 2015

Launched today (23 March) in the school artroom, the residency will give pupils and staff the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities with artists in the school.

It will also provide access to a programme of workshops at The Hub (the Festival’s Headquarters) and performances during August.

From Castlebrae with Love will be a film and music project inspired by King Creosote’s popular From Scotland with LoveOther activities include the Festival’s Art of Listening project, currently being researched and documented by Harvard University, where young people develop their listening and interpretation skills. 

Soul Boxes explores and supports significant moments in the pupils’ lives through creating their own visual arts project. Pupils will also interact and affect the lives of those at the Festival, both staff and audiences, by creating a striking installation at the Festival’s Hub and joining the team for periods of work experience.

Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice Convener of Education at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I’m delighted that the EIF have linked up with Castlebrae Community High School for this unique project. The three year residency really will give the pupils a chance to be creative and inspire them. It’s not often a school gets such a fantastic opportunity to tap into such international artistic talent and I’m sure it will spark the pupils into expressing themselves in a way they had never thought possible. I’m really looking forward to seeing the final version of the film in August."

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s new Festivals and Events Champion, said: "The Edinburgh International Festival bursts into life every August, but so much inspiring work actually takes place year-round at home in Edinburgh. It has an international reputation but this is also the city’s festival and it is crucial that local communities and younger generations can get involved as well as visitors from all over the world. School children are Edinburgh’s future performers, directors and festival-makers."

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director added: "This is a really exciting development of the year round work the Festival does in schools across the city. Through our work with Castlebrae Community High School we hope to demonstrate how the arts and creative approaches can help to support schools in a practical way and improve perceptions of the school in its community. The future of the Festival and the arts is in the hands of young people, we have to get out and make ourselves part of their everyday lives and expectation."

The Edinburgh International Festival 2015 is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. It will run between 7-31 August 2015. You can find out more about the festival and the programme by visiting the Festival website.

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