Going for a Song 2015

Going for a Song 2015

Community outreach

A priority in Cheltenham Festivals’ long-term strategic plan is to make the Festivals more accessible to local communities, particularly those that we know are less likely to engage with local arts and cultural activities. One of the ways we aim to achieve this is through a cross-arts, intergenerational project over three years in the Hesters Way area of Cheltenham; the project has been planned in consultation with groups and individuals who live and work there.

Phase 2: A Way with Words

A Way with Words was the second phase of Cheltenham Festivals’ three-year community project in Cheltenham West. It was a cross-arts, multi-generational project with a focus on gathering and sharing local people’s stories, reminiscences and opinions. The material gathered was then re-interpreted and shared in a public performance as part of Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016, using different performance media. For more information click here.

Click to read: A Way With Words: Q&A with Pip Claridge, Education Manager

Phase 3

Using some of the material from A Way with Words, this phase will feature an original libretto and music, and a local cast. Check back here later in the year for more news.

What you’ve missed

Phase 1: Going for a Song

This was a site-specific song-writing project that took place in 2015 and culminated in performances in Hesters Way and at the Music Festival. Find out how it went and what the participants thought, and have a look at the songbook, here.