Increasing accessibility through long-term creative projects.
Phase 4: Community Opera Legacy
We will continue working with the year 3 class at St Thomas More Primary School that took part in Across the Sky for a further three years through a series of long-term cross-arts participation projects, culminating in performances in at least one Festival each year. The project will be developed in consultation with the school and the children’s parents with the aim of transforming attitudes and behaviours towards culture. The Local Vocals community choir is also carrying on under Gina Baker’s leadership. Look out for performances from them at this year’s Festivals – and elsewhere.
Phase 3: Community Opera
Our Community Opera, Across the Sky, was a great success. Bringing an inspirational creative team together with primary and secondary schools in West Cheltenham and newly-established community choir Local Vocals to co-create an original opera was an incredible experience for everyone involved. For more information and evaluation, head to our Community Opera page.
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.
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.