Branch Out Arts Festival

**An idea in the pipeline…**

Having been inspired by an arts centre that Sarah attended as a child she’s spent her career to date working in the arts, mainly on public engagement programmes for galleries, museums, arts centres, theatre companies and festivals and has been bitten by a really exciting bug.

Sarah feels passionately about access to the arts for all, and knows the joy that art can bring to people of all ages in addition to the horizon-shifting memorable experiences and valuable life skills that can be acquired through creative learning and engagement. Consequently, Sarah has a dream that the Hambleton area might host a magical weekend childrens’ arts festival where families can be inspired, sing, dance and create together in public places transformed into creative spaces. A weekend where families can be exposed to, and participate in, brilliant and breathtaking theatre, dance, music, literature, and art. A weekend that is both educational and inspirational, but most of all packed to the brim with fun arts events and activities that will offer children and their friends and families the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators.

Imagine if this festival were to turn into an annual event, with a different theme each year that would see artists placed in primary schools in the academic term leading up to the festival working with the teachers to create a project inspired by that theme. Under the guidance of the artist(s) the young people would then be able to produce something that they can then showcase at the festival alongside the professional artists’ productions. Just imagine… imagine the doors and possibilities that involvement in such an event would open up for young people living in rural North Yorkshire…

Hopefully this dream will come to life in the not too distant future…

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Mike and Ottilie

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