Photo of pupils at Lyppard Grange Primary School

31 pupils from Lyppard Grange Primary School have been getting creative this week, with artists imitating the dog as part of The Arches Worcester Festivals programme.

The workshop with the year 1 students will be used to create a brand-new piece of work, called Lilliput, that will be shared at Light Night Worcester 2021; providing a platform for young voices to re-imagine the city through their hopes and dreams. County Councillor Andy Roberts has donated some of his County Council divisional fund to support the workshop where pupils took part in drama activities to spark their imaginations before filming their own ideas in front of a green screen.

Photo of Lyppard Grange pupils going on an adventure with drama activities to spark imagination before filming
Lyppard Grange pupils going on an adventure with drama activities to spark imagination before filming

They were even able to redesign a Worcester building and stick it together to create their own miniature model of the Lilliput Light Night Worcester experience. Imitating the dog are one of four international and award-winning artists and organisations that have been selected to transform city centre buildings with their light projections created specifically for Light Night Worcester 2021. Audiences will be able to see Lilliput at Light Night Worcester 19-21 October 2021 in Worcester City Centre. The Arches Festivals are produced and managed by Severn Arts and are part of The Arches Worcester project – www.thearchesworcester.co.uk supported by DCMS’ Cultural Development Fund, administered by Arts Council England.

Laura Worsfold, CEO, Severn Arts said:“Providing creative opportunities for young people is a core part of what we do at Severn Arts. As well as this workshop, we will be sharing the Lilliput activity pack with Worcestershire schools, later this year, so that even more young people can be inspired by Light Night Worcester”

David Edmunds, Festivals Director, Severn Arts said: “Our festivals only come to life through our audiences, whether that is as instigators with our artists or participants. At the last Light Night Worcester this was through playing on the light-up see-saws or being part of Cirque Bijou’s Umbrella Project. Seeing their ideas projected larger than life as part of this year’s Light Night Worcester will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Lyppard Grange pupils.”

Simon Wainwright, Co-Artistic Director, Imitating the Dog said: “There is something special about working with a community to create a piece of work because light festivals are all about bringing communities together. Commissioning for specific light festivals is so important because there’s a difference between seeing a piece of work that has been at lots of festivals and seeing what’s been made for your town or your city.

Katherine Grindrod, Year 1 teacher, Lyppard Grange Primary School said:“At Lyppard Grange we embrace opportunities that help our children develop their creative skills in innovative ways. It is fantastic that The Arches Worcester Festivals are working with schools to provide exciting and new creative experiences. The children will love to see the results of their work projected in their local community during Light Night Worcester later this year.”

For further information please contact Stephanie Stanesby (Festivals Marketing Manager, Severn Arts) on s.stanesby@severnarts.org.uk or 07901 250703.

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