Young people to get a taste of the arts in Fife

Jen Durie and Stephen Coetzee. Pic: FPA
Jen Durie and Stephen Coetzee. Pic: FPA
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Have your say

Young people across the Kingdom are being given the chance to take a bite out of the arts in Fife this October.

Those aged five to 25 are invited to have their say and help shape the arts in Fife for children and young people through the new Fife Youth Arts Hub.

To get things under way, the team will be taking their Take a Bite Tour around the Kingdom’s communities during the school holidays – and they want to meet, and hear from you. The tour involves a series of development and creative arts workshop days at venues across the region.

Jennifer Durie and Stephen Coetzee, local research and development project assistants, have been busy working behind the scenes on the project, finding out what art experiences are already available in Fife’s communities and what’s missing, but now is the chance for young people to say what they would like to see and be a part of it.

Jennifer explained: “This is the first opportunity for children and young people to really get involved in the Fife Youth Arts Hub. This is the exciting bit when we get to hear what children and young people would like.

“We want to tell them what’s going on and what the hub is about and then we want to get them involved and get their ideas. The idea behind this whole project is it’s all about them and we want to hear what they want.”

There is no cost for the Take a Bite Tour days and a free lunch is included. They run from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and are split into two – the morning is about gathering ideas, with an afternoon taster session run by a professional teaching artist.

“Depending how many people attend and the age of those taking part, the taster will be adapted to suit those involved,” she continued.

“The sessions are open to anyone whether they are already involved in the creative arts and there’s maybe something else they would like to try, or those who are not involved but would like to be in some way.”

The hub will be looking to incorporate as many aspects of music, drama, dance, musical theatre, visual or digital arts as possible. Jennifer added: “It’s about finding out what arts provision is available at the moment, what children and young people would like to do in future, and then work out a way to make that happen.

“The children and young people are the central part to the hub and we’re looking forward to hearing their ideas.”

To find out more and to register visit www.exploringfifeyoutharts.wordpress.com

Find a taster near you...

Monday, October 13 – Rio Community Centre, Newport-on-Tay (Musical Theatre)

Tuesday, October 14 – Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly (Dance and Physical Theatre)

Thursday, October 16 – Buckhaven Beehive, Buckhaven (Singing)

Friday, October 17 – Valleyfield Community Centre, Valleyfield (Singing)

Monday, October 20 – Inverkeithing High School, Inverkeithing (Musical Theatre)

Tuesday, October 21 – Cupar Corn Exchange, Cupar (Dance and Devised Drama)

Wednesday, October 22 – Rothes Halls, Glenrothes (Costume/set design/stage make up)

Thursday, October 23 – Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (Costume and stage make up)

A Scottish network of arts hubs

Earlier this year, Creative Scotland announced it was providing £3.1 million of funding to help boost youth arts provision across the country.

The funding – part of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy ‘Time to Shine’ – is being used to create a network of regional Youth Arts Hubs throughout Scotland, including Fife.

The hubs are being formed through partnerships between local and national arts and youth services providers to increase access to youth arts across a range of art forms.

Acting as focal points for regional youth arts delivery, the hubs will nurture and celebrate ambition, enthusiasm and talent in Scotland’s young people by improving the regional infrastructure.

Young people will be central to the decision making process and development of the Youth Arts Hubs.

Fife will have seven youth arts hub outlets located across the region – Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Cowdenbeath, Levenmouth, North East Fife and South West Fife – and there will be an eighth hub, a virtual digital outlet.

Youth Arts Hub partners include Fife Cultural Trust, Fife Council, Fife Youth Theatre, Anim8s, Caged Beastie, Fife College, Youth Music Theatre Scotland, Fife Film Crew, Starcatchers, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, All Or Nothing and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.