Festival project inspires new generation

Hundreds of Shropshire primary schoolchildren are set to learn new music and dance skills in an education project being delivered by one of the country’s leading folk festivals.

Professional dancers will deliver workshops at Chirbury, Gobowen and Shrewsbury’s St George’s Junior and Radbrook schools as part of Shrewsbury Folk Festival’s Room for All project, which aims to promote cultural diversity and introduce a new audience to different music and dance traditions.

Children will create performances blending Kathak, a form of Indian movement, with contemporary dance, and teachers will be able to take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions.

Project manager Joy Lamont says, “Promoting cultural diversity and understanding through the arts is very important and Room for All is providing high quality and multicultural arts activities to schools and young people that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them.”

The 2018 festival runs from August 24 to 27 and tickets are available at shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.

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