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My Stand For The Earth

“In 2019, I was arrested as part of the October XR rebellion outside Whitehall. It was the day before my birthday. I didn’t particularly want to be arrested and I have mixed feelings about the efficacy of it as a way of protest but I felt out of options.

I’ve stood for the Green Party several times, marched, shouted, signed petitions and done some stuff; probably not enough. I often feel like I am the conscience at work and the voice of doom around climate and our behaviours. To be clear: I do not always practise what I preach, definitely not. But having some awareness of it makes for uncomfortable living.”


Since 2019, I have been lucky enough to be working with a brilliant group of young climate activists from Gloucester. I met this group of striking young climate activists shouting in the streets.

They are a small group of extraordinary young people aged 14-18. Protesting with banners and their voices and shouting for their future with words of wisdom and speeches beautifully crafted that would put many  politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.

We offered them some office space to hold their meetings in and two years later we have co-created a new live show with them co-written by them and writer/director Anna Himali Howard.

It feels more meaningful to me than being arrested and a better use of my skills. It’s going on tour in October/November this year and we’re all coming up to COP 26 to perform the show and be present for the conference.

I stand for what I stand on is a live show performed by four young climate activists from Gloucester and a global digital cast. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design. Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I stand for what I stand on share’s the young international casts’ thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

Here’s a link to a trailer from the scratch performance from last year.

I read the final draft on a train journey this week and I laughed out loud and cried. I’m proud of lots of the work that I have been involved in but this is maybe the one I’m most proud of.


Apart from helping make this brilliant show, I’m not sure what else? What else to do and who else to talk to. I know that there is loads of brilliant stuff going on and I don’t want us to reinvent the wheel.

We’d like to connect with other artists/arts organisations/people in Glasgow when we’re up there. People who are thinking about their work, young people, co-creation, the climate emergency and actually what the fuck do we do?

We had three brilliant away days at Strike A Light last week and we started talking about our response to the climate emergency. Frankly it was uncomfortable. Not because we don’t care – we do – but it’s overwhelming and scary and loaded with bombshells.

One of our producers said that “it feels like posh white people talk about it and it annoys me; I know that it shouldn’t but it does”.

I am definitely one of those ‘posh white people’ and I get it. I get it can be annoying and seriously depressing. At the end of the session it was suggested that we did something to cheer us all up. I said that maybe it was ok to sit with discomfort; it’s real.

We also all agreed that we felt passionately about I stand for what I stand on and the support that we want to give to the brave young people who have made this show and literally feel that they are fighting for their future. That did cheer us up.

So in summary; I don’t have any answers. I feel sad and frustrated a lot of the time. I’m bursting with pride that we have genuinely co-created a performance with some amazing young people. We’d love to meet up with you in Glasgow if you’re there. Maybe organise an event, have a conversation, share some ideas, cry together but essentially be together in this, be a community.

I’ve lifted some text from I stand for what I stand on. It says it so much better than I can.

Everyone in their lives inevitably runs into something that they can’t deal with alone, or faces an issue that is affecting many people…We realised that climate change is not an isolated issue, there are so many other factors that contribute to how heavily you are affected by it, like social class, race, gender, age. In order to tackle climate change there are so many other issues that simultaneously need to be addressed. You as individuals may have interests and goals too, issues you care about that you’d love to take action on, but on your own you don’t know where to start. You need to make connections and find people who share the same view, or even convince someone to change theirs.

A community allows you to give and receive care, to look after one another and to have people to rely on. We need these local and global communities to be stronger than ever as we face the impacts of the climate crisis. Living life only doing things for yourself is difficult and needless, and the world would be such a better place if we all communicated more and cared for each other.”

A personal response from Sarah Blowers (Co-Artistic Director)

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Zine Artist Call Out

Strike A Light are seeking an artist to create a ZINE sharing the story of the making of and impact of our new show I stand for what I stand on.

🔥 Create a Zine
🔥 £1500 set fee
🔥 Immediate start

I stand for what I stand on is a live show performed by four young climate activists from Gloucester and a global digital cast. It is touring nationally in October/ November 2021. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design. Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs,

I stand for what I stand on shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

Why a zine?

At Strike a Light we are thinking about how we evaluate our work and want to think about how we embed artists in that process. We want to have something that we can share with others that charts the process and tells the story of a project from an artist’s perspective.

What are we looking for?

An experienced zine maker, who can work independently and ideally has some knowledge of the climate emergency and why young people are rising up and speaking out.

We would like someone to attend some rehearsals as an onlooker, attend the show, speak to the cast, speak to some audience members and create a zine that we can share with funders, arts organisations and the public that tells the story of how this show was made and what impact it has had.

When is this happening?

We are looking for someone to make an immediate start! Rehearsals are taking place 6, 7, 8 October with the tour taking place throughout October (You will need to attend some of the rehearsals and one performance on the tour).

We have a set fee of £1500 for this role.

How do I apply?

Please send examples of your work to Sarah Blowers at hello@strikealightfestival.org.uk by Wednesday 29 September.

If you’ve got any questions please get in touch.

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‘I Stand For What I Stand On’: the tour

Feeling dismayed about the state of the world? Need a top-up on hope in the face of rapid climate change? These 4 brilliant Gloucester teenagers will give you a fresh sense of optimism.

👀 Come watch
👏 Show your support
🎧 Hear their take
💪 Get fired up
🌍 Maybe save the world?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – ‘inspiring’ (Epigram)

What to expect

I Stand For What I Stand On features a live cast of 4 young climate strikers from Gloucester and a digital cast of global young activists. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design.

Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and ABBA, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I Stand For What I Stand On shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

This show was extraordinary! It was moving and inspiring. I’m so proud of this work and these young people

Audience member

The show is fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Age Guidance: 14+
Running time: 60 minutes

Such important work and some really moving moments

Viv Gordon, theatremaker

The biggest ever congratulations!! That was so incredible – we’re absolutely blown away and so grateful that it was live streamed so we could watch it!

Audience member

That was so, so powerful, thank you so much

Hetty Hodgson, theatremaker

The background

In 2019, Strike A Light met a group of striking young climate activists from Gloucester, shouting in the streets.

They were a small group of extraordinary young people aged 14-18. Protesting with banners and their voices. Shouting for their future and shouting in the wind. Shouting to survive. Shouting words of wisdom and shouting beautifully crafted speeches that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.

Strike A Light offered them some office space to hold their meetings and two years later, co-created a new live show with them. I Stand For What I Stand On is that show.

Tour dates

📍 Tobacco Factory, Bristol
🗓 13 Oct, 8pm

📍 Guildhall, Gloucester
🗓 27 Oct, 7.30pm

📍 COP26, Glasgow
🗓 5 Nov

📍 Warwick Arts Centre
🗓 Sun 7 Nov, 6.15pm

📍 The Pleasance Theatre, London
🗓 Sun 14 Nov, 4pm

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Artist callout: paid project in Gloucester

The brief
• £5,500 fee
• 36 days spread over 1 year
• For an embedded artist to work with residents in Westgate Street, Gloucester
• Application deadline: 31 October 2021

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about the role
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how to apply

What are we looking for?

A brilliant artist to embed in the Westgate Street community in Gloucester, finding and amplifying stories in the area.

You’ll work alongside residents, a community producer and a local artist to uncover the stories of Westgate Street – historic, social and lived – to celebrate the role and importance of this historic area.

We want you to listen and respond to the needs of the community, and to engage and inspire people through the arts.

Who should apply?

This project will be a good fit for you if you:

  • work in artforms that are well-suited to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • have a clear idea of who your work speaks to, is for or is created with
  • are interested in working with communities as part of your work
  • work in a self-directed way, create your own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice
  • have something to say – and particularly if you are are under-heard or under-represented in the industry
  • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with your own ethos, values and way of working

Details and FAQs

What’s the project that this role is part of?

You’ll be working as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (!) project in Gloucester – basically, an effort to revitalise the Westgate area of the city through its heritage.

Westgate is one of the oldest and best preserved areas of Gloucester and the main commercial route linking the cathedral to the rest of the city. One of four original Roman routes, Westgate links the spectacular medieval cathedral to the rest of the city. Its array of stunning historic buildings includes the 15th century timber-framed Fleece Inn and Judges’ Lodgings. 

Following a successful bid to Historic England, a local consortium of organisations – Cathedral Quarter Gloucester (CQG) – is developing and delivering schemes transforming and restoring disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces, restoring local historic character and improving public spaces.

The residency programme has been established as part of High Street Heritage Action Zone programme to increase the range and number of Gloucester residents engaging with artistic and creative activities inspired by the heritage of the area.

Westgate Street, Gloucester

How long is the contract for?

You’ll spend 36 days on this project, starting as soon as possible after November 2021 and running over the course of a year. 

It’s up to you exactly how this time is spent. It could be 1 day a week or be more concentrated over particular months or around activities you plan.

What’s the fee?

£5,500

All staff working on the project – the artist in residence, local artist, community producer etc – will be paid at the same rate.

We have a budget of £2,000 to support any events or activities you might want to organise. There will also be additional budget from the wider project that may be made available to you – exact amounts and details are yet to be agreed.


What do you want me to make? 

There are no specific outcomes that have been decided. You don’t have to do a specific number of projects or shows and can choose how you create with the community. 

How do you want me to work?

In a co-created way that shifts the balance of power and listens and responds to the needs of the community.

The Cathedral Quarter HQ, a former shop unit at 21 Westgate Street, will be available as a base for you to work from and there are other community spaces within the zone that can be utilised for activities and events such as ‘The Folk of Gloucester’ building.

What outcomes are you hoping for? 

We would love to see:

  • you as an artist get to make something that you’re excited about and proud of!
  • residents – including those who have not engaged with the work of Strike A Light before and who are not regular arts attenders – are excited about the project
  • local communities engage with Westgate and celebrate the role and importance of this historic area
  • you using your knowledge and creativity to make the best use of pop-up cultural spaces on Westgate, contributing to the increase in the footfall
  • Westgate residents building civic pride, better wellbeing, more confidence and new skills
  • work happening in partnership with local organisations and across different disciplines (arts, heritage, regeneration, communities, economic development)

Who will I be working with

Most importantly, the community of Westgate Street in Gloucester.

Many of the people you’ll be working with are adults in challenging situations, or with additional needs – so it’s important that you’re able to work in a way that’s suitable to their circumstances.

Of course, there are lots of different groups you might want to connect with – such as elderly residents, or local independent businesses. If you want to understand more about the area and the people you might want to include in your work, get in touch with us and we’ll happily chat things through with you.

You’ll also collaborate with the Community Producer and a local artist. They’ll work alongside you, providing additional capacity, local knowledge and their own practice.

What do you mean by a Community Producer?

A Community Producer is a local resident willing to take on paid creative and organisational tasks regarding the co-creational activities. The Community Producer initiates and delivers creative projects in collaboration with the local community and with professional support from SAL.

What do you mean by a local artist?

Just what it sounds like! A creative practitioner based in or near Gloucester. Of course, both residency roles can absolutely be for local artists – but we have made sure that at least one is ringfenced specifically for practitioners based in or near Gloucester.


If you have more questions, please contact our producer Milan Govedarica: producer@strikealightfestival.org.uk 


How to apply

We think carefully about how our application processes work. There are two things that are really important to us in this one:

  1. we want to make job applications better for artists – easier to do, fairer and less stressful!
  2. we want to devolve decision-making power over to the residents and communities who you’ll be working with

We have tried to create this recruitment process with that in mind:

Stage 1: written application

Simply tell us: 

  • Very briefly about you, your work and the way you like to work
  • Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  • What interests you about the Westgate Street residency? 
  • Your proposed approach and what might you offer local residents during your time in Gloucester?

And send us 3 links to your work – this could be a website, gallery or video.

Share your answers and links with us in:

  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Maximum 6 minute video or audio file 

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

Stage 2: a day in Gloucester (paid)

3 artists will be selected for Stage 2: a paid invitation to spend a day in Gloucester walking, talking and eating with residents and partners.

If you are selected for stage 2, you will:

  1. Arrive on the previous evening or first thing in the morning
  2. Get a tour of the area
  3. Meet key partners and have a conversation about the project and about Gloucester
  4. Meet community members and talk about you, the way you work and your ideas for the residency. You’ll eat food together and exchange ideas.

We’ll pay you for your time: £250, plus overnight accommodation and £100 toward travel.

This will take place 16-18 November 2021.

If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch to arrange this.


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Joined Up 2: South West Co-creators get together

Joined Up 2: South West Co-creators get together.
A meeting for artists, practitioners and organisations who are co-creating in the South West to meet one another, share practice and shape a network.

Last year nearly 100 people from across the South West met and talked about what co-creation is and what a South West network for co-creation could look like. 

If you want to catch up on what happened at the first meeting you can watch the recording.

The number 1 thing people wanted was a chance to share practice, learn about each other’s projects and meet others who are co-creating. Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and Strike A Light invite you to do just that.

The event will be an opportunity to:

  • Find out who else is actively working on co-creation in the South West
  • Hear about different projects
  • Have more in depth conversations sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Develop the ideas suggested at the last event for what a SW network could look like

This online event is for anyone who is already working with co-created practice, free to attend and will be captioned. 

🗓 Thursday 4 November, 11am-1pm
🎟 FREE online event (via Zoom)


We have some bursaries to support access and childcare.

We also have up to 10 bursaries of £50 each for freelancers to attend the meeting.

Email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk to let us know what you need.


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Outdoor VR dance in Matson: a GL4 event

It’s Matson roundabout…
…but not as you know it.

Lights, smoke, music and a VR journey through another world are touching down in GL4.

‘I just had the most awesome time,
it was amazing!’

Audience member
A picture of Matson Green. A Large tree stands proudly in the middle of the green. It is surrounded by estate buildings.

A totally unique experience.
2 nights only. Ages 13+.
Coming October 2021.

Watch

  • No ticket required – just turn up
  • You can stay as long as you like – there will be multiple performances
  • You can bring your own food and drink, and there’s a chip shop and newsagent right next to the venue
  • There’ll be music in between shows so you can hang out and chat

Or play

  • No experience or skills required – anyone can do it
  • (Although you must be at least 13 years old to play)
  • Players must arrive 30 mins before the start time to get instructions
  • You’ll join a group of 6-7 people and play for 10 minutes

How it works

As the sun starts going down on Friday night, Matson roundabout (the massive one on Matson Avenue) will be turned into a set for a unique event: an outdoor VR experience that anyone can play.

6 people at a time will be kitted out with VR headsets and gold jackets. You’ll be given instructions to follow – and then, as you explore the VR world, you’ll suddenly be dancing in the middle of Matson, in real life.

You can choose to take part and play, or to just watch. Each round lasts about 10 minutes. There will be multiple chances to see the show, between 6pm and 10pm.

If you want to be one of the players, please sign up for a slot. If you just want to watch the show, you can just turn up at Matson roundabout any time you like!

The whole event is completely free.

Where and when

Fri 1 and Sat 2 October 2021
from 6pm

Performance times

• 6pm • 6.45pm • 7.30pm • 8.15pm • 9pm • 9.45pm

Matson roundabout

A big open space in the middle of the Matson estate – perfect for gathering a crowd. And it’s right by the chippy.

Matson parade roundabout
Matson Avenue
Gloucester, GL4 6LL

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

unique nights out dance seeing places transformed VR smoke and lights immersive experiences trying something new gold coats?!

This is an outdoor, evening experience. It’s suitable for ages 7+ – but players must be 13+

Practical details

Each performance is about 10 minutes long. There will be a new set of people playing each time, so every show is different. You can stay and watch as many times as you like.

The whole event is completely free.

There won’t be seating at the roundabout, so bring a blanket or a coat if you want something to sit on!

It’s a big space so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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Let Artists Be Artists – experiment sharing session

What is it?

A 1.5 hour online sharing session, reporting back on what we’ve learnt from the first few months of our ‘Let Artists Be Artists’ experiment.

This ‘industry sharing’ event is aimed at anyone interested in the idea of finding new ways to work with and support artists – in particular, organisations or individuals considering trying out a similar approach, testing out a new model for commissioning or reviewing how they work with artists.

The focus will be on sharing what we’ve learned so far, with three main goals in mind:

  1. to continue to be transparent in the whole process
  2. to hopefully make it easy for others to try out something similar for themselves
  3. to stimulate ongoing conversation about how to build a fairer, more adventurous arts industry

We will share:

  • How the project came about
  • The purpose of the experiment, but also the nuts and bolts of how it worked in practice
  • How we involved artists in its development
  • The recruitment process: how it was run, what worked and what didn’t (both from our perspective and that of artists)
  • The 3 appointed LABA artists will share their experiences so far
  • Specific resources and documentation from everything so far – everything from the overall project framework down to the Google Sheets and Apps Script we used to make shortlisting more manageable

Practical details and how to join

The session will take place online, via Zoom (live captioning available)

Places are free, but you do need to book in advance so that we have an idea of numbers! (You’re also welcome to make a donation towards our work if you’d like to!)

We will send out the Zoom link and joining information to all bookers closer to the date of the session (Weds 15 Sep)

Funders and partners

We’re so grateful to all of the organisations who are joining us to make this a reality:

Action Hero | The Arts Development Company | Bristol Ferment | Create Gloucestershire | GL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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Outdoor circus (x2!) at the old bowling green

What to expect

‘Roll Up, Roll Up’ by Simple Cypher

Amazing, physically-impressive tricks performed with effortless agility – including a whole routine inside a massive, spinning steel ring known as a Cyr wheel.

Watch as the two performers build on each others’ moves, combining freestyle hip hop and b-boying with juggling and acrobatics to wow audiences of all ages.

‘Pirate Taxi’ by Pirates of the Carabina

Have you ever seen someone spinning, upside down, in a hoop, 20ft up in the air, balanced by their partner, on the ends of a see-sawing ladder, rotating on top of a car?

Sometimes serious, but more often funny, Pirate Taxi is a family-friendly circus show for adventurers of all ages. Enjoy incredible aerial performance on an incredible set – literally built in and on an old-school London taxi!

The funnest start to a Saturday afternoon in Gloucester, with 2 fantastic circus performances back-to-back!

“will delight, surprise and inspire the whole family”

Pirates of the Carabina review – Belinda Seeney

Where and when

Saturday 11 September 2021, 2pm

Greyfriars Bowling Green
Gloucester, GL1 1HT

The old bowling green 😮🤩

A hidden gem, tucked away in the middle of Gloucester. It’s normally locked up but we’ve got access specially for this event!

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

circus skills parkour impressive physical feats fun activities for kids family outings acrobatics people working together taxis?!

These are two shows that anyone can enjoy. The content is suitable for all ages. Even cynical teenagers will be impressed by the giant spinning wheel tricks or the balancing act on a 30ft scaffold.

Bring the family, or your mates, or just pop along on your own. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

Practical details and tickets

The two shows combined last about an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

An event like this would often cost £10-£15. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone! Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

There won’t be seating at the bowling green, so bring a chair or a blanket if you’d like something to sit on.

It’s a big space for 100 audience members so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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‘Ripe’ – outdoor circus at the old bowling green

What to expect

A thoroughly entertaining half-hour performance from brilliant trapeze artist Tilly Lee-Kronick.

Ripe is Tilly’s own one-woman show: it’s funny, impressive and it’ll get you talking with your friends.

Grab a seat in a scenic outdoor space in the middle of Gloucester and enjoy the mix of circus skills, music, comedy…and a big banana costume 🍌

Tilly is a seriously skilled trapeze artist

“One of the funniest circus performances I have ever seen.”

Resolution Review – Siobhan Murphy

Where and when

Friday 3 September 2021
1.30pm and 7pm

The old bowling green 😮🤩

A hidden gem, tucked away in the middle of Gloucester. It’s normally locked up but we’ve got access specially for this event!

Greyfriars Bowling Green
Gloucester, GL1 1HT

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

circus skills comedy impressive physical feats fun activities for kids family outings feminism the unexpected bananas?!

This is genuinely a show that anyone can enjoy. It’s suitable for all ages. The trapeze tricks will wow you whether you’re 7 or 70, and there are clever themes, jokes and ideas woven in as well.

Bring the family, or your mates, or just pop along on your own. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

We’re putting on a daytime performance (1.30pm) so you can still come and see the show if it’s hard for you to get out in the evenings.

“Not just funny and original…thought-provoking, too.”

Audience member

Practical details and tickets

The show lasts about half an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A show like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

There won’t be seating at the bowling green, so bring a chair or a blanket if you’d like something to sit on.

It’s a big space for 100 audience members so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

The show mostly happens high up on a trapeze – so you’ll be able to see, wherever where you sit!

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Autumn 2021

Hungry Nation Part 1:
🗓 3 Dec 2021, 1.30pm & 7pm
📍 Foleshill Community Centre, Coventry, CV6 5HS

Listen to real stories of food poverty
More info and tickets

Wiggle and Giggle
Any time
Online

Free dance videos for toddlers
Watch now

Poems from HMP Eastwood Park
Any time
Online

Hear women’s stories in their own words
Find out more

‘Venture Through The Seasons’
Summer 2021
The Venture, White City

A growing community art installation
Find out more

Youth Theatre and Dance
From September 2021
Various locations

Weekly sessions for 7-11s, 11-16s & 16+
Join now

Autumn 2021 events map

See where exciting things are happening in Gloucester: