Kintyre and Gigha primaries collaborate for new arts festival

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Pupils from Gigha and Kintyre primary schools are preparing to host a creative arts festival together next year as part of  a £13,500 project promoting wellbeing.

Led entirely by pupils, the festival will be held on Gigha in May 2022 with the island’s pupils joining forces with children from Clachan, Achahoish, Rhunahaorine and Glenbarr primaries.

The children will work in partnership with specialist artists and performers in the run up to the main event learning skills in a variety of creative arts, including performance poetry and stand-up comedy.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘This sounds like a wonderful, fun project that will challenge and empower pupils, and will give them a great sense of achievement.

‘Creative arts are renowned for boosting confidence, and helping the social, cognitive and emotional development of young people.

‘They stimulate the imagination and provide a centre stage for pupils to express themselves.

‘We are committed to ensuring the positive health and wellbeing of our children and young people in Argyll and Bute and creative arts are a tremendous way of doing this.

‘I can’t wait to see what plans the children have and seeing them come to fruition in May.’