As part of My City, a pilot project developed between Imaginate and Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB), a group of refugee families have been creating artwork which is going to be exhibited in the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
The young people and their families regularly attend MCFB and have been working with artists Victoria Beesley, Yvonne Buskie and Arran Howie. They have used theatre, puppetry and visual art to explore their relationships with the cities they know from life in Syria, Lebanon or Egypt and their new home, Edinburgh.
Over a series of workshops, families have been encouraged to share their culture (children’s stories, nursery rhymes, pop culture, food) and stories about the cities and towns they come from. They have also explored their new city of Edinburgh (its folklore, its traditions, its architecture, landscape and culture), including attending a performance at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May.
Their experiences, memories and imaginations have all combined to create Edippo, an imaginary city which has been made into artworks. The exhibition is on until 22 July and entry is free.
The ideas the families shared about Syria will also be incorporated into a new, professional theatre production by Victoria Beesley based on the story of the 'Cat man of Aleppo’.
More information about the exhibition at: www.imaginate.org.uk/artists/events/my-city-exhibition
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