It's been a summer like no other and our Connection Point programme saw us take work online in creative ways to keep our community connected and creative.
From their shared home at Spinney Hollow Woodland, BearFace Theatre created a trilogy of mystery, magic and adventure to delight and entertain. With your input they named characters, chose songs and made key plot decisions. Catch the full series on our Vimeo channel
We were thrilled to develop and bring a range of meditation videos and a health and wellbeing creativity checklist. Our series can be watched on our Vimeo channel and includes, meet Suna Imre our Arts & Health Producer, tips for meditation and more. There's still time to join in and share your creative work through our Inspiring Minds Gallery
Everyone was given the chance to dance as part of our Moving You Dance Challenges. Our Dance Artists offered a set of inspiration videos drawing on the spaces and materials at home, helping people keep moving and creative with dance during the lockdown period. You can still join in by watching the series on our Vimeo channel
If you have a go at any of our challenges, please do share your experience on social media using #ConnectionPoint
We ran a range of other opportunities inviting residents to undertake window dressing challenges, supported young people with their Arts Awards and ran a highly successful Transition Project, inviting Year 7 students to write a monologue to their former Year 6 self. Both year groups then performed these monologues in creative ways. We were thrilled to be able to support so many young people in this difficult time as they move from primary to secondary schools this autumn.
On Saturday 18th July, we handed our social media channels to the incredibly talented young people that we work with for our online virtual Youth Takeover Festival
During the day, they shared their own creative projects and explored the ideas that matter to them. We presented performances and creative projects devised by these young artists, empowering them to become leaders, makers and collaborators.
Our annual free outdoor festival Eastleigh Unwrapped moved online as we found creative ways to support the artists programmed to perform at the festival in new ways online. You can find the Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed programme on the Eastleigh Unwrapped website.
We are also running a virtual programme of Arts Award Discover for children and young people in Eastleigh Borough. Arts Award Discover is a Trinity College London qualification designed for ages 5 to 25 to explore the arts – it’s about trying things out, learning about creative people and sharing their findings with someone else. It’s really straightforward to do, whether you have experience in the arts or have decided to do something different at home!