Circus to the Schoolyard: A Celebration of Cardiff's Refugee Community
Thanks to the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Collaborations programme, we are embarking on a six-month partnership with local school, Adamsdown Primary, in honour of Cardiff’s refugee community.
The project marks a first-ever sustained collaboration between NoFit State and a local school, with the residency being characterised by a series of creative workshops with the school’s pupils covering the breadth of circus, storytelling and artistic performance. The residency will culminate in a participatory community day-festival, with creative performances, visual exhibitions and food right on the school’s grounds to celebrate Cardiff’s refugee and asylum-seeking population.
The project has been created as a way of celebrating the diversity of a school that teaches pupils from over 50 different countries, 84% of which speak English as an additional language, and many come from families that have undergone displacement through seeking asylum.
The festival will coincide with Refugee Week (17 to 23 June 2020). Celebrating the growing community of refugees and their contribution to British life, we aim to use creative expression and performance to communicate values and increase understanding of why it is that people seek sanctuary.