Watch and Listen

A short film about Inside Out, a celebration of young people’s spoken word poetry and music, which took place on Saturday 7th March 2015 as part of The Independent Bath Literature Festival. Young people came together to showcase the work they had created in our Building Bridges, Home Grown and Young Writers Labs projects.

INSIDE OUT from Nick Spratling on Vimeo.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a 2 year music project run by Bath Festivals and funded by Youth Music. The project works with vulnerable young people through workshops, one to one sessions and performance to develop resilience, confidence, and self-esteem as well as vital speaking and listening skills.  The project will enable Music Leaders to build long-term, meaningful relationships with participants and work in collaboration with Youth Workers from B&NES Youth Connect whilst based at Southside and Peasedown St John Youth Hubs in Bath and North East Somerset.

Hazel Plowman, Learning & Participation Coordinator at Bath Festivals says: “We are delighted that the Building Bridges project has been funded by Youth Music. The fund will give us the opportunity to sustain music making provision in our local communities, give vulnerable young people access to the cultural life of their city and enable them to develop their own creative voices. We have already seen the benefit of this work with our pilot project and the chance to extend and deepen the impact of music making opportunities will be incredibly positive for the young people and the community as a whole.

We welcome the opportunity to continue our relationship with B&NES Youth Connect at Southside and Peasedown Youth Hub’s and their fantastic team of Youth Workers who offer insight and support to our projects. Our music projects are a real partnership between the Music Leaders, the Youth Workers, Bath Festivals and the young people themselves and the value of that partnership is clearly demonstrated in the outcomes for the young people.”


Bath Festivals worked with Asian Arts Agency to bring Bhangra group 4×4 to deliver workshops and a performance at Writhlington School, attended by 7 of Writhlington’s feeder primary schools. You can see what they got up to here:

4×4’s Bhangra Day Out In Bath from Asian Arts Agency on Vimeo.

Music made by year 5 & 6 pupils at St Michaels Junior School and The Paragon School working with Julian West as part of the 2014 Bath International Music Festival.

A lovely short film we made with Action for Children’s Arts for the I Have A Right To Be A Child event as part of the Bath Festivals Children’s Literature Festival.

Find out more about our Learning and Participation Programme:

Listen to the songs young people on our Building Bridges project wrote while working with our Music Leader Neil Johnson:

Listen to 2 pieces of music the young people on our Make Music Happen Intensive made in just 2 days with guest tutor Matthew Sharp and Bath Festivals tutors: Alex Lupo; Justin Goodhall, Claire Anstee and Matt Elson:

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