Aberdeen pupils encouraged to show their creativity as Arts Across Learning Festival gets into full swing

Aberdeen’s Primary School pupils are exploring their creative sides this week and next thanks to this year’s Arts Across Learning Festival.

The festival which kicked off on Monday 5 Mach and runs until Friday 16 March has been devised by Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning team. The two week festival is a celebration and exploration of the arts and their value to learning and teaching.

The festival brings a stimulating wealth of learning experiences to spark imagination and enthusiasm for learning to nursery and primary pupils and their teachers.

This year’s festival has a focus on dance and design with exciting projects that bring specific expertise to these expressive arts subjects. Through these art forms, the festival enables children to deepen their learning, express themselves, recognise their own abilities and share their learning with their peers and parents.

Councillor John Wheeler, Educational Operational Delivery Convener, said: “The Arts Across Learning Festival gives children a chance to express themselves through innovative arts and learning experiences. It shows that Aberdeen is a city where children and schools can experiment with and be transformed by the arts, creativity and culture.”

Joining the festival this year are Digital Maker CIC and The Scottish Dance Theatre.

Digital Maker CIC are working with schools on digital coding and circuit making enabling pupils to learn new technology skills and use their imagination to create graphics and sounds.

Scottish Dance Theatre are delivering their magical early years interactive performance Innocence, involving live music, songs, giggles and animal noises for children to share their learning with their parents.

Margaret Stewart, Creative Partnerships Manager “The festival brings a buzz of creativity to city schools whether to enhance literacy through dance and poetry, ignite a passion for coding or to inspire the next generation of designers and inventors.”


Photographs courtesy of Grant Anderson