Getting a good Start in the arts

Four Luton schools are taking part in the Start programme with the theme Carnival Genius

Four Luton schools are taking part in the Start programme with the theme Carnival Genius

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Students from four Luton schools are in for the experience of a lifetime after being chosen to take part in Start, a prestigious three year arts programme initiated by Prince Charles.

The UK Centre for Carnival Arts will work with 600 youngsters aged between seven and 14 from Farley Junior School, Surrey Street Primary School, Ashcroft High School and Challney High School for Girls. UKCCA is one of only 10 venues countrywide that will be involved in the programme from leading arts education charity, Children & The Arts.

Start partners arts venues with local schools to offer disadvantaged children opportunities to participate in creative activities that will inspire and enhance their experience of the arts.

The three-year project has the overall theme ‘Carnival Genius – Achieving Your Best Through Carnival Arts.’

It will work with children who know little about arts and cultural venues and will enable them to try for themselves the exciting components of carnival arts – costume, dance and music.

Next year is Luton carnival’s 40th anniversary and the youngsters will have their performance showcased at a special event in the summer.

Children & the Arts was founded by Prince Charles with the fundamental belief that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts.

Chief executive Jeremy Newton explained: “Start takes learning beyond the classroom, inspiring and empowering young people in a new and exciting environment.”