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Castlebrae students host their own 2017 International Festival launch

Pupils at Castlebrae Community High School in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh hosted their own launch of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival programme today.

As part of the International Festival’s ongoing residency with Castlebrae and the City of Edinburgh Council Arts and Creative Learning Department, senior students hosted the launch event in the school’s gym hall which had been transformed for the occasion. They invited their peers to learn more about the International Festival’s 70th anniversary programme which will see the school used as an official venue this summer to host the premiere of Boy Blue Entertainment’s hip-hop dance show Project R.E.B.E.L.

Castlebrae students at the launch eventSince the residency launched in 2014, Castlebrae students have been learning about all aspects of the International Festival’s work through workshops, individually tailored mentoring and work experience with members of the International Festival staff team. Starting with today’s launch, the students are getting the chance to put their skills and experience into practice and assist in the planning and running of the venue at their school gym in August.

Senior students were producing a presentation highlighting their favourites in the 2017 programme, including a Q&A session with International Festival Director Fergus Linehan, a short live music performance from professional musicians, and insights to other International Festival projects that Castlebrae students will be involved in this year.

A couple of Castlebrae students, Maria and Sofia, were posting live on International Festival’s Instagram taking you behind the scenes of the vent. See below for a selection of social media posts from the day.

Castlebrae students with their special badges

Photos Aly Wight

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