1000+ young people, 150 young performers, 200 young artists, 35 schools, 12 arts and cultural practitioners, 25 Arts Awards achieved
Inspired by London 2012, The Berkshire School Games is an Olympic-style county sporting competition that gives thousands of opportunities for children and young people from across Berkshire to connect and compete between 2012 and 2014.
The School Games is a national programme delivered locally and Creative Junction ensured that in Berkshire a strong cultural element is included. We delivered this through a series of Opening Ceremonies, to recognise and celebrate the strengths and skills of all children and young people in Berkshire. The Opening Ceremonies are now a renowned, important and much anticipated part of the global Olympics and Paralympics, and our local Opening Ceremonies aimed to have a similar status, profile and impact in the context of The School Games.
During the spring and summer of 2014, Creative Junction worked directly with 150 young people to coordinate, rehearse and produce two unique and one off half hour Opening Ceremonies. They were a celebration of dance, movement, music and singing all inspired by London 2012 and performed to hundreds of their peers as well as the West Berkshire MP, local authority leaders and dignitaries and representatives from the funder the Youth Sports Trust. We ran a visual art competition and exhibition in partnership with The Stanley Spencer Gallery with over 200 entries from young artists. In addition, we organised professional arts activity at the Cultural Village, reaching over 1000 young people from 35 schools.