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Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership spark children’s artistic talents

Date Created: 29th Mar 2022

Children picture with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth

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Over 3000 young children have benefitted from, and enjoyed engaging with, an exciting new musical called Spark, the smallest dragon. The musical was created as an animation in an imaginative initiative funded by Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership’s Better Lives Through Culture programme, in partnership with Artswork.

Working in partnership with Portsmouth Early Years, Melody Tots and Portsmouth Music Hub, children across Portsmouth have taken part in lively workshops where they engaged with cuddly dragon puppets, performed dragon dances, enjoyed singing about Spark, played instruments and listened to a violinist amongst other colourful artistic activities.

Online training and resources were provided for Early Years Settings and schools to support teachers so the activities could be integrated into regular activities with the children.

Dolly and Jenson, from Medina Primary School, both aged 6, received their certificates from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth.

Councillor Suzy Horton met with Harley, aged 4, and Fraser, aged 5, from St. George’s Beneficial C of E Primary School, and said:

This is such an inclusive and exciting way to engage young children in the arts. Portsmouth benefits from so many talented artists and the children have clearly loved engaging and performing with Spark the dragon.

The short animation of Spark, the Smallest Dragon, can be found below:

Investment in this programme was provided by Artswork as part of our Better Lives Through Cultural partnership investment. Find out more about Artswork’s partnership investments here.


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