OPEN CALL FOR EAST WINDS 2017

Shapeshifter Productions has devised a cultural exchange project, East Winds,a collaboration with Shetland Arts, Dhruv Arts and Waltham Forest Music Services. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for 6 young violinists from North East & East London to be part of a cultural exchange programme with 6 young fiddlers from The Shetland Islands, exploring Indian and contemporary classical and traditional musics, supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Over the space of 10 months, two groups, each of 6 young musicians, aged 12-14 years, from extremely different social backgrounds and environments will swap roles, spend time in each other’s habitats, share experiences, musics, lifestyles. Guided by professional musicians and project leaders, it will culminate in developing a short repertoire and devising a piece of original music inspired through this experience, performed North East & South East of the U.K. two being on Shetland, two in London.

Starting in January 2017, the participants will be encouraged to keep in regular contact with each other through webcast, blog, Instagram, Skype, Facebook and other social media and will be documented through film and photography.

The project consists of two, one week residencies:

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LONDON GROUP VISITS SHETLAND.

Hosted by Shetland Arts at Lerwick’s waterside performance arts venue, Mareel. Travel 2nd April, Monday 3rd- Thursday 6th April workshops and rehearsals; sight-seeing. Dress rehearsal & concerts: Mareel 7th April, Cullivoe Hall, Yell, 8th April. Sunday 9th April-travel home.

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SHETLAND GROUP VISITS LONDON.

Hosted by Shapeshifter Productions and WF Music Services, Walthamstow. Travel 23rd July, Monday 24th July- Thursday 27th workshops and rehearsals; sight-seeing. Dress rehearsal & concerts: Fri 28th July & Sat 29th July. Sunday 30th July-travel home. (NB this may change by a day earlier).

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