Fairy Tales & Seasons - La Favole & le Stagioni
Through the Fairy Tales & Seasons project a lovely group of bilingual children, aged 4-12, have discovered and explored Italian stories, poems, songs and traditions connected to the four seasons, placing them in relation to Scottish traditions and stories related to the same theme. As members of Italian families living in Scotland, they have learned about their heritage in a way that is immediately related to the seasons changing around them, comparing their experiences with the wider national tradition of the country in which they are growing up. They have explored how Italian traditions are changed by living in Scotland, reflected on how heritage is enlivened by migration and discovered how Italian heritage enriched the Scottish communities we live in.
The series of workshops combined art and drama activities. During the art classes, we explored traditional and experimental techniques through individual and collective works.
The project has been developed by Girotondo Italian Children's Club, a community group based in Edinburgh, and has been funded by The Heritage Lottery Funding. A final event and exhibition have been hosted at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in March 2018.