Media Release: Scottish Opera reaches out to Georgia

SCOTTISH Opera’s education team is to spend a week with Tbilisi State Opera in Georgia in a cultural exchange as part of the British Council’s Classical Twists project.

The team will hold a series of workshops and meetings between 28 March and 1 April 2011 to develop links between Georgian artists and primary teachers, and demonstrate Scottish Opera’s successful model for using opera as a tool for learning in schools.

Linked to Scotland’s A Curriculum for Excellence – which places creativity at the centre of learning and teaching – the aim of the project is to show how opera can be used to enhance a child’s learning across a wide range of subjects, to provide opportunities for artists and teachers to share their skills and to raise the profile of opera as a rich and relevant art form within the Georgian community.

The second stage of the project will see a delegation from Georgia visit Scottish Opera’s Production Studios in Glasgow to continue their professional development.

Scottish Opera’s director of Education, Jane Davidson, said: “Scottish Opera’s education department is the oldest of any opera company in Europe, and we have a proven track record in using opera to support learning and key curriculum aims. It’s an honour to be asked by the British Council and Tbilisi State Opera to take part in such a worthwhile project.”

Julia Amour, acting director British Council Scotland, said: “As an organisation that builds cultural links for the benefit of Scotland we are delighted that Tbilisi State Opera will be twinning with Scottish Opera for this reciprocal partnership.

“Music can have an incredible impact in the classroom and this will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Scotland’s extraordinary musical strength and ideas to an international audience.”


Notes to editors:

Classical Twists is part of the British Council global programme New Work New Audiences (NWNA), the aim of which is to engage a wide audience with the best of UK art, enrich cultural life and present art as an opportunity for a dialogue between cultures as it highlights the power of art as a catalyst for developing international understanding and trust. In Georgia we aim to reach new audiences for innovative music, film and theatre.

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