Creative Kids International is a Bristol based organisation, set up to run an exciting and innovative new visual arts project working with street children in Zambia, Southern Africa and young people in Bristol.
Creative Kids International will be sending two project workers (Mia Harris and Sian Lamprey) to Lusaka, Zambia this September to work in partnership with an established theatre company called Bare Feet Theatre. Bare Feet works with children living on the streets of Zambia’s towns and cities and those at risk of leaving home. It encourages the children and young people, many of whom have drug addictions, to leave the streets by using creative tools such as drama, acrobatics, music and dance. Uniquely the organisation is made up of young artists, many of whom were formerly on the streets, who will hold workshops in 34 drop-in centres.
Mia and Sian will be offering their skills and experience as visual artists in the lead up to and during the annual Bare Feet festival in October. They will also be working with Bare Feet in preparation for their Christmas play, which is in residence in the National Theatre of Zambia for one week before touring to over 1000 orphans.
As well as working in Zambia, Creative Kids International will be working with children and young people in Bristol before and on their return from Zambia. This will include working at schools, play centres, community events, festivals and adventure playgrounds. The aim of the workshops will be to build positive relationships between children and young people in both countries, raise awareness, and celebrate cultural diversity, through a series of educational and creative art workshops.
Creative Kids International also plan to curate events and exhibitions of the childrens work in both countries.