Summer fun and happy days at Platform

27 Aug 2021

Over the summer holidays we were so pleased to be able to welcome our community back to Platform, with our summer programme of activities, performances and our free holiday food programme.

Every Monday-Friday throughout the holidays we welcomed hundreds of families to The Bridge car park and provided them with takeaway food bags, featuring a variety of snacks, cereals and hot meals courtesy of neighbouring café Wee Betty’s. We also gave out free art activity packs for kids, and copies of our recent community newspaper Made in Easterhouse!

We found safe ways to welcome audiences and enjoy performance again, and through our free Fun Fridays programme we were able to host outside performances from the Unicorn Dance Party, Sprog Rock, City Breakz, The Swings, Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation and Mischief La Bas to sold out audiences in front of The Bridge.

Alongside the performances, we hosted outside art workshops for local children on Fridays, who got to try their hand at a variety of activities, from clay model making to t-shirt design, and what amazing creativity was displayed!

And who could forget Jimmy Cauty’s ESTATE? This incredible “dystopian model village experience” stayed with us for a month on site in a shipping container, and we think it’s safe to say nobody will be forgetting about it any time soon!

It was great to hear positive feedback from our audiences on the summer programme, with one City Breakz attendee commenting on how it helped them look at objects in a different way, and another local family who said “It was fun and we really enjoyed coming along!”. We were also so pleased to be able to host a physical reunion for our wonderful Clack & Yak knitters at the Jon Ritchie swing dance, who set aside the crafting in favour of a boogie!

Stay tuned for more news on our autumn programme soon!

[Photos: Coluson & Tennant, Gibson Digital and Platform staff]

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