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A chance conversation in Stockton High Street in 2012, resulted in a friendship and connection which has taken us on parades, worked with rural communities in County Durham and now exciting conversations in Cumbria. Julie Ward MEP for the North West has an infectious appetite for bringing people together. A few emails, a few phone calls later, resulted in this. We were VERY pleased to meet with Adrian Lochhead and Heather Walker of Eden Arts. The meeting, brought about by MEP Julie Ward and attended by Eden District Council Leader Kevin Beaty was the first step in what we hope will be a really fruitful partnership. Julie had first thought of Mela in Cumbria when the Cumbria floods brought a fantastic response from the Muslim community that saw people come to give their time to travel to Cumbria to help with the clean up and show caring and love and compassion. She suggested that Ajay get in touch with Adrian to see if they would be interested in talking about how we could work together - and of course, they said yes! Kevin is always supportive of looking at how we can bring new initiatives to Cumbria that might help us to further our mutual objectives of making Eden an even more fantastic place to live in and to visit. We very much appreciate that he's prepared to give his time to join in with discussions like this. Adrian is a dude, Heather is a dude, Kevin is doo--er and can make it happen and Julie is amazing. A Perfect Storm! So...... SO....! let's see... we are on it.... #workingforeden #workingforcumbria #workingtogether #adrian
As the curtain opened at the start of the show, over 1000 smiling faces greeted our cast of 75 children. This image, captures the curtain call.. it’s the end of the show, everyone is buzzing, exhausted but happy and elevated. Storytelling, drama and performance has a magical magnetic feeling - it can bring new people together, give confidence, create everlasting friendships and more. Being involved with the wonderful Yog Foundation and making a show with such delightful moments of enthusiasm and with such enthusiastic people, in a school hall and close to where people live, makes you realise how important it is, to keep the debate of how the arts are funded alive. We need a proper national debate, where the arts form part of our daily lives, through new housing developments, with new communities and through social cohesion. The arts should and can be accessible to all.