Paragon

Your Story project returns to Dumfries

After two successful events in 2015 and 2016, Paragon Music will be returning to Dumfries this August with the ‘Your Story’ project.

paragon musicParagon are an inclusive music organisation. They run accessible music and arts workshops for people of all ages and abilities, providing opportunities for people to create and perform their own music with professional musicians and in arts venues across Scotland. The sessions are inclusive and so are open to anyone to participate, but they do reach out to people who are isolated through disability or disadvantage and who would typically face barriers to participation in the arts. They also welcome volunteers who are interested in gaining experience in inclusive practice and group work skills.

Charlotte Gibson from Paragon explained, “We are based in Glasgow, but a group of us, including myself, are from Dumfries and we wanted to develop our inclusive work in the region. We ran an initial pilot in August 2015 and have since received funding from the Holywood Trust to run our Your Story project over 2 years (we are just moving into the 2nd year now). We have a supportive network of partners who signpost young people to the workshops. The workshops this summer will focus on visual art as well as music, and the Paragon musicians will be working with Access Arts (which is a Turning Point Scotland service) to deliver these.”

The workshops are completely free and are open to disabled and non-disabled young people (15 – 25 years old) from Dumfries. The workshops will take place on August the 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th (all from 10.30am until 12.30am) at the Theatre Royal. On August 17th, the project will culminate in a performance at The Usual Place in Dumfries (rehearsal at 4pm, main performance at 7pm). Both the Theatre Royal and The Usual Place are fully accessible venues in Dumfries town centre.

If you would like to attend the workshops, contact Charlotte to reserve your place either via email at charlotte-paragon@btconnect.com or phone at 07484 031 151.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the Paragon Music website.

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