Arts Service Workshops

The Arts Service is delighted to offer a selection of taster sessions at the Bridge Centre on Saturday 25 and Sun 26 May.

These sessions form part of the wider Haddstock festival, and will run alongside the Newcomer Stage and  ELJam's Battle of the Bands competition.

No previous experience will be required but places are limited and you will need to book online.

Please note that there is a £2 fee per transaction. We advise that you book all your Arts Service workshops in one transaction to avoid paying multiple booking fees.

This year, all workshops will take place in the Poldrate Granary, which is part of the Lamp of Lothian complex and adjacent to the Bridge Centre (our Battle of the Bands venue). The Granary room is on the 2nd floor of the Poldrate building which is accessed via the door opposite the church (please note no access from courtyard door). There is a lift available. Access to the building is restricted so you will be met at the door. Please be punctual as latecomers may not be permitted entry.

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Saturday 25 May

Samba drumming workshops

Come along and immerse yourself in the carnival street band vibe! These hour long workshops are open to anyone aged 8yrs and above and will introduce you to the Surdo (Brazilian bass drum), Repiniques and Caxias (Brazilian side drums).  In just one hour you will learn to play as part of a band, using infectious rhythms to create multi-part pieces. Let's MAKE SOME NOISE!!

Two family sessions available (ages 8+)

Session 1: 10am - 11am

Session 2: 11.15am - 12.15pm

Pay what you can.

Recommended price £10 per person


Community Singing with NYCoS

Come and join the National Youth Choir of Scotland for an uplifting and heartwarming community singing workshop led by choral director, Anna Ghazal. Experience the joy of singing songs from home and across the globe as we come together in harmony. Whether you're a seasoned vocalist or brand new to singing, all voices are welcome. Join us for an hour of fun, laughter and brilliant music-making!

Workshop 1: 2-3pm - for 8 - 18 year olds

Workshop 2: 3-4pm - Family Session for all ages

Pay what you can.

Recommended price £5 per person


Sunday 26 May

Introduction to Drama

Is your child is interested in learning more about drama, acting and performance? Join us for an introduction to drama as part of Haddstock 2024. Our workshops are a great way to explore our Brunton Performing Arts Network Classes, focusing on improvisation, mime, devising, characterisation, voice and movement. Come along to meet new people, share your creativity and have lots of FUN!

Workshop 1: 10.00am - 11.00am - for 6-12 year olds

Workshop 2: 11.00am - 12.00pm - for ages 11+

Pay what you can.

Recommended price £5 per person


Musical Theatre

Join us for a fun and engaging musical theatre workshop. These sessions will incorporate all elements of musical theatre, singing, dance and drama. Our tutor will lead you through a creative warm up and games before learning a short dance routine and song from a musical. Please wear trainers (no flip flops/sandals) and bring water!

Workshop 1: 12.00pm - 12.30pm for 3-5 year olds

Workshop 2: 12.45pm - 1.45pm for 6-10 year olds

Workshop 3: 2.00pm - 3.00pm for ages 11+

Pay what you can.

Recommended price £5 per person


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