For most of November 2016, the StreetsAhead Tranent mural was on exhibition at Waverley Station. We had so many tweets and emails from people saying how much they loved seeing the mural as they travelled through the station!
On Sunday, 27th November, a few of the StreetsAhead children were on hand to give mural tours to members of the public. We even recognised a few faces from East Lothian as they passed through on their way to the Christmas market!
Thanks to Scotrail/Network Rail and Waverley Station for allowing us to display the StreetsAhead mural!
(One of the children who took part in the initial StreetsAhead workshop at her school was able to find her drawing of a bug hotel!)
On Friday, 18th November, the StreetsAhead team travelled to Dundee to take part in the Festival of Architecture Finale. This event was held at West Ward Works and showcased all the different projects that had taken place throughout the year.
The children gave mural tours to the other guests, including Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. She even gave StreetsAhead and Children’s Parliament a shout out during her speech!
We also got to explore the other exhibitions, which included a round of crazy golf and some virtual reality headsets!
Following the Festival of Architecture Finale, we walked into Dundee City Centre and saw the lighting of the Christmas tree in Civic Square, enjoyed some chips and hot chocolate on a cold night, and then saw the first few minutes of the fireworks show (before it was stopped due to the wind).
Although we didn’t arrive back at home until after 10pm, we had a fantastic time!
Today started off with breakfast and basketball at the John Knox Centre, then it was time to quickly get in to our kilts and head over to the UN building, Palais des Nations.
We got a tour of the UN from a great guide named Muhammed. He told us all about the history of the UN and all the important meetings that take place there. We got to see some of the huge council rooms – one had some amazing murals on the walls and ceiling and it’s where they hold talks when two countries are fighting.
Then we had a quick lunch before our event at the UNCRC Day of General Discussion. The event was hosted by Amal Aldoseri, who we met at the BBQ last night. The event started with the Under the Same Sky film. It was so interesting to learn about children’s lives in other countries.
After the film, we got to give tours of our mural to lots of important people. They said it was the best part of the day!
We finished the day with a yummy dinner of pizza and pasta at La Romana. But now it’s definitely time for bed. See you tomorrow Scotland!
Click the Soundcloud link below to hear from Alan and Lewis as they (expertly) thread their experience of Children’s Parliament StreetsAhead Tranent stakeholder’s event through their East Coast FM School Bell radio show (first aired 7pm, 28th June 2016).
Thanks again to Alan, Mirren and Isla for joining the event on Friday! We’ll keep you up to date with the children’s UN trip – perhaps you’d like to catch-up after to hear about their experience…could the Members of Children’s Parliament (MCPs) be guests on your show? Have a great summer holiday 😎
Sunday 5th June was Gala day in Tranent. We were really pleased to be invited along to share the day with our Members of Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and their families. MCPs welcomed visitors to their StreetsAhead Tranent mural, explaining their images and telling the story of their creative process. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to have a chat, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. More information about Tranent Gala Day here: http://www.tranentgala.com/