BEEE Creative’s #TAG Project supports child mental health advice on the importance of PLAY!

From May until December 2020, BEEE Creative will be running a new intergenerational dance programme across the Hertfordshire districts of Dacorum, Three Rivers and Watford, focussing on PLAY and bringing your stories to life through dance.

Following a recent article in The Guardian, which detailed experts’ extreme concern over the impact of lockdown on child mental health, the government is being urged to prioritise children’s play and social interaction over formal education when schools reopen in England.

BEEE Creative’s latest project, which is part of the celebrations for the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020, focuses specifically on the subject of PLAY, with lots of opportunities for individuals or groups of all age groups to take part, and no experience necessary.

The project covers six main elements, including a film, a multi-media installation that combines animation, contemporary dance and music, a school’s project to create a performance by sharing information in different digital formats, a collection of stories about ‘play’, a photography exhibition and a final celebratory showcase.

Carrie Washington, Director of BEEE Creative explains: “Due to the challenges of lockdown, we are having to adjust the original plans for this project, with a lot of the activities currently being delivered through virtual and digital social interaction.

“There are some really exciting and creative ways that people can get involved with the #TAG project. We are, for example aware of one Cul-de-sac in Hertfordshire, where residents are meeting each morning to ‘Dance on their Driveways. This activity is independent to our project, but your involvement in #TAG could include this type of activity, providing it’s at a safe social distance and follows government guidelines.”

BEEE Creative is looking for 8 Hertfordshire households to take part in its #TAG Dance Film, where artists Jennifer Irons and Zach Walker from makeAMPLIFY will lead residents in a dance in their own homes and turn it into a film to share.

If you or a household you know would like to get involved, please email hannah@beee-creative.co.uk

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 Blog by Carrie Washington, 14 May 2020

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