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ASPIRE Learning and Participation

Inspiring creativity

The ASPIRE! Programme works with approximately 4000 children, young people and adults each year on a range of arts projects, culminating in showcases at the Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Literature Festival.We are always keen to hear from schools, community organisations and individuals who would like to get involved in our projects.  We also have an open application process for artists and facilitators looking to join our pool of project practitioners.For more information contact us on

City Sing

Choirs and Choral Societies from across the district combine with experienced singers and beginners from the Lichfield Festival Chorus to create the Big City Sing – a giant a cappella song performance for all ages in Beacon Park. Led by artists from Birmingham-based company Vocal.Point, the free performance will combine performances from individual choirs with a mass sing-along of new work and world music.

Get Involved!
Joining the Festival Chorus for the Big City Sing is easy! No auditions, no membership fees and no long-term commitment to rehearsals; whether you have never sung a note outside the shower or are an experienced performer, come along and have a go! To sign up email or download a registration form here: City Sing 2017 Registration Form

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Big Festival Animal project is back!!! We had Pigs…then Baby Elephants…this year we are bringing back our highly anticipated community animal art project with not one, but two animal models.Celebrating the classic tale of the Hare and the Tortoise, we will be filling the streets of Lichfield with painted models this summer.  Previous similar projects have been extremely popular with the public, drawing in thousands of visitors to participate in the trail across the City, bringing new trade to local shops, cafes and attractions.  Past projects have also raised over £15,000 for local and national charities.We expect the whole City to be talking about #TeamHare and #TeamTortoise this summer. We are now looking for local businesses to adopt a model and become part of our art trail.  Can you provide one of our Hares or Tortoises with a foster home this summer?Please email .



Young Critics 2017

Applications are now open for our Young Critics Programme 2017.
This popular scheme gives budding writers and journalists aged 8-18 yrs a chance to view and review shows at the Festival.
Application and tickets are free, but places are limited each year.  Download an application form here: Young Critics Application Form 2017.

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