Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:30

More than 300 schoolchildren staged a spectacular show inspired by the Eden Project’s Invisible Worlds exhibition yesterday (Thursday).

Twelve schools from the St Austell Bay Learning Partnership group took part. Each year the partnership brings the schools together in a creative celebration. This was the first time the event took place at Eden.

In keeping with its surroundings, the theme for this performance was based on the Invisible Worlds Exhibition, based in the Core building.

The schools were recently invited to Eden to walk through the displays as well as visit the lab to gain ideas on how they could interpret these messages through dance and music.

The permanent Invisible Worlds exhibition has been in place at Eden since May last year, transforming the Core building and introducing the public to the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments.

Drawing on the Invisible Worlds tag line ‘Too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too far away in time and space’, each school adopted one of these key phrases to explore and develop a way to showcase their ideas in an eye-catching performance, enjoyed by parents and classmates.

The event took place in two areas at Eden, the Infinity Blue stage and the Mediterranean Biome. The audience was able to free flow between the two stages, to watch all 12 schools perform.

Elaine Badger, St Mewan Community Primary School Headteacher, said: “The children were incredibly excited about performing with Eden as their backdrop. After visiting the Invisible Worlds display they were brimming with ideas and were inspired to create their performance based on the theme of 'Too far away in space and time'.

“This is a fantastic way to celebrate the talented children we have in our schools, which are all local to the Eden Project, and the event is a reflection of one of the key functions of both Eden and our schools - bringing communities together.”

Eden’s Education Manager Sam Kendall said: “We were delighted to host this event for the St Austell Bay schools and welcome so many enthusiastic schoolchildren from our area. We really enjoyed watching them interpret our Invisible Worlds exhibition, exploring science through the medium of the arts.”

There were 11 primary schools and one secondary school from St Austell Bay Learning Partnership taking part, Bishop Bronescombe C of E School, Carclaze Community Primary School, Charlestown Primary School, Fowey Primary School, Lostwithiel Primary School, Luxulyan Community Primary School, Mevagissey Community Primary School, Mount Charles School, Penrice Academy, Pondhu Primary School, Sandy Hill Academy and St Mewan Community Primary School.

For more information on the Invisible Worlds exhibition at the Eden Project, go to www.edenproject.com.