Moat Brae Opens House of Imagination for Youth Beatz Fringe 2016

Old meets young when one of the most significant historic houses in Dumfries joins forces with Youthbeatz Fringe Festival 2016 for ‘House of Imagination’ – a unique and magical event at Moat Brae on Friday 12th August from 1pm – 7pm. 

The house that inspired one of the greatest stories of all time – Peter Pan, will be transformed so young people from Dumfries & Galloway can experience the magic for themselves as they explore the enchanted basement, share shadow selfies and try some great art activities led by celebrated Graphic Novelist ‘Stref’.

This free event also marks the launch of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust’s Youth Forum – where young volunteers can find out how they can get involved, develop new skills and influence the creation of a major attraction in their own town.

Mark Gibbs, Creative Learning and Engagement Officer for Moat Brae says: “We are really looking forward to this event and hope lots of young people will come along, explore, have fun and find out more about one of the most exciting things that is going to happen in Dumfries.  Moat Brae is the place that inspired 17 year old JM Barrie over a hundred years ago.  He later became the author of Peter Pan and now this amazing place is going to open for everyone and inspire generations to come.”

Cllr Tom McAughtrie, Councillor of Communities says: “It is fantastic to see the Youth Beatz Fringe Festival expand to give local organisations the chance to host their own Youth Beatz Fringe event. We are delighted to see the Moat Brae Trust join us this year and look forward to an inspiring and activity packed day over at Moat Brae”.

Moat Brae is due to open as a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in 2018.  The house has been saved from demolition and is mid-restoration.  The building has been made safe, wind and watertight but is not yet fully accessible. This event will be one of the final opportunities to step inside the empty building before contractors move in to complete the restoration and build of the exciting new visitor attraction.

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