The Griffin Arts Festivals 2017 will take place from the 26 June – 7 July, and will explore the theme ‘Utopia’.
Our Griffin Arts Festival theme of ‘Utopia’ epitomises hope for the future and trust in how the children we teach and guide will become exemplary citizens making better choices than have many who have come before.
In 1516, English humanist Sir Thomas More published a book titled Utopia. It compared social and economic conditions in Europe with those of an ideal society on an imaginary island located off the coast of the Americas. More wanted to imply that the perfect conditions on his fictional island could never really exist, so he called it Utopia, a name he created by combining the Greek words ou (meaning ‘no, not’) and topos (meaning ‘place,’ a root used in our word topography). The earliest generic use of utopia was for an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. The current use of utopia, referring to an ideal place or society, was inspired by More’s description of Utopia’s perfection.
The intention of the Griffin Arts Festival is not only to celebrate the arts and culture for a fixed period in the summer, but to enrich the learning and teaching throughout the year by influencing curricula at all key stages. This influence should reflect age appropriate curriculum aims, while broadening horizons by engaging with such a fundamental theme as Utopia.
This exciting theme is being explored across the Griffin Schools Trust this year, not only from an artistic approach, but also from the perspective of community and science at both our Founders Day and Science Symposium.