The Griffin Arts Festivals 2018 will take place from the 25 June – 6 July, and will explore the theme ‘Protest: Our voices in the world’.

Any work of art, or creative act, is an act of protest: against the norm, against the ‘old ways’ and sometimes against what is quite blatantly wrong.

It is our duty as educators and protectors of the young to guide them and teach them that often, what is going on in the world is not right. The human race is a work in progress and we need their fresh eyes to reappraise and reconnect. This is what artists do. They look at the world and re-present it in ways which highlight what is not right, while making something of beauty. This is the beginning of protest, and of making things better. Without a community of artists bringing to the fore the injustices and wrongdoings we so often take as the status quo, we might put up with them, and wait for someone else to sort out. Artists remind us there is not time to wait. There is much to fix – and celebrate! – and we’d better get to work protesting to make the world a better place.

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.

London Residential

As part of the London Griffin Arts Festival, 21 Year 10 and Sixth Form students, along with members of staff from every GST school, will be accompanying the 100 Year 5 students to London and will take part in an immersive timetable aimed at enriching their cultural understanding and broadening their artistic heritage. Due to the success of last year’s residential, this year the students and staff will be camping out at Willow Brook Primary for four days, where the school will be transformed to give a festival feeling.

What’s On

The 2018 Programme is available to view online or as download in .PDF format.

GAF Brochure V4

If you would like to book any events listed in the programme, please see the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-griffin-arts-festival-17463845136

“I will not be "famous," "great." I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”

Virgina Wolf

“Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”

Thomas More

"Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?"

Clara Schumann

“We did not ask if he had seen any monsters, for monsters have ceased to be news. There is never any shortage of horrible creatures who prey on human beings, snatch away their food, or devour whole populations; but examples of wise social planning are not so easy to find.”

Thomas More

“Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”

Thomas More