GAF 2019 exceeds expectations!



The Griffin Arts Festival is a Proud Tradition within the Griffin Schools Trust’s (GST) event calendar. In its 6th year, the Griffin Arts Festival has taken the lead in being one of the most exciting Trust-Wide events of the year!

Throughout the last fortnight, students have enjoyed inspirational cultural experiences and explored key world issues through the theme of Green Planet.

Providing a range of real and purposeful opportunities for the children to express themselves is a vital part of a Griffin experience. The children embraced working together as well as with a host of talented artistic professionals who provided creative, high-quality sessions.

To kick off the first week of the Griffin Arts Festival, 100 Year 5 students from our family of schools accompanied by 21 secondary students travelled to London. Hosted by our London schools, Riverley and Willow Brook, students to took part in an immersive timetable aimed at enriching their cultural understanding and broadening their artistic heritage. Students and staff camped at Willow Brook Primary for four days, where the school was transformed to give it a festival feeling.

The London Griffin Arts Festival (LGAF) programme of workshops and performances included:

  • The Barbican Big Adventure Trail: A self-guided exploration of the Barbican – London’s largest multi-arts centre.
  • A behind the scenes tour of the historic Royal Albert Hall
  • A visit to the V&A Museum to explore the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, spanning 5,000 years and 4 continents
  • A matinee performance of the world renowned West End show Wicked at the Apollo Theatre
  • A performance by one of our secondary schools called About a Leak!
  • ‘Of the People’ – an exuberant musical performance by culturally diverse quintet Kabantu
  • Shakespeare being brought to life at the Globe Theatre, followed by a tour of the venue
  • Contemporary art forms at the Tate Modern before heading to the National Gallery to draw comparisons with earlier collections
  • An audience with Steve Cole, author and poet.
  • A classical evening with our very own Night At The Proms brought to us by The London Gay Symphonic Wind Orchestra, supported by a GST student band.

Back in schools across the fortnight, students engaged in various artistic workshops, performances and exhibitions – all inspired by the Green Planet theme.

Schools across the Trust also became hosts and organisers for a range of events for their local communities to form part of the GAF Brochure 2019!

Click here to download the GAF 2019 Brochure.

It has been a tremendous two weeks – a true celebration of the arts!