Same Difference Festival was run for a second year curated by Wolverhampton CEP (Cultural Education Partnership) working with the #YES youth board. The festival is led by young people for young people aged 11-18 years and included a range of creative activities and local live bands in West Park. A specially curated underwater sea installation Making Waves by Curiosity Productions with Cloud Cuckoo Land in the circus tent at Newhampton Arts Centre invited neurodiverse children and young people to participate and dive into this beautiful environment.
Making waves, feeling the water sway with the winds, an event where we showcased the creatures of the sea by creating origami creatures and using recycled materials for puppetry. By creating an underwater landscape scene with various textures and using rhythmic sound to recreate the calm ocean waves, we welcomed children into an all-inclusive space to enjoy various activities to create an aquatic environment. Having a circus tent space for creative activities as well as a chill out zone to process things or calm down, children could engage in a multi-sensory arts event involving dancing, creating crafts and singing. It was a wonderful experience to ensure we could support a wide range of neurodiverse young people, in the best possible way. From umbrella jellyfish to glowing origami seahorses a magical murmur in this magical space created imaginary waves as we replicated oceanic waves.