The Biggest Weekend Fringe is a creative and comprehensive 10-day outreach programme which will take place in the lead up to The Biggest Weekend.
The Fringe will include live musical performances, industry insight, workshops and Q&A’s with BBC Radio DJ’s and influential figures, a UK wide tour with BBC Music Introducing, a new Ten Piecesinitiative, Radio 1’s Academy, employability events, work experience opportunities for young people plus lots more.
There will be a number of BBC outreach projects including:
- The Fringe will work in partnership with the Perth Arts Festival to record a concert with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest Marc Almond for Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.
- Radio 2’s very own Ken Bruce will be in the city for a special Q&A
- BBC Radio Scotland‘s new and alternative music DJ Vic Galloway will broadcast his show live from Perth, featuring new and emerging BBC Music Introducing artists.
- The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with The L.A.B. Scotland will be visiting a Primary School in Perth and Kinross to work with pupils on a creative music and digital project. Alongside a composer and players from the orchestra, young people will write, perform and film their own brand-new musical story
BBC Music will also be producing several music workshops and masterclasses with PRS for Music, featuring some big names in songwriting. These will take place in all 4 host cities for aspiring local songwriters and musicians.
Employability Events + Work Experience
Throughout The Fringe, influential figures from across the creative industries will deliver hands on workshops providing young people with the tools, contacts and information they need to take the next step in their creative career as well as the opportunity to learn about the music industry from some of the biggest names in the business.
The Fringe will be partnering up with organisations such as Freeformers, The Social and Oh Yeah Studio to run an employability event for 16-24 year olds. The event aims to target hundreds of young people across the four host cities and with a combination of workshops, Q&A’s and networking opportunities to provide them with relevant digital, creative and employability skills.
To find out how to sign up for these events head to BBC Shows and Tours
There will also be over 75 work experience placements to work at The Biggest Weekend itself in several roles with artist liaison, TV and radio production, live music and events.
BBC Ten Pieces – No Place Like Challenge
The No Place Like Challenge project encourages school children to create their own version of Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like, a piece which is one of this year’s set of Ten Pieces, celebrating what is special and unique about their home town or school.
In celebration of The Biggest Weekend hundreds of schools across the UK will be holding Ten Piecesassemblies. These will offer children the chance to get creative with, and celebrate music with the BBC.