In its fourteenth year conFAB will focus on a range of projects of varying scale. Much of our work this year will also involve planning projects for 2019 and beyond:

Scottish Youth Poetry Slam 2018

Twelve groups of young people from across Scotland will compete for the title of Scottish Youth Poetry Slam Master 2018. This year we are joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra who will be providing music workshops alongside the poetry to put the group poems to music.

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Partners: RSNO, Dyslexia Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library, Inverclyde Council, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Council, Glasgow Life, Macrobert Arts Centre, Beacon Arts Centre

Funded by: Big Lottery - Young Start, Event Scotland - Year of Young People, Glasgow City Council

20 Seward Street

A new opera that explores the issues around migration. To be performed by professional opera singers and musicians, supported by a chorus of community singers from the migrant and wider communities in Glasgow: Irish, Jewish, Asian, Eastern European and Refugees from across the globe.

Partners: Scottish Refugee Council, Music Co-operative Scotland, Maryhill Integration Network

Funded by: Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund

Out of Harm

Following on from the overwhelming response to the Out of Harm Tool Kit in 2017 Therapeutic Storyteller Wendy Woolfson, Senior Family Development Worker, Quarriers Andrea-Maria McGowan and Artist/illustrator Rosie Cunningham will collaborate with 10-12-year-old young people to develop an online resource around Self-Harm targeted at 10-11yrs which will include stories they have written and a comic they have developed that raises awareness of Self-Harm for 10-11year olds. 

Partners: Quarriers 

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Subject to funding

Everyday Racism

Everyday Racism is an exhibition of visually themed, environmental portraiture that places the viewer in the position of experiencing racial macroaggressions.

Partners: Maryhill Integration Network, Women's Library

Subject to funding

First Feet

Philippa Clarke will take up a part time residency in the Young Parents Support Base to facilitate a sustained creative interaction with the young parents.

Partners: Young Parents Support Base, Smithycroft Secondary School

Subject to funding


Journey uses shadow puppetry to explore the issues around Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) with an audience of older people who have had little or no opportunity to work through their own experiences of CSA yet have lived with the impact of that CSA all their lives. Puppetry allows for a non-threatening way to explore the issues and will be further supported by after show discussions facilitated by trained mental health support workers

Partners: See Me

Subject to funding

Planning 2019+

The Gates

West Side Story meets Cabaret in this passionate, extravaganza of 1950s Blues, Jazz, Gospel influenced musical. Post war Chelsea, London: bohemian, broad-minded and wild. A world of its own, the habitat of artists, musicians and theatricals: Quentin Crisp, Joyce Grenfell, and Joan Collins are regular visitors. The Gates is a star-crossed lovers story set against a Gangster back drop. Touring to Manchester, London and Glasgow in 2018.

Partners: Glasgow Women's Library, Queer Contact Festival, Contact Theatre, LGBT Foundation, Opening Doors London, The Vaults, 

A Thousand Kindnesses

Following the success of the launch of the production in 2015 and the highly successful tour to Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals in June and July 2016 we will continue our quest to collect a Thousand stories of kindness. We are developing an international storytelling collective between Scotland, Kosovo and Canada.

Partners: Maryhill Integration Network

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