• Aria of Canaries Launch

    Yesterday saw the launch of our Aria of Canaries exhibtion at the National Coal Mining Museum for England as part of their 'Courage, Camaraderie and Community' exhibition. Some very moving performances by kids from schools in the North East and met some lovely people.

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  • Kidology features in Gomeran Newspaper

    Kidology Arts project 'Aria of Canaries' featured in Canary Island newspaper Gomera Noticias.

    See link below to read more about our involvement with the Silbo students on the island.

    http://www.gomeranoticias.com/article/el-alumnado-de-2ยบ-de-la-eso-del-ies-san-sebastian-de-la-gomera-participara-en-el-tour-de-fra

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  • Video Conference with Silbo Gomero students in La Gomera

    Well it's been an exciting few weeks! Over the Easter hloidays we had a video conference with 30 children from a secondary school in La Gomera during their English lesson to talk about the story behind the canaries and life in Yorkshire versus La gomera. These were the children who provided the whistled phrases for the Aria of Canaries exhibition. They were absolutedly lovely and we hope to be able to visit them over there very soon. The music/sound art in the mining museum is sounding great now too and the painted canaries are really beautiful. The whistled phrases are in Spanish and include phrases that the birds might say if they could speak, such as 'I come from a magic island where men whistle like birds' and 'Imprisoned in the mine, I imagine myself flying under the sun and whistling in La Gomeran mountains'. Many thanks for these beautifully creative phrases from the students of IES in San Sebastian de La Gomera: Rebeca Chirino Matos, Anabel Darias Acevedo, Manuel Bethencourt Padilla and of course their talented teacher Francisco J. Correa Magdalena and language adviser for schools on the island Juana M Negrin Santos.

    We also had an amazing time running family art and music workshops at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and directing visitors towards the canary trail.

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  • Young Silbadors provide Silbo Gomero for our project

    Last Tuesday, after a few technical problems we finally had our first video call with Francisco Correa, the Silbo advisor to schools on La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It was lovely to see how passionate they were about their ancient whistling language,which has been declared a Masteriece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. They were very interested in the story behind our project of how the canaries were brought over to Europe and ended up working and saving countless lives in Yorkshire's mines. Canaries live wild still on La Gomera but they had never heard of their use in the coal mines. We are extremely excited that the young Silbadors on La Gomera island will be contributing some of their own phrases to the project in Silbo. We will be speaking with them as part of their English lesson very soon.

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  • Aria of Canaries goes international!

    We were very excited yesterday to hear back from Francisco Correa - La Gomera's Silbo Schools Advisor. Silbo Gomero is an ancient whistled language unique to La Gomera that Gomerans still use to this day to communicate with each over the long distances between villlages. We want to feature the sound of Silbo in our soundscape so we are delighted that Francisco has agreed to help us. We'll be Skyping a school in La Gomera very soon to tell the children there more about Aria of Canaries. This will help them with their English and in return they have agreed to record some phrases in Silbo for us to use.

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