Safe to Be Me™ Festival is an opportunity for schools and young people aged 10-23 to explore their identities through creative, interactive experiences and digital dance workshops, running 10-31 May 2021.

Safe to Be Me™ supports young people to feel safe and confident in who they are. During the three-week digital festival, sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments, young people will address topics such as homophobia, racism, ableism, transphobia, bigotry and family diversity (in line with key Scottish Government targets).

  • Dance workshops will introduce the core project themes and teach movement and expression. The young people will work creatively with experienced dance practitioners exploring: ethnicity, family makeup, LGBTQ and disability.
  • Opportunities to hear from inspiring professional dancers from a wide range of backgrounds sharing their experiences in the professional world of dance.
  • Exciting interactive digital experiences including filmmaking workshops and a filmmaking challenge, empowering young people with the skills to create and express themselves through film.
  • Dance and literacy workshops exploring poetry and creative expression. 

Having already engaged over 1,200 young people in primary schools across Scotland, we're excited to bring Safe to Be Me™ to a digital platform in 2021 and support more young people to explore diversity and inclusion. 


Safe to Be Me is proudly sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments.

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We've gathered a list of support resources below that we thought you may find useful. Any information signposted from other organisations are for reference purposes only and do not constitute any form of recommendation, endorsement or guidance by Scottish Ballet.

ChildlineConyachDisability Equality ScotlandFFlagGendered intelligenceIndepen-danceIntercultural Youth ScotlandLGBT FoundationLGBT Youth ScotlandMermaidsNil by mouthSamH (Scotland's Mental Health Charity), Sparklethe Proud TrustYoung Scot.

Safe to Be Me™ and the Safe to Be Me™ festival is proudly sponsored by

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‘We’re thrilled to continue our support of the pioneering ‘Safe to be Me’ programme which acts as a powerful tool to help Scotland’s children develop compassion for others and confidence in themselves. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Scottish Ballet we’ve been able to move the project online, using dance to engage with a wider group of children, all with different backgrounds and different needs. Not only will the programme continue to encourage acceptance and inclusion amongst all the participants, it will help them prepare to thrive in an exponentially diverse world.’

Lynne Connolly, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Aberdeen Standard Investments

With thanks to our partners:

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As well as those who have helped us with resourcing Birds of Paradise, LGBT Foundation, SAMH, Sparkle, The Proud Trust, and Young Scot.