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. The first ever Safe to Be Me™ Festival ran 10-31 May 2021, to huge success.

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 address topics such as homophobia, racism, ableism, transphobia, bigotry and family diversity (in line with key Scottish Government targets).

Dance workshops introduce the core project themes and teach movement and expression. The young people work creatively with experienced dance practitioners exploring: ethnicity, family makeup, LGBTQ and disability.

Talks in which inspiring professional dancers from a wide range of backgrounds share 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 danced with over 1,400 young people in-person in primary schools across Scotland, in 2021 we brought Safe to Be Me™ to an online platform and digitally engaged over 2000 more young people to explore diversity and inclusion. We are excited to continue this important conversation and dance with you all again very soon.


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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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