Journey of a Thousand Wings

Connecting grass-roots arts & communities across continents…

Journey of a Thousand Wings has brought us together with some extraordinary people, artists and community organisations across the globe, through a series of international collaborations, exchanges, and award-winning art, music, theatre and storytelling productions.

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Haikus & Swallows – Collaborative Art Installation

The title Journey of a Thousand Wings came from a 10 year old girl in Edinburgh. It was part of a collaborative art installation exploring migration by artist Kate MacKay in which hundreds of silk swallows travelled to communities and schools across Edinburgh, then flew oversees to migrant factories & schools in Beijing, and to schools and slums in Delhi. They picked up haikus (short poems) on their wings about people’s remembered or imagined places. The swallows and their stories returned to the Edinburgh Festival for an installation at Summerhall in August 2013.  The exhibition has evolved and inspired the various projects below, and recently featured at the Southbank Centre in London.

Journey of a Thousand Wings Orchestra

Tinderbox Project @ Edinburgh Mela 2014Journey of a Thousand Wings Orchestra fuses traditional and modern-day music from different countries around the world, writing & performing original compositions, collaborating with international acts, and creating a multicultural orchestra unlike any you have heard before!

It started as a Tinderbox Orchestra course in Dec 2013, but we recently partnered with the Edinburgh Mela Festival and ran the first JOATW Orchestra in August 2014 during the Edinburgh Fringe & for the Edinburgh Mela Festival.  We are keen to make it an annual project, working with minority communities and young people from diverse cultures across Scotland throughout the year, and bringing them together through the orchestra each year.

Hand Made in China: Moons, Migration & Messages

First-hand stories of migration and daily life in China, told in a unique rickshaw theatre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

Scotsman Fringe First Award 2014 for outstanding new writing & innovation in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
“An unusual and curious idea, this is a meeting of cultures that typifies the spirit of the Fringe.” ****
 Broadway Baby
“Delicate and sweet-natured performance clashes cultures on very personal and emotive footing” ****
“Makes the consequences of globalisation personal, it’s impressively powerful stuff” ****
 The Scotsman

Beijing-Edinburgh Community Rickshaw Gallery

The Beijing Community Rickshaw Gallery is a mobile performance and exhibition space which lives in a migrant village called Ya Men Kou in West Beijing. Run by community activist Luo QiangQiang (XiaoQiang), and set up in collaboration with Tinderbox, the rickshaw travels around local communities gathering stories, showing films, and hosting exhibitions & installations.  It has also acted as mobile library for the community, collecting and sharing donated books, and as an unusual taxi service!

We recently acquired a sister rickshaw in Edinburgh for the above show. The plan is for the rickshaws to share stories and exhibitions from their local communities and to open up an unusual window between the cultures for dialogue and community exchanges.

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