Cultural Ambassadors

Big Imaginations features stories, voices and performers from around the world, and we want to do everything we can to create audiences as diverse as our programme. Our network is a welcoming network, which means that we want to break down the barriers that lead to families and communities thinking that theatre ‘is not for us’. To help achieve this goal, during the 2017 Big Imaginations Festival we launched our Cultural Ambassadors programme.

Our Cultural Ambassadors were all experienced artists and educators who represented communities through culture, family, or experience – and often all three. Our cultural ambassadors came from very diverse backgrounds and have very different methods of engaging communities, but they all had the same aim: to introduce children and their families to the joys of children’s theatre. After engaging families in exciting workshops and activities, our ambassadors concluded the programme by inviting families into their local venue to see a show.


Our Cultural Ambassadors


Arun Ghosh

Arun is an award-winning clarinettist and composer of music for Big Imaginations Festival shows Tales of Birbal and Child of the Divide. His melodies and rhythms draw together jazz, hip-hop and South Asian music, with clarinet, double-bass and the dazzling, percussive sounds of the tabla. His sessions aim to bring family groups together by learning uses of instruments and storytelling, combining stories and sounds.





Sarah Atter

Sarah trained in Manchester as a classical flautist at the University of Manchester and RNCM. Since graduating she has broadened her horizons into the fields of music in healthcare, music in the community, music in education, music in criminal justice and collaborative cross-art form projects. She now works both as an independent practitioner and in partnership with other organisations and is experienced in working with hard to reach audiences, using music as a breaker of barriers.


Francesca Waite

Francesca is a theatre maker, performer and freelance participation facilitator in the north west. She makes theatre that is accessible to those who wouldn’t usually think theatre was for them and is passionate about increasing engagement with the arts, especially amongst young people. Her sessions aim to ignite interest in theatre and open new avenues of thought around the practice of performing arts.




Joe Ford

Our Art Cart ambassador Joe Ford is a visual artist based at Islington Mill in Salford. Her work often uses analogue print and photography techniques to create ephemeral worlds of dream and imagination. Joe has also been teaching visual arts workshops throughout Manchester and the North West for over six years, she is well versed in connecting creatively with communities across the region.



Kirsty Gbasai

Kirsty Gbasai is one of our visual arts CA and Art Cart facilitator. Having grown up on the outskirts of Hulme throughout the 1980’s, Kirsty is familiar with the notion of inaccessible arts and theatre. This combined with her working background in arts events and work with children, she is a firm believer in the importance of creativity within communities and the positive benefits it reaps.



Anna Daly

Anna is an independent community dance artist and trainer with over 20 years in professional community practice. An Associate Artist with both Ludus Dance and Earlyarts UK – Anna is well experienced in designing and delivering for very young children and their grown ups. Offering quality, fun, creative, full bodied engagement for real movers! (Early Yrs and Primary)