Ignition is a 6 month project taking place in Shetland and produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Shetland Arts. It is looking at the role of the car in our lives and asks the questions: What is the car doing for us? and What is the car doing to us?

We are hoping that all Shetlanders will join us in a series of fun engagement activities that will focus on the car and where we can share and collect car and travel-related stories. We would love the public to come along to these activities and join in. By sharing your thoughts, work and stories you can be a part of the final Ignition performances that will be taking place in March 2013.

The upcoming events are:

Music Open Sessions 12-17 December, 6-9pm Join Ignition Composer Hugh Nankevill and help create and play a new piece car-related music for The Road. Bring an instrument if you have one. All ages and abilities welcome. 12 Dec, Baltasound Hall, Unst 13 Dec, Mid Yell Hall, Yell 14 Dec, Ollaberry Hall, Northmavine 17 Dec, Carnegie Hall, Sandwick

The Road: Open Family Music Sessions 15 December, 10.30am-1pm, Mareel, Lerwick An open music session for everyone to come and create music with Ignition Composer Hugh Nankivell, based on the road that runs from Skaw to Sumburgh. Bring an instrument if you have one. All ages and abilities welcome.

Sunday Tea on Wheels & Car Yarns ‘The Final Purl’ 16 December, 12-5pm, Brae Youth Centre The White Wife is back on the road with her Sunday Tea on Wheels. As well as enjoying a cup of tea and some home baking you can take part in the final Car Yarns event and help them finish knitting a Shetland wool cover for a car. The panels will be sewn together and the car dressed with its cover at the Ignition Open Day on 12 January at the Mareel.

On Da Buses 17-21 December The White Wife will be resident in the back of the Shetland buses collecting travel stories and exploring the use, and need, for public transport. You can find her on the following buses: Mon 17 Dec – Number 23 Tue 18 Dec – Number 1 (am) Number 2 (pm) Wed 19 Dec – Number 6 Thu 20 Dec – Number 9 (am) North Isles (Lerwick-Unst) (pm) Fri 21 Dec – North Isles (Baltasound-Lerwick)

We will also be hosting the Ignition Open Day & Media Call on Saturday 12 January at Mareel, Lerwick  - everyone is welcome to come along and join in the Ignition journey with a day full of car-related activities.

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