Group Hug

What is the longest hug you’ve ever had?

Group Hug (2018) is a intergenerational performance that gently invites the audience to stop, watch, listen and maybe even join in. Celebrating human connection, the work explores loneliness, intimacy and the joy of being part of something bigger than yourself. Group Hug was first imagined as part of the PUSH (over)protection Lab in Belgium. In response to thinking about taking risks, creating connections, public space and touch.

See Group Hug as part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival Opening Weekend on Sunday 27th May at 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 at National Museum of Scotland.

Concept & Choreography – Hannah Venet
Sound Design – Caitlin Mulgrew
Performers – Lyra Young Artists, PRIME, Lou Brodie, Mark Bleakley, Claricia Kruithof & Misa Brzezicki
Choir – Primary 5 pupils from Bun-sgoil Taobh na Páirce
Song – Postcards From Italy by Beirut
Print Design – Valerie Reid

Thanks to all the performers, staff and parents at Bun-sgoil Taobh na Páirce, LYA Chaperones, Philip Pinsky and Joel Venet. Thanks also to the other PUSH artists and Jasper Džuki Jelen who helped spark the idea

Group Hug is a TIN CRATE production, we make experimental, contemporary performances in collaboration with young people.



Supported by Imaginate, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo & The City of Edinburgh Council, Dance Base and Lyra.