Edinburgh Mela 'G-Force'

Edinburgh Mela 'G-Force'

In our Connecting series, artists, venues and creative projects talk about their work, their audiences and their plans  for the future.

About Cashback for Creativity

CashBack for Creativity is the cultural arm of Scottish Government’s wider CashBack for Communities programme. This unique programme reinvests criminal proceeds in some of the communities most affected by crime.

Projects like G-Force encourage participation in the arts and creative industries, and inspire young people to progress to positive destinations including training, volunteering and employment.

Here, as part of our Connecting series, Cashback For Creativity project G-Force talk about their work, their audiences and their plans for the future.


G-Force was a dynamic project where participants aged 15- 18 years learned a variety of circus and breakdance skills. The G-Force project culminated in a performance at the 2013 Edinburgh Mela.

Where did it happen?

This 8 month project offered young people from North Edinburgh the opportunity to develop their skills as dancers and performers through a programme of intensive workshops. Professional performance company Bright Night International led the way, with other selected dancers from the local breakdancing community as well as internationally renowned circus performers. The project involved a series of taster sessions which led into workshops where the participants were introduced to new skills.

Who took part?

The G-Force project engaged with minority ethnic and other hard-to-reach groups of young people, mainly in the North Edinburgh area.  Participants gained skills in performance through working alongside some of the best dancers and performers currently working in Scotland and the UK.

The audience for the Mela World Dance Feste is drawn from the entire city and many places beyond. The Mela seeks the widest possible engagement in terms of both participation and audiences.

Our partners

This Mela project was delivered in partnership with Bright Night International. Other partners included North Edinburgh Arts and the Muirhouse Youth Development Group. North Edinburgh Arts and Duncan Place Resource Centre supported the project, providing space and resources. We also worked closely with Muirhouse Youth Development Project to engage young people in the North Edinburgh area.


We are looking for funding and partners to run further programmes and hope to involve the young people from G-Force 2013 as apprentice tutors and participants.

The Bright Night International team have been engaging young people using circus for over ten years and seen these benefits time and time again across North Glasgow, East Kilbride, Dumfries and many communities in the Highlands & Islands.