Specially trained artists prompt and shape creative responses from groups of young people in the Echo Eternal schools. These responses are crafted by the pupils with guidance from the artist. The final artistic expression is shared with various audiences as a tribute to the survivor.

River Rea Films and Vyka Ltd have created many of the film Echoes out of the artistic residencies in schools. 

River Rea Films is owned and operated by Mathew Beckett a Director, Filmmaker and Director of Photography.

Vyka Ltd is a Birmingham based SME, managed by Paul Davies, specialising in the creation of digital tools and compelling television. They service the learning, cultural, heritage and communities sectors.

Stan’s Café Theatre

Stan’s Café Theatre: We worked with 22 pupils from The Jewellery Quarter Academy and together we created a performance piece which became a collage of movement, poetry, music and text written by the pupils. We called the piece ‘Zigi Doesn’t Hate’.

A special moment was the opportunity to meet Zigi himself when he visited Birmingham for the project launch. The pupils were moved by his message of tolerance and respect and felt very privileged and excited to be able to meet him in person.

They were particularly inspired by the final words in Zigi’s testimony, “Do not hate”, and our piece revolved around that phrase. We remembered that Zigi was just a child when he lived through such terrible experiences and we thought about all the other children who did not survive.

We thought about all that lost potential, all those hopes and dreams that were never realised. In our performance we highlighted the potential of our young people today. The pupils shared their aspirations with the audience, their backgrounds and similarities and differences. They shared Zigi’s message that “we are all human” and they made a pledge — understanding it is not always sufficient to simply ‘not hate’, sometimes a stand has to be made.