Project Genie

Developed and delivered by the The Lyceum’s Creative Learning Department, Project Genie was the sixth project in our Creative Pathways Programme which is an innovative, interdisciplinary learning programme for children. Through the project, we aim to bring the benefits of participating in a high quality arts project to over 1000 young people who would be unlikely to have access to the arts otherwise.

Project Genie participants explored the themes of The Arabian Nights through multi-sensory inspiration boxes, and worked with professional artists on a range of creative activities to develop their own creative response which was shared with family, friends and the wider community at the end of the project. The project was process driven, with each young person being encouraged to have a role in determining and creating their performance, thereby ensuring we had a deep and meaningful impact on the young people and family groups that took part.

From kidnapped princesses, Irn Bru Genies and magic pizzas, to tea-parties, an interactive Arabian marketplace and the launch of new band The Sesames, we were amazed at the number of ways in which the groups decided to take their explorations! Participants were also invited to The Lyceum to attend a backstage tour and to see our professional production.

Read more in the Project Genie report here:


"The pupils got so much out of each session and have memories they will treasure for a long time. Many of my pupils have developed new skills or have reinforced previous skills in a different context, and are able to identify potential opportunities for employment in the future." Primary Teacher, participating school

"We can't thank you enough for providing this experience. From the outside, I can see how the classes had an impact: they allowed participants to try something new and challenge themselves, they got to know the Lyceum and its work, and also it helped participants forge new friendships." Community Group Coordinator

To read about previous Creative Pathways projects, please use the links below:

Project BFG

Project Dream

Project Scrooge

Project Narnia

Project Wonderland


Project Genie was made possible with the generous support of:

Baillie Gifford; Cruden Foundation Limited; The Educational Institute of Scotland; Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust; The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust; Ponton House Trust; The Robertson Trust; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.


Photography by Aly Wight.