LEICESTER SET TO ‘SPARKLE’ THIS SUMMER!
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to keep the children entertained and like the sound of finger-puppetry, opera for babies, musical adaptations, plays and storytelling, then you’ll be on to a winner with The Spark Children’s Festival!
From 31st May – 12th June, this popular Festival returns to Leicester with an exciting programme packed with outstanding arts events to inspire and delight younger audiences. The Spark Festival has entertained almost 80,000 children since it began in 2003 and offers the perfect solution for parents from looking for new and exciting things to inspire and entertain the kids during the summer.
Last year around 14,500 people enjoyed Spark events during the two weeks aimed especially at children aged between 0 -13, and this summer venues across Leicester will once again be buzzing with Sparky fun.
A sparkly ‘gem’ in the 2011 programme is the incredible finger puppeteer Lejo, who will delight audiences with his unique style of puppetry in Hands Up at Curve on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June. With the help of some googly eyes and a few tiny props, Lejo’s hands come to life as characters ranging from a hyperactive pianist to a cool DJ in hilarious mini-adventures.
Wonderful family shows are also on offer, including a brand new musical play, Mr.Stink. This hilarious adventure based on the book by David Walliams will take to the stage at Curve from Wednesday 1st June until Saturday 4th June.
Elsewhere in the city at DeMontfort Hall, they’ve got The Tiger Who Came To Tea, a musical based on the picture book by Judith Kerr. It runs from Wednesday 8 June, to Friday 10 June.
The famous Little O puppet will also be making an appearance during the action-packed two-weeks. Created by a group of children for the 2009 Spark Festival, Little O will be travelling to the different venues across Leicester to wow the crowds as she comes to life with her colourful and vibrant design, so make sure you keep a look-out for her!
If the kids fancy getting involved, they can take part in the festival’s First Spark programme for pre-schoolers where they can interact with performers and props with the groups Box, Five, Rip Fold and Scrunch.
There are many more events taking place during this family-friendly festival. For more information. Visit: www.sparkfestival.co.uk