The Spark Arts For Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.
The Spark creates an annual festival for children hosted by venues across Leicester during May and June. Throughout the year we also facilitate and commission a range of events & projects which complement and extend the work of the festival.
We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and in July we received confirmation that we will retain this status for another four years with an increase in annual funds. Find out more here.
This year is proving to be a very busy and exciting one. In May we had our festival which was attended by over 10,000 children and families. There were 45 performances in 23 schools, 10 productions in 3 local venues, 16 free family events across 8 venues as part of the City Playground and 2 park events all in the space of eight days.
As part of the Among Ideal Friends theatre touring consortium in partnership with Libraries in the East Midlands, dance theatre performance: Where the River Runs toured for family and school audiences at Easter and this Summer, brand new play Sylvia South and the Word Catcher written by Finegan Kruckemeyer will embark on its tour for family audiences.
We have had a number of successful Artist in residence programmes. Earlier in the year we launched phase 3 of Tiny Sparks which involved an eleven week residency between February and May. Two musicians worked with early years, families and staff in children's centres in Braunstone and Thurnby Lodge. School children from four local schools worked with poet John Berkavitch to complete the Powerful Words project, part of which involved performing in a poetry slam during the Spark Festival. Professional musician Adriano Adelewale also led a music project to capture the cultural diversity and history of Leicester. Three local schools took part in the Sonic Portraits project and also performed during the festival. In March we held our first event as part of the cultural education partnership The City Classroom and the next event will be a summit in October.