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.
This year is proving to be a very busy and exciting one, in May we had our eight day festival, which involved 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. During which, 10,920 children and families came and experienced the arts either as audiences, as learners or as creators of their own art.
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. This Summer, brand new play Sylvia South and the Word Catcher written by Finegan Kruckemeyer will embark on its tour for family audiences. We've launched phase 3 of Tiny Sparks, and an eleven week residency with two musicians working in children's centres in Braunstone and Thurnby Lodge was completed from February – May. School children from four local schools have recently worked with a poet in residence to complete the Powerful Words project, part of which involved performing in a poetry slam during the Spark 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 June.