About The Spark
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 the summer. Throughout the year we also facilitate and commission a range of events & projects which complement and extend the work of the festival.
As an organisation, The Spark collaborates with exciting artists from around the world creating innovative and inspiring work and actively supports the creative development of artists and educators. We know that experiencing the arts at an early age can be life-changing and as an organisation we are working to protect access to the arts for young people.
The Spark is one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations. We also received funding from Leicester City Council.
The Spark Arts for Children exists to enable children to enjoy the opportunities for discovery offered by the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.
About The Spark Festival
Founded in 2003, The Spark Children's Arts Festival is a two-week summer festival of the performing and visual arts for children in Leicester and Leicestershire. It has grown over the past thirteen years driven by the belief that the arts are crucial to a child's development and well-being.
The festival aims for variety and access - to create as many opportunities as possible for children to engage with a wide range of performances and events in a variety of settings:
- Professional theatres
- 'On Your Doorstep' - community venues, parks, libraries, on occasion a swimming pool!
The Spark works closely with all presenting venues, and with local authorities to programme and present events
The programme aims to present a variety of work, from puppetry to contemporary dance, that is specially created for children by a range of regional, national and international companies. Last year we presented 147 events to over 13,600 people.
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