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The Spark Festival - Give it a go

Takeover: De Montfort University

Saturday 18 May 2024

Come and experience this free creative event planned and delivered by Leicester children for families from across the city.

The Spark Arts for Children and De Montford University present


Free activities during the day

Drop-in during the day to make a sculpture from recycled materials, attend a live comedy gameshow, and take part in the ‘Gallery of Greatness’ – where you can make your own medal, trophy, or award to celebrate your creative skills.

11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Comedy show for children

We’ll also be joined by Jeddybear & Gary with ‘Chemistry of Chaos’. Nominated for ‘Best Kids Show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Hull’s comedy duo are ready to unleash a scientific spectacle in this interactive show. Explore science like never before!

11.00 am and 2.00 pm

Attending this takeover

Joining in with the De Montfort University takeover is free – making it a great day out for the family. Drop-in at any time between 11.00 am and 3.00pm and stay as long as you like. Remember that, if you want to attend Jeddybear & Gary’s comedy show, these performances will take place at the set times displayed above.

Roads in the area can be busy, so we encourage you to join us using public transport if you can. There are a number of paid car parking options nearby, including on Newarke Street (LE1 5SN).

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Saturday 18 May 2024
Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University LE1 9BH
4+ (and their grown ups)

More about the takeovers

Children from Mayflower Primary and Mellor Community Primary have worked with artist Sam Redway to ‘takeover’ De Montfort University – and they’ve planned a brilliant day for you all! They will also be taking on key roles on the day itself – from hosting to assisting with activities. So come an experience a day of free creative activities for the whole family.

That’s not all! Two more schools will also be ‘taking over’ Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on the same day. Find out more about this additional takeover and, if you like, come along to both!

And there are other free events also happening at this venue on the same day. Learn about the ‘We Know Best’ workshops on our Upcoming Events page.

Pictures from previous takeovers