• A splash of cultural sunshine!

    A splash of cultural sunshine!

The Spark Festival

Mon 8 - Sat 20 Feb 2021 - The Festival is over thank you for your support

13 Incredible days | 56 Live performances 
19 Workshops | 7 Festival shows on demand
Over 6,000 young people and families  

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The Spark Festival 2021 Programme

Spark Festival Gallery

How have you been enjoying The Festival? Check out your fantastic films and photos

Secret Stories

Stories from the heart of Belgrave, the golden mile of Leicester.

Beautiful and often funny stories told across continents and generations, pausing to catch up on the gossip with Nanni and Nanna (Grandma and Grandad).

Poetry Project 2021

120 Leicester children have been writing poems with festival poet John Berkavitch to express their thoughts and feelings.

Doorway to the Festival

Connecting with families through letterboxes, on doorsteps and live streamed zoom sessions. Turning homes into Festival sites.

About The Festival

The Spark Festival presents unforgettable arts experiences for young people aged 0-13. The Festival takes place each year over seven days in February across the city.

The programme includes professional performances of dance, theatre and music in schools and in venues, hands on workshops in the creative arts and free family drop in activities in city venues, community centres and libraries.

Complementing these activities are the school projects, giving pupils the opportunity to collaborate and perform with world class artists.

The Festival is run by the The Spark Arts for Children, a registered charity based in Leicester creating extraordinary experiences for children, sparking creativity and change.

Festival On Demand

Our Partners

  • "Tiny Sparks" Funder
    Torr Waterfield
    Foyle Foundation
    Spark Plus Funder
    Lord Mayor's Charity of the Year
    "Tiny Sparks" Funder
  • Media Partner
    Media Partner
  • Design Partner
    Founder Member
    Media Partner
    Higher Education Partner
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Higher Education Partner
  • Torr Waterfield
  • Media Partner
    Media Partner
  • Spark Plus Funder
  • "Tiny Sparks" Funder
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Design Partner
    Foyle Foundation