The 21st Spark Festival

Girl holding colourful sticky tape over her eyes with a white logo that says "The Spark Festival"

18th-25th May 2024

7 Days, 34 performances and 15 chances to Give it a Go! The Spark Festival is packed with incredible events for families.

See a show

Want to see a family gig to get you up on your feet dancing, or even a show about a strange creature from another world?


Delighted children watch the performance of Four Go Wild in Wellies

At Your School

One of the coolest things about The Spark Festival each year is that thousands of schoolchildren across Leicester/shire get to experience world class music, dance, and theatre right on their doorstep with ‘At Your School’ before anyone else.

This year they’ll be seeing theatre and dance with Belongings, Birdie, and The Sticky Dance and music with Indo-Jazz. All specially curated for schoolchildren to bring some Sparky magic and joy into their schools.

If you’d like to book a performance for your school hall during the festival you can see what shows are available for schools here. Limited shows left. Don’t miss out!

About your visit


Find out more about your visit to The Festival

Access at the Festival

We understand that not all of the festival may be accessible to you. Whilst our programme is a mixture of art forms some events are naturally more accessible to different audiences. All our events are wheelchair accessible and we ensure that specific access provisions are in place for areas of the programme to ensure the work can be seen by the widest audiences.

Principle festival partner

The Spark Arts for Children are excited to announce De Montfort University as a Principal Festival Partner. The organisations will work in partnership over a three year period to deliver a number of projects, activities and research projects exploring child voice, creativity and co-creation.

Festival Partners

The Spark Arts for Children funders and supporters