• A splash of cultural sunshine!

    A splash of cultural sunshine!

  • A splash of cultural sunshine!

    A splash of cultural sunshine!

  • 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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Spark Festival 2022 - At Your School

The Spark Festival will be back in schools in February 2022 with an eclectic mix of dance, theatre and music.

Placing the Arts at the Heart of Learning

280 Characters (You’re Off Mute)

What if children were taken off mute?

Festival 2021 poetry project.

Giving children of Leicester a voice across the city.

Spark Festival Gallery

A few of your shared images from the 2021 Spark 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).

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

  • The Sofa Dance

    The Sofa Dance

    A short, fun film that invites you to create and share your own sofa dance

  • Grass Films: Sunny Days & Insect Hands

    Grass Films: Sunny Days & Insect Hands

    Explore the world beneath your feet in this quirky double bill of dance films that celebrates the magic of the natural world

  • Tales from the Forest

    Tales from the Forest

    Six audio tales that bring to life The Chronicles of Atom and Luna

  • Tribe


    An inclusive rainforest adventure specially produced for young autistic and neurodivergent children.

Our Partners

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