• A splash of cultural sunshine!

    A splash of cultural sunshine!

The Spark Festival

Monday 8 - Saturday 20 February 2021

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The Spark Festival 2020 Programme

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).

What's On Today - Sat 20 Feb

Check out all the fantastic events available at The Spark Festival today.

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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

  • Tales from the Forest

    Tales from the Forest

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

  • Potato Needs a Bath - film

    Potato Needs a Bath - film

    "I defy anyone of any age not to be entertained by this" Justine Blundell, The Edinburgh Guide Review

  • Tribe


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

  • The Sofa Dance

    The Sofa Dance

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

Our Partners

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