The Spark Festival 2020

The Spark Festival

The festival reached over 13,000 young people and families over 7 extraordinary days. Along with our audiences and participants we welcomed 25 artists, 18 companies and 38 delegates to be part of the magic. We shared work in 24 schools, 4 libraries and supported 40 young people to Takeover Curve and New Walk Museum as part of the family weekend.

It was a tremendous success and we would like to thank you for the part you played in making it happen.

Festival Poetry Project

Using the power of creative writing to improve literacy skills, develop confidence and self-esteem with young people.

At Your School

Bringing theatre, dance, storytelling and music to children in schools is at the heart of each festival.

Festival Music Project

A music residency and performance project working with three Leicester schools.

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.

Our Partners

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