• 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

Save the date - Monday 7 - Sunday 13 February 2022

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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).

The Spark Festival 2021

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the 2021 Festival - 13 incredible days packed full of vitamin D for the imagination.

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

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

  • Tribe


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

  • Mountain Goat Mountain

    Mountain Goat Mountain

    "Families all over the world need this show" seesawmag (Australia)

  • 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

  • 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

Our Partners

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