About the 2011 Festival

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The Spark Children’s Arts Festival returned to Leicester in June 2011 with an exciting programme packed with outstanding arts events to inspire and delight younger audiences. . From 31st May until 12th June this year around 12,600 people enjoyed Spark events during the two weeks of arts festivities especially for children aged 0-13. Venues across Leicester were buzzing with a Sparky feast of theatre, puppetry, dance, storytelling, music, visual arts and even baby opera!

This year, The Spark was thrilled to present the new musical play, Mr Stink the hilarious adventure based on the book by David Walliams. Curve also hosted The Spark's stunning dance performances for children during the week of 6th June from the highly acclaimed Ludus Dance and Theatre Hullabaloo.

Curve acted as a 'hub' for The Spark this year with the 'Play-Ground' offering lots of hands-on family activities to coincide with an exciting programme of children's shows and workshops. Half term was spent exploring the theatre with family-friendly interactive back-stage tours, and playing pretend in the dressing-up costume corner and joining in with puppet-making and storytelling treats all free of charge.

First Spark, The festival's programme of work created especially for pre-school children was bigger and brighter this year with performances and workshops designed to engage even the tiniest tots. This year, The Spark presented an incredible experience for babies and their grown ups with Baby O, from Scottish National Opera. Baby O, the wonderful Box from Body of Art, a magical dance show featuring dancers, bubbles, wrapping paper, ribbons and lots of boxes, and Rip Fold Scrunch from Half Moon Theatre Company delighted pre-schoolers with a journey into the multicoloured world of friendship.

A Sparkly 'gem' in the 2011 programme was the incredible finger puppeteer Lejo who delighted audiences with his unique style of puppetry in Hands Up. Following the success of last year's sell-out open air performance at Leicester Botanic Gardens, families again enjoyed a magical Pied Piper promenade experience on the festival's final weekend. And there was even a pop-up gallery to look out for with an exhibition of portraiture created and curated by local schoolchildren in the city centre during the festival.

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