About the 2014 Festival

View the 2014 Brochure.

2014 marked The Spark Festival's twelfth year in Leicester and we remain the largest independent children's arts festival in England and Wales. The 2014 programme was packed full of performances, workshops, events and free activities for families to enjoy from 19 May - 1 June.

Over the 14 days, in conjunction with our partners, we delivered 190 events across 36 venues and welcomed a staggering 24,480 people. We also welcomed 33 companies to Leicester, including 4 international companies, and over 29% of our audience experienced a free activity.

The first week of the festival took place in schools, bringing high quality performances directly to school halls in Leicestershire; including The Spark's co-production with Bamboozle Theatre Company- Jack and the Flumflum Tree which toured to special schools, before it embarked on a tour of UK theatres after the festival. This year also saw us commission a second artist, Arun Ghosh, to create Indo-Jazz for schools halls, mixing the vibrant sounds of South-Asian music with Jazz to give KS1 & KS2 pupils a unique experience.

The half term weekend kicked off a plethora of performances at Curve, Embrace Arts, The Y and Phoenix as well as two local libraries.

Alongside these performances families were invited to come and play for free in our Play-ground at Curve, to experience some digital fun at Phoenix and to re-imagine the main hall at New Walk Museum & Arts Gallery.

We also had free performances taking place across Parks in Leicester with Circle of Two's The Impossible Love Story of Bambolina & Dodo -a poetic pantomime that blended circus, theatre and puppetry through acrobatic and trapeze performances for 4+ years.

For full listings of the 2014 Festival please see the links below.

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