Festival Information

The Festival is very different this year and we wanted to share with you the ways you can access the events.

Digital Live

Digital Live events will be presented on Zoom. Some will be:

  1. Concert style - where you can watch but won't be able to turn your camera or microphone on
  2. Workshop style - where you can watch and be encouraged to turn your camera or microphone on

Before the live event, make sure you have downloaded the Zoom app (click here to download), signed up and familiarised yourself with its features. For the best experience please ensure you have downloaded/updated to the latest version of Zoom. You can find details on Zoom's accessibility features here.

You will be sent the Zoom link and password one day before the event and a reminder one hour before- so make sure you check your spam.

If you have any trouble accessing the event please click this link for the Help Desk

On Demand

On demand Films or Audio Dramas will be available from Saturday 13 Feb at 11am. You will be sent a link to a page on the Spark website where you can view the main film / audio, as well as bonus films and activities.


Workshop are being run by our partners at 14:48, Leicester Gallery, LCB Depot and Pedestrian Arts. All bookings are via them - please see the individual event pages.

Live event Guidelines

FOR ALL ZOOM EVENTS (Concert and Workshop style)

Please Do...

  • Find the best place in your home for Wifi signal
  • Be respectful of everyone in the session when using the chat.
  • Let other people in your household know you are attending a live event

Please Do Not…

  • Share this link and password with anyone else
  • Use your full name or that of your child for your screen name. First names are fine.
  • Leave any under 18s by themselves. Children and young people must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • use your phone or tablet to record or take any screenshots.


Please Do...

  • Make sure there is nothing in sight of your camera that you don't want strangers to see!
  • Wear appropriate clothing!
  • Mute your microphone when you are not talking – our Zoom Stage Manager will be on hand to help with this
  • Follow the instructions given to you by your hosts
  • Keep your camera on unless told otherwise, or you need the camera switched off due to your access requirements.

Please Do Not

  • Leave any under 18s in the zoom window by themselves. Children and young people must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • use your phone or tablet to record or take any screenshots of this session. The session will not be recorded by the host unless all participants consent.

Please be aware that if there are concerns are related to a child's or parent's well-being our usual safeguarding responsibilities will still apply. Click here for our full Online Safeguarding Policy

A Safe Space

Here at The Spark, we are always working to provide safe spaces free from bullying, and would like to share some guidelines for these events.

  • We will treat one another with kindness and respect at all times.
  • If we find ourselves not feeling safe, we will speak out knowing that our voices will be heard and taken seriously.
  • Only together can we make The Spark Arts for Children a Safe Space.

Someone from The Spark team will be monitoring each event. If you would like to raise any issues or report behaviour not aligned with The Spark safe spaces ethos, please message them in the Chat and they will email you once the event has ended.

More Information

Age Recommendations
To ensure everyone has the best possible experience please follow the suggested age suitability guidelines. All Spark Festival 2021 tickets are for one Family on one device.

Unaccompanied Children
All shows, events and workshops are designed for children under 13 to be accompanied by an adult.

Booking Tickets
Links to book online are featured on each listing in the festival programme. If you have problems booking, please email tickets@thesparkarts.co.uk or call 0116 261 6893.

On Demand films and Live Streams will have captioning.

Photography and Recording
Please do not record or photograph the screen during the events.