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Creating Community in a Digital World

Creating Community in a Digital World

Posted: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:16

The start of 2021 saw us in another national lockdown resulting in our 2021 Festival moving entirely online, presenting us with sudden and unexpected challenges that we have not had to navigate before. How do we produce a festival online that has the energy and vibrancy of our physical festival, and how do we support our regular communities? Read More »

Tags: 2021, Community, Digital, The Spark Festival, collaborative creativity, lockdown, sense of occasion, shared experiences, unique opportunities

The Spark champions learning through music for the under 5s

The Spark champions learning through music for the under 5s

Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:00

The Spark has been awarded £95,390 from Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to support musicians and early years practitioners to be 'music champions'. The project will promote the role music plays in the development of children aged 0 - 4 years through a newly created Leicester/shire Music Champions & Early Years Music Network. Read More »

Tags: Tiny Sparks, early years, music champions, network

The Spark appoint new Associate Directors

The Spark appoint new Associate Directors

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:26

The Spark are delighted to announce the appointment of Trina Haldar and Daryl Beeton as Associate Directors.

October will be a bright and bold month as The Spark welcomes Trina Haldar and Daryl Beeton into their roles as Associate Directors.

The new Associate Director roles place artists at the heart of The Spark's decision-making processes, working closely with the Director and the rest of The Spark team, Stakeholders and children of Leicester. Read More »

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The Spark Festival is moving

The Spark Festival is moving

Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:00

The Spark Festival is moving from its regular slot in May to February. Read More »

Tags: 2020, Festival

Among Ideal Friends Funding Success 2018

Among Ideal Friends Funding Success 2018

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:28

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce our successful funding bid to expand Among Ideal Friends, a collaboration with five library services in the East Midlands- Leicester, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. It will create and tour high quality, family theatre performances and workshop activities, inspired by books and stories for children aged 5 to 11 years. With this funding we can provide and produce more fantastic shows like Sylvia South and the Word Catcher which toured in 2017 as part of the programme. Read More »

Tags: Among Ideal Friends, News

The Spark Arts for Children celebrates funding success

The Spark Arts for Children celebrates funding success

Posted: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00

The Spark Arts for Children has received an uplift in funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

The Spark will continue to run its annual Festival and to offer children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and creators of their own art, throughout the year in schools, libraries and community settings. Additional funding for Vital Spark will enable The Spark to lead the conversation of diversity in the arts for young people and produce vibrant and diverse new work for children and families. Read More »

Tags: Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisation, Spark Arts for Children

Beaumont Leys receives Big Lottery Funding – Big Celebration for Community event

Beaumont Leys receives Big Lottery Funding – Big Celebration for Community event

Posted: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:37

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery – Big Celebration and support from Leicester City Council and Arts Council England, Artist in residence Jayne Williams has been working with the local community to curate a Big Celebration event. The event for residents past and present will take place in Beaumont Leys Library on Saturday 18 March and will be a coming together of community groups, friends, family and neighbours for a programme packed full of creativity. There'll be music, dance, spoken word, poetry, stories, rap, brass band, free food and art exhibitions.

Tags: Funding, Leicester Libraries

Among Ideal Friends upcoming tour

Among Ideal Friends upcoming tour

Posted: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:01

We're now into our fourth season of Among Ideal Friends and in just a few weeks the captivating and enthralling dance performance piece Where the River Runs will embark on a library tour across the East Midlands.

Kicking off in Nottinghamshire and ending in Leicester, this is a dynamic and beautiful family friendly piece that is ideal for audiences aged 5+.

Plans are already shaping up for season five, so look out for more unforgettable live theatre experiences in your local library.

Tags: Leicester Libraries, Spark Arts for Children

The Spark receives Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding

The Spark receives Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding

Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:40

The Spark is delighted to announce Among Ideal Friends has been awarded Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding.Among Ideal Friends is a new theatre touring consortium developed by The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with Libraries in the East Midlands. The Spark will be touring theatre performances and workshops to Libraries in Leicester City, Leicestershire County in partnership with Rutland, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County. Inspired by books and stories for children 5-11 years, the tour will give families and schools new opportunities to take part in arts and culture at venues on their doorstep. Read More »

Tags: Among Ideal Friends, Arts Council England, Spark Arts for Children

Storychair takes root at St Barnabas Library

Storychair takes root at St Barnabas Library

Posted: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:30

Mister Tootles Storychair was officially unveiled at St Barnabas Library on Saturday 30th January 2016.

Children are invited to climb into the magical tree and enter a secret, underground world. Once inside they can interact with sliding doors, pegs and boxes to reveal miniature worlds and release stories from the trees roots.

Mister Tootles Storychair is part of Imaginative Spaces, a project by The Spark Arts for Children working closely with Leicester Library Services, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.Click Here to find out more about the Storychair. Read More »

Tags: Imaginative Spaces, Leicester Libraries, Spark Arts for Children, St Barnabas Library, Storychair

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