Thousands take part in The Spark Festival 2022

Posted: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:27

Thousands take part in The Spark Festival 2022

"I can't wait to clap in the same room as my friends" this was a comment from school children in Leicester ahead of The Spark Festival.

The festival took place from 7-13 February. The Spark Arts for Children supported the delivery of in person performances, workshops and events and more than 10,500 people took part.

Leicester schools, cultural venues and libraries staged some of the world's best artists including home grown talent Aakash Odedra Company and Mellow Baku. Stories of overcoming the odds, kindness, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and having fun shone through at every opportunity.

Over the weekend free festival activities took place including paper play at libraries and a taster of what happens when children take charge at Curve and Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

Festival co-director, Daryl Beeton said: "We are so proud to have worked with our partners to welcome audiences back to The Spark Festival in person. We work all year round with children and artists and the festival is a way for families and schools to enjoy our work in a collective and fun way.

"As we all know Leicester experienced one of the toughest lockdowns in the country and to see local children smiling, immersed and clapping together with their friends and family was truly unforgettable. Thank you to everyone who made the festival possible. Now we're excitedly planning for the next festival."



  • Over 7 days: 190 events were delivered to just over 10,500 audiences and participants. Taking place across 15 venues there were 10 productions. 13 companies took part and the festival supported 69 artists. The festival involved over 5,300 school children in 19 schools.
  • The Spark Festival in 2021 moved completely online due to COVID-19. So to ensure 2022 was a safe as possible the Spark team worked with partners, schools and venues including implementing lower capacities and encouraging testing, vaccinations and face coverings/ventilation.

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