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The Spark celebrates Diamond Pork Pie anniversary with Leicester libraries

The Spark celebrates Diamond Pork Pie anniversary with Leicester libraries

Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:47

Over the last few years there has been a lot to celebrate about Leicester's rich history and heritage, and now The Spark Arts for Children is looking for residents of Leicester to help bring some more local history to life. Read More »

Tags: 75th anniversary, Heritage, History, Imaginative Spaces, Leicester, Leicester Libraries, Pork Pie Library, Southfields Library, Spark Arts for Children, memories

Spark delighted to remain part of ACE portfolio

Spark delighted to remain part of ACE portfolio

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:16

In response to the Arts Council England's portfolio funding announcement today, The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce that it will continue to be part of the Arts Council's portfolio for the next three years. The Spark became a national portfolio organisation when the programme started in 2012, and during this time has extended it's provision beyond the annual Spark Festival to delivering arts and education work for children and young people in Leicester all-year round. Read More »

Tags: 2015-18, Arts Council, Npo Funding Announcement, Spark Festival

The Spark Arts for Children to work in an exciting new arena with ambitious POP UP PLAY project

The Spark Arts for Children to work in an exciting new arena with ambitious POP UP PLAY project

Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 13:22

The Spark Arts for Children is delighted to announce an exciting new project, which it is running in partnership with De Montfort University and Digital Artist Luke Woodbury. They have been awarded £103,651 in funding from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts to develop an innovative new project called Pop Up Play exploring how digital technology can be used to engage children in learning. Read More »

Tags: DMU, Digital Immersive Technology, Look Woodbury, Mellor Primary School, NESTA, Spark Arts for Children

Imaginative Spaces launch for World Book Day 2014

Imaginative Spaces launch for World Book Day 2014

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:20

Leicester City Council's library service, Leicester Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children are launching the Imaginative Spaces project on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, in both The Brite Centre and Southfields Library. Read More »

Tags: 2014 Programme, Leicester Libraries

'Be a Hero for The Spark' Leicester schools dress up this Valentines Day

'Be a Hero for The Spark' Leicester schools dress up this Valentines Day

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:43

This Valentine's Day, Mellor Community Primary and Mowmacre Hill Primary schools in Leicester will be taking in part in the Spark Hero Day and helping to raise money for The Spark Arts for Children, responsible for putting on the annual Spark Festival - the largest children's arts festival in England and Wales. Read More »

Tags: 2014 Festival, fundraising

Slater Primary School Adopted by Pro Active Resolutions

Slater Primary School Adopted by Pro Active Resolutions

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:37

Leicester-based company Pro Active Resolutions is adopting Slater Primary School for The Spark Festival, by funding a theatre visit to see a re-telling of children's favourite story The Gruffalo. Pupils attending Slater Primary School will visit Curve to see Tall Stories' wonderful production, which will give them an experience to remember whilst also supporting the Spark's ADOPT A SCHOOL programme. Read More »

Tags: 2014 Festival, Schools Programme, fundraising

Imaginative Space Award granted to Leicester Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children

Imaginative Space Award granted to Leicester Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:33

Leicester Libraries Service (LLS) has been awarded £85,000 to deliver the Imaginative Spaces project during 2014. This important funding from Arts Council England will be used to put 'artists in residence'at two libraries in Leicester. The Spark Arts for Children will work alongside Leicester Libraries as a delivery partner in order to design and deliver the project, which supports storytelling as a medium to promote reading for pleasure and language development. Read More »

Tags: 2014 Programme, Funding, Leicester Libraries

The Spark Festival confirms brand new ‘At Your School’ programme for 2014 festival

The Spark Festival confirms brand new ‘At Your School’ programme for 2014 festival

Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:35

The Spark Festival is delighted to announce an exciting new schools theatre programme, which will tour to primary and secondary schools across Leicester city from 19 – 23 May as part of The Spark Festival 2014. Read More »

Tags: 2014 Festival, Schools Programme

The Spark to Tour New 'Tree Child' Performance to Local Libraries

The Spark to Tour New 'Tree Child' Performance to Local Libraries

Posted: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:54

The Spark is to tour a new performance to 19 libraries across Leicester and Leicestershire this summer. The play entitled Tree Child has been developed in collaboration with two Leicester primary schools in partnership with Leicester Libraries Service. Tree Child will tour from 16 July until 2 August to libraries and community venues across Leicester city and county. Read More »

Tags: 2013 Festival

The Spark Celebrates a Fantastic Festival

The Spark Celebrates a Fantastic Festival

Posted: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:27

This year's Spark Festival ran from 29 May until 9 June at venues across Leicester. The children's arts festival celebrated its 11th year with a feast of activities for all the family. Over twelve days more than 14,000 people enjoyed over 150 events ranging from cutting edge dance theatre and pre-school puppetry shows to DJing workshops and beatboxing performances. Read More »

Tags: 2013 Festival

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