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The Spark Arts for Children

The Spark Arts for Children exists to enable children to enjoy the opportunities for discovery offered by the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art. The Spark present an annual festival in Leicester schools, theatres and community venues in May each year, which has grown to become the largest independent arts festival especially for children in England and Wales.

Outside of the festival The Spark develop and deliver bespoke learning and participation programmes alongside new commissions for children aged 0-13 and their families.  This year round programme complements and extends the work of the festival in a format that encourages families to experience high quality arts productions and activities.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £80,400
  • 2013-2014: £82,249
  • 2014-2015: £84,388

Video feed

Everybody's Reading Film

This film was created as part of the Everybody's Reading Festival in Leicester, supported by Whatever It Takes. It was part of the "Imaginative Spaces" project by The Spark Arts for Children and Leicester Libraries, funded by Arts Council England. Thanks to Artist in Residence at The BRITE Centre, Jayne Williams. Film by Gareth Moulton of Curved Light Media.

Word Wednesday

The Spark and Leicester Libraries created "Word Wednesdays" as part of the Imaginative Spaces project at The BRITE Centre in Leicester.

The Spark Festival 2014

The Spark Arts for Children presents a a glimpse into the Spark Festival 2014 and the reactions of the children and teachers that experienced it.

Tree Child - Behind the Scenes

"Tree Child" is a new play for children aged 8+, commissioned by The Spark Arts For Children, which toured into Leicester and Leicestershire libraries in summer 2013. Here some of the people involved in the production, including teachers and librarians, talk about their experiences developing this new piece of theatre for libraries.. Written by Joseph Coelho and directed by Philip Osment with design by Sue Pyecroft and music by Arun Ghosh, the production formed part of the Summer Reading Challenge. It was funded by ACE through the Strategic Touring programme. Video by Ashok D Mistry

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Tree Child - working with schools

Joseph Coelho talks about the process of developing the "Tree Child" story with children from two schools in Leicester. "Tree Child" is a new play for childen aged 8+, commissioned by The Spark Arts For Children to tour into Leicester and Leicestershire libraries this summer 2013. Written by Joseph Coelho and directed by Philip Osment with design by Sue Pyecroft, the production will form part of the Summer Reading Challenge. For information about dates and venues please visit www.thesparkarts.co.uk Video by Ashok Mistry.

Tree Child rehearsals week 2

"Tree Child" is a new play for childen aged 8+, commissioned by The Spark Arts For Children to tour into Leicester and Leicestershire libraries this summer 2013. Written by Joseph Coelho and directed by Philip Osment with design by Sue Pyecroft, the production will form part of the Summer Reading Challenge. For information about dates and venues please visit www.thesparkarts.co.uk Video by Ashok Mistry.

Tree Child - Trailer Week One

"Tree Child" is a new play for childen aged 8+, commissioned by The Spark Arts For Children to tour into Leicester and Leicester city libraries this summer 2013. Written by Joseph Coelho and directed by Philip Osment with design by Sue Pyecroft, the production will form part of the Summer Reading Challenge. For information about dates and venues please visit www.thesparkarts.co.uk Video by Ashok Mistry.

Spark Festival 2012 - Jump in performances

The Spark Festival and Curve theatre are delighted to be part of the Jump In Festival, bringing 3 exciting international companies to Leicester. The East Midlands Children's Theatre Consortium has been working together since 2005 to bring high quality international work aimed at children and families to the region. In 2012, we have gone a giant step further. And we are thrilled to bring four fantastic companies to the East Midlands as part of the regional Cultural Olympiad. The performances -- from Scotland, Italy, Canada and Spain -- and all award-winning. Each one is different, and ticket prices suit all pockets. The performances are made especially for children and their families; so whether you're aged two or 92, Jump In will knock your socks off! With funding from Legacy Trust UK through Igniting Ambition, and Arts Council England, the consortium has expanded to introduce this brilliant, colourful and vibrant work to Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Film created by ventmedia.co.uk

Snakey Path

Video of the naming ceremony for the new Play Space on Braunstone Park, Leicester

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Contact details

www.sparkfestival.co.uk

Lcb Depot, 31
Rutland Street
Leicester
LE1 1RE

52.63419, -1.12645

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