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For children 0 - 13 years

21 - 28 May 2018

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THE SPARK IGNITES THE POTENTIAL OF ALL CHILDREN

In 2017 The Spark raised 13% of income through donations and sponsorship; this is spent keeping 25% of our festival events free for all.

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AT A GLANCE BABY DISCO: JUNGLE

Shows

Dates

Age

SKY

Sun 27 May

0 - 6 years

8

FUNKY PUNKY JAZZ PARTY!

Fri 25 & Sat 26 May

18 mths - 5 yrs

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BEDTIME STORIES

Tue 22 & Wed 23 May

2 - 5 years

6

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

Sat 26 May

2 - 8 years

8

ASTON’S STONES

Tue 22 & Wed 23 May

3+ years

7

THE EXPLODED CIRCUS

Sat 26 & Sun 27 May

3 - 6 years

10

14/48: TAKEOVER

Sat 26 & Sun 27 May

6+ years

13

ANIMUS

Mon 28 May

8+ years

16

IS THIS A DAGGER

Thu 24 May

6+ years

12

GIRL ASLEEP

Sat 26 May

8+ years

14

MUSICAL RUMPUS

Thu 24 - Sun 27 May

12+ years

16

Mon 28 May

all the family

9

Sat 26 - Mon 28 May

Suitable for all

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CITY PLAYGROUND

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The Spark takes over the city with a host of FREE bank holiday events for all the family.

WORKSHOPS

Sat 26 - Mon 28 May

ages vary

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Unleash your creativity. Make music, become a playwright, make games or visit a bazaar!

AT YOUR SCHOOL

Mon 21 - Fri 25May

World class music, dance, storytelling and theatre productions in school halls

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FIRST SPARK

“Evocative, beautiful and acrobatic” “Heavenly Joy” Audience members

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Teater Minsk (Denmark) presents

FIRST SPARK

SKY

18 months to 5 years

Lie down and look at the sky through your toes! Can you see the world upside down? Can you hear the stars? Hop onto a soft cloud and feel the wind whirling and whispering as two dancers make the space around you twist and turn. Look up or move a little closer, you may catch a glimpse of a new shape, a figure or someone dancing in the sky. Everything is in motion in this lyrical piece of dance theatre for the very young.

FRI 25 MAY 1pm & 2.30pm SAT 26 MAY 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm Running Time: 35 mins

Attenborough Arts Centre 0116 252 2455 Tickets: ÂŁ7 Buy 9 get 10th free

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FIRST SPARK

TUE 22 & WED 23 MAY 10.30am & 1.30pm

2 - 5 years

FUNKY PUNKY JAZZ PARTY! Arun Ghosh presents

Award winning clarinettist Arun Ghosh brings his exciting energy and original music back to The Spark Festival. Arun's musical moods take you on journeys along rivers, through mountains and into the heart of the city - to a raucous place of musical freedom and funky punky Jazz. Hear how Arun's melodies and rhythms draw together jazz, hip-hop, rock and South Asian music, with clarinetty chaos, deep double bass and dazzling drums. The Funky Punky Jazz Party has been created especially for preschool audiences; come, join in and experience good vibes, live music… and a funky punky jazz mosh-pit!

Running Time: 45 mins

Curve 0116 242 3595 Tickets: £8 - buy 10 get 11th free

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“One of the coolest British Jazz artists on the circuit. Relaxed, entertaining banter with the kids” Steve, Cheltenham Jazz Festival


FIRST SPARK

TUE 22 & WED 23 MAY 10.30am & 1.30pm

3+ years

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

M6 Theatre Company in association with Polka Theatre presents

A weather house sitting on a quiet wall. The little lady comes out when it’s going to be sunny. The little man comes out when it’s going to rain. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Never together. Always alone. But what would happen if one magical day…they came alive? Children and grown ups alike will be captivated by the whimsical characters as they discover that the beautiful and endlessly surprising world they inhabit is better shared.

Running Time: 50 mins

Attenborough Arts Centre 0116 252 2455 Tickets: £7 buy 9 get 10th free

“What a wonderful production. Audiences of all ages enraptured from the beginning. Totally enchanting - thank you.” Annie McCourt, Head of Education & Participation, Theatre ByThe Lake, Keswick

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FIRST SPARK

SAT 26 MAY 4.30pm

2 - 8 years

11am, 1pm and 2.30pm

0 - 6 years

Leicester Library Service presents

BEDTIME STORIES

BABY DISCO: JUNGLE

Everybody loves bedtime stories. Gather inside the cosy theatre and hear a range of traditional and new tales full of magic, warmth and giggles.

Welcome to the jungle! Bring the whole family along for a dancing adventure deep into the forest, where tropical birds sing and tigers roar. Move to the beat through our multi-sensory creation with disco lighting and thematic projections.

Share a bedtime storyland with hot chocolate and cookies at this ever-popular event. Limited spaces available, book early!

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SUN 27 MAY

Attenborough Arts Centre Presents

DJ James Kelly provides the musical soundtrack while Alison Bacon leads you through the dance moves. Come in fancy dress as your favourite jungle animal to really get the most out of your adventure!

Running Time: 1 hour

Running Time: 1 hour

The Y

Attenborough Arts Centre

0116 255 7066 Tickets: £3.50 includes cookies and hot chocolate

0116 252 2455 Tickets: £5 per child, £1 accompanying adult

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ALL THE FAMILY

MON 28 MAY 1.30pm - 4pm

all the family

MUSICAL RUMPUS

The Spark Arts for Children presents

Come along to Knighton Park for an afternoon of music and mischief. Our Musical Rumpus promises outdoor adventure with music, storytelling, visual arts, dressing up and dancing. Yaaba Funk will be filling the field with their funky fusion of Afro vibes. This eight piece band is choc full of hi-life grooves, crisp guitars, fat horns and a majestic sound that is utterly infectious. This year’s Rumpus will be a visual affair with nests in the woods and grooves in the air. So pack up your picnics, put on your dancing shoes, bring your shakers and join us for an extraordinary afternoon in the park.

Running Time: 1.30pm - 4pm

Knighton Park Pay what you can

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES 10

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

ASTON’S STONES 3 - 6 years

Teater Pero (Sweden) presents

A lovely story about Aston, the little dog who wants to take care of all the stones he can find. Some are big and some are small. One is sad and another one feels cold. All of them in need to be taken care of. Every stone gets to follow Aston home and is greeted with a warm and cosy bed. His parents are more worried about the increasing number of stones in their living room. This gentle story is about how important it is to see and appreciate the value in even the smallest things.

“a perfectly pitched introduction to a variety of theatre styles and storytelling techniques” The Irish Times

SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY 11am & 2pm Running Time: 30 mins

Curve 0116 242 3595 Tickets: £8

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

THU 24 MAY 7pm

ANIMUS

The Spark Arts for Children and Adriano Adewale present

If you were an animal what would you do, where would you roam? What would the animal bring out of you?

Animus is a musical adventure into the animal kingdom using song, percussion and global music. This special performance will feature 90 children from Leicester city schools performing alongside Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale (percussion), Emilia MĂĽrtensson (vocals), Luca Boscagin (guitar) and a special guest musician. Join us in this wild celebration of all that is animalistic.

Running Time: 50 mins

The Y 0116 255 7066 Tickets: ÂŁ5 12

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6+ years


EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

SAT 26 5pm SUN 27 MAY 2.15pm

6+ years

THE EXPLODED CIRCUS

Mimbre presents

A fantastic theatrical circus experience for all the family. Step into the moment where an explosion has been frozen in time, the remnants of a big top caught mid-air - with everything from circus ring, sequins and fairground horses suspended above ground. Featuring a breath-taking mix of acrobatics, surprising aerial feats, and masterful juggling, The Exploded Circus weaves a story told without words using striking imagery and subtle humour. Mimbre is a contemporary circus company of astonishing women who tell powerful visual stories.

Running Time: 70 mins

Curve 0116 242 3595 Tickets: £24 - £10. Under 16s £10, family ticket £60. visit www.sparkfestival.co.uk to book online

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

IS THIS A DAGGER ? Andy Cannon and Red Bridge Arts present

The Story of Macbeth By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes…. Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, takes audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again, in his telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale. A tale of foul and fortune, murder and deceit, Macbeth is a gory, bloody and darkly wonderful tale of one man and his pursuit of power. Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth distils the essence of this epic play into a one man version a perfect introduction for newcomers or a fresh take for Shakespeare enthusiasts.

“A tale of sound and fury, signifying first class theatre for everyone over eight.’’ The Herald

SAT 26 MAY 1:30pm Running Time: 70 mins

The Y 0116 255 7066 Tickets: £7

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

8+ years

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EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES

MON 28 MAY 6pm

8+ years

14/48: TAKEOVER PERFORMANCE

14/48 UK presents

The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival is being taken over by Leicester’s Young Writers. Come and watch 4 plays whipped up in only 3 days and see how our professional directors, designers, actors and musicians can bring their scripts to life in just 24 hours! A perfect finale to this year’s festival.

What a collection of brilliantly creative and funny shows“ Audience member 2017 performance

Running Time: 1 hour

The Y 0116 255 7066 Tickets: £4 16

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THU 24 MAY 10am (Schools showing) FRI 25 - SUN 27 MAY times tbc

GIRL ASLEEP

(12)

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weird, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous - only there can she find herself. A film based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre (Australia), Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.

Suitable for: over 12s Running Time: 77 minutes

Phoenix 0116 242 2800 Tickets: Full £8.90, Concessions £7.30, Under 25 / Student £6.00


ALL THE FAMILY

SAT 26 - MON 28 MAY 11am - 4pm

all the family

ILLUMAPHONIUM

Michael Davis and Phoenix presents

We are excited to bring to the festival this year Illumaphonium, a multi-player musical sculpture that ripples with ever changing patterns of light and sound. Created by musician and inventor Michael Davis, this giant oneof-a-kind instrument is made up of more than two hundred illuminated chime bars Each chime responds to touch, with ever changing patterns of light and sound, spreading out like waves and bringing people together into a fun and spontaneous shared music making experience. Part of The City-Playground, see page 18.

Running Time: 11am - 4pm

Phoenix FREE EVENT just drop in visit www.sparkfestival.co.uk to book online

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CITY PLAY-GROUND

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND Sat 26 | Sun 27 | Mon 28 May

CITY PLAY-GROUND

A weekend of FREE activities for all the family. A playtime you’ll never forget. The Spark takes over the city’s favourite venues for a host of free bank holiday fun for all the family. Bring artwork and stories to life, get inky and try printmaking, play new games and make new rules, create and play with some of the latest and coolest digital technologies around. Be inspired, educated and entertained.

FREE EVENTS just drop in

FAMILY DAY Curve

SAT 26 MAY 12pm - 4pm Roll up, roll up, for Curve’s fabulous fantastic circus Family Day! Join us for lots of free activity including live music and spoken word performances, circus workshops, craft making and dressing up. Live music 4-5pm in Curve’s Green Room café before 5pm performance of The Exploded Circus (pg13).

Suitable for 4+

GIANT DRAWING! Two Queens

SAT 26 MAY 12pm - 4pm Join us and help transform Two Queens gallery with some giant drawing! Bring your most brilliant and bold ideas. How big and bright can we go?

Suitable for 4+

DIGITAL PLAYGROUND Phoenix

SAT 26, SUN 27 & MON 28 MAY 11am - 4pm Musical themed interactive art installations, activities and short films exploring the world of digital sound and music making. Don't miss the amazing Illumaphonium (Pg 17).

Suitable for 4+ 18

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CITY PLAY-GROUND

READY OR NOT? The Gallery, DMU

DESIGN TEAM

14/48 Takeover at The Y

SAT 26, SUN 27 & MON 28 MAY 1pm - 3pm

SAT 26 MAY 11am - 4pm

Exhibition open 12-5pm Saturday - Monday

Ever wanted to help design a Theatre set? Help design the backdrop for this year’s 14/48 Takeover performance! Come and get stuck in with a range of art and craft materials and help fill The Y with a colourful collage of creativity.

A new exhibition, Pursuits of Happiness, exploring games and play with drop in workshops to design and build new games. Filled with diversions and amusements, a hands on opportunity for children and parents alike to play and think in new ways.

Suitable for 6+ years

Suitable for 0 - 13 years

MEGA MONOPRINTS

LITTLE RAPTORS!

SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY 12pm - 3pm

SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY 11.30am- 3:30pm

Create your own printed billboard using monoprint techniques. Go big and explore colour. Cut up and collage stencils and make prints inspired by our exhibition of billboards, In Another Place. Suitable for 4+

Join Mr Cleaver's Monsters for feathered-dinosaur papercraft fun. See the Utahraptor sculpture and make your own mini-velociraptor head!

DAY DREAMING

ART EXPLORERS

SAT 26 MAY 11.30am- 3pm

SAT 26 MAY 1pm- 3pm

Let your imagination fly from the performance of SKY (pg 4) in our kinetic visual arts workshop for tiny artists.

Our friendly workshop leaders will guide you through a creative and hands-on afternoon of fun tailored for all ages – so bring the whole family down. Inspired by the Chainmail exhibition.

Leicester Print Workshop

Attenborough Arts Centre

Suitable for under 5s

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Suitable for 6+ years

Attenborough Arts Centre

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FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

Unleash your creativity

PEDESTRIAN URBAN ART GRAFFITI SAT 26 MAY 11am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm Explore how to draw Graffiti Art lettering using professional paint pens and materials. Participants will design and create their own canvas to take away. Please come in suitable clothing! Suitable for: 8-13 years Cost: £17.50 per participant (Limited to 12 places) Pedestrian booking via www.thesparkarts.co.uk

EXCITING EGYPTIANS – VISIT THE BAZAAR!

PEDESTRIAN MUSIC BEATS AND BARS

SUN 27 & MON 28 MAY

SAT 26 MAY

11am - 12pm or 2pm-3pm

11am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Visit our Egyptian bazaar and plunge into history through our interactive prop boxes.

Learn how to make and hone your own beats and bars on industry standard software with Pedestrian's expert music tutors. Perfect for young aspiring Producers and MCs or children who just want to have a go.

Find out what these ancient ancestors ate for lunch, how they dressed for dinner and discover why magic and myth underpinned everyday life. Suitable for: 7-11 years Cost: £3 per child Limited spaces, pre-booking essential New Walk Museum & Art Gallery 0116 225 4910

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Suitable for: 8-13 years Cost: £13 per participant (Limited to 12 places) Pedestrian booking via www.thesparkarts.co.uk


FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

14/48: TAKEOVER WRITER’S WORKSHOP SAT 19, SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY 10am to 3pm each day This is your chance to Takeover the Theatre! Now in its fourth year, 14/48 UK is once again looking for a team of budding playwrights to work alongside professional writers and create 4 plays in just 3 days! A fantastic opportunity to improve your creative writing skills, share and develop your own ideas and see your play brought to life by professional actors! Hurry - spaces are limited! Performance takes place Mon 28 May - see pg 16. Suitable for: 8-14 years Cost: £35 includes lunch The Y 0116 255 7066

READY OR NOT? WORKSHOPS Bookable activities to complement the Pursuits of Happiness exhibition, exploring games and play.

SAT 26 MAY 10.30am to 11.30am Peek-a-Boo A workshop for younger children exploring sensory gameplay through sound, sight and touch. Suitable for: walkers to 3 years and parents/carers SUN 27 MAY 11.30am to 1pm Hide-go-Seek Playing traditional physical games like Hide and Seek, Tag and Marbles. Suitable for: 4 to 7 years and parents/carers

MON 28 MAY 10.30am to 1pm Game Theory Design and build your own board game from scratch and add it to our exhibition. Suitable for: 8 to 11 years and parents/carers Pursuits of Happiness has been developed in partnership with Leicester University’s School of Museum Studies

The Gallery, DMU FREE, limited spaces, pre-booking essential hugo.worthy@dmu.ac.uk

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AT YOUR SCHOOL

AT YOUR SCHOOL

Monday 21 - Friday 25 May

The Spark’s school programme remains at the heart of the festival and continues to provide extraordinary arts experiences for Leicestershire children. This year sees schools welcoming: Extraordinary Performances 40 performances 8 artists / performers over 5,000 pupils Powerful Words Poetry Project 2 artists 4 schools 80 workshops 140 inspired young poets Animus Music Project 4 world class musicians 3 schools 18 workshops 90 aspiring young musicians 22

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Our festival schools this year will have unforgettable theatre performances in their school halls, see shows in their local libraries, write poems with acclaimed storyteller and poet Owen Craven-Griffiths, or compose and perform music on stage at a festival venue with Adriano Adewale. If your school would like to have a show in your hall or an opportunity to showcase your talents, be involved in a future project or deliver Arts Award to support your Artsmark journey, get in touch now. Call 0116 261 6893 or email gemma@thesparkarts.co.uk


Theatre & Storytelling Key Stage 2 & 3

A gory, bloody and darkly wonderful tale of one man and his pursuit of power distilled in to a perfect introduction for newcomers.

A SQUARE WORLD Daryl Beeton presents

Theatre & Storytelling Foundation, Key Stage 1 & SEN

Endearing and funny performance looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world designed for everyone else but yourself.

AT YOUR SCHOOL - PERFORMANCES

IS THIS A DAGGER? THE STORY OF MACBETH Andy Cannon and Red Bridge Arts presents

MELLOW BAKU

Music & Spoken Word Key Stage 1 & 2 Leicester based Mellow Baku performs intuitive and inspired jazz alongside world musicians and improvisers.

WISH I WAS A MOUNTAIN The Egg and Toby Thompson presents

Theatre Key Stage 2

A bold reimaging of a Herman Hesse classic fairy tale. Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson.

MRS POCKETS Turned On Its Head presents

Theatre Dance Foundation in Libraries and Children’s Centres Sensory play and dance performance for you and your little ones by the creators of Sponge and Shiny.

POWERFUL WORDS POETRY SLAM Performance Poetry KS2 Four schools from across Leicester come together to showcase new material produced during a poetry residency with internationally acclaimed storyteller and poet Owen Craven-Griffiths aka John Berkavitch.

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SUPPORT US

FAMILY ABSEIL CHALLENGE

helping us ignite the potential of children Abseiling is a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled experience which will see you make a controlled descent of Ramada Encore (there are 7 floors!). You will need an adventurous spirit and a head for heights and we will do the rest with professional equipment and on-the-day training. Conquer your fears, enjoy a spectacular view and help support free festival activity in 2019. This year for the first time this event is open to children and young people aged 10 and over.

Register online now (only 50 places available) at www.thesparkarts.co.uk/abseil For more information and other ways to support The Spark email carrie@thesparkarts.co.uk. call0116 261 6893

SAT 23 JUNE 10am-4pm (you will be able to request a time slot)

Min age: 10 years

Ramada Encore Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1GE

MOTHERS WHO MAKE

Registration Fee £35 (to cover the cost of the abseil): Festival Early Bird Offer - £30 Enrol before the end of May Sponsorship target: £100 (to support The Spark Festival in 2019)

MOTHERS WHO MAKE MON 21 MAY 10am - 12pm

Come along to Leicester’s new Mothers Who Make group, a peer support group and creative exchange session aimed at supporting mothers who are artists - professional and/or passionate - writers, painters, actors, dancers, filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker at any stage of their careers. The session will be facilitated by mother - artist Louise Katerega. Please feel free to bring along your children of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running around the room! Cost: £5 per mother to book: Attenborough Arts Centre 0116 252 2455 To join the national MWM network email matilda@motherswhomake.org

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Wed 23 May

Thu 24 May Fri 25 May

Sat 26 May

Sun 27 May

Mon 28 May

10am - 3pm 10.30am 10.30am 1.30pm 1.30pm 10.30am 10.30am 1.30pm 1.30pm 7pm 1pm times tbc 2:30pm 10.30am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am - 4pm 11am - 4.30pm 11.30am - 3pm 11.30am - 3.30pm times tbc 12pm - 4pm 12pm-4pm 12pm - 3pm 1pm 1pm - 3pm 1pm-3pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 2pm 2pm 2.30pm 4.30pm 5pm 11am 11am 11am 11am - 4pm 11.30am 11.30am - 3.30pm 12pm - 3pm 1pm 1pm - 3pm times tbc 2pm 2pm 2.15pm 2.30pm 10.30am 11am 11am - 4pm 1pm - 3pm 1.30pm - 4.30pm 2pm 6pm

14/48 Writer’s Workshop Whatever the Weather Funky Punky Jazz Party Whatever the Weather Funky Punky Jazz Party Whatever the Weather Funky Punky Jazz Party Whatever the Weather Funky Punky Jazz Party Animus Sky Girl Asleep (12) Sky Peek-a-Boo Aston’s Stones Sky Urban Art Graffiti Music Beats and Bars Digital Playground 14/48 Design Team Day Dreaming Little Raptors! Girl Asleep (12) Curve Family Day Giant Drawing! Mega Monoprints Sky Art Explorers Ready or Not? Is This a Dagger? Urban Art Graffiti Music Beats and Bars Aston’s Stones Sky Bedtime Stories The Exploded Circus Aston’s Stones Baby Disco: Jungle Exciting Egyptians Digital Playground Hide-go-Seek Little Raptors! Mega Monoprints Baby Disco: Jungle Ready or Not? Girl Asleep (12) Aston’s Stones Exciting Egyptians The Exploded Circus Baby Disco: Jungle Game Theory Exciting Egyptians Digital Playground Ready or Not? Musical Rumpus Exciting Egyptians 14:48 Takeover performance

The Y Attenborough Arts Centre Curve Attenborough Arts Centre Curve Attenborough Arts Centre Curve Attenborough Arts Centre Curve The Y Attenborough Arts Centre Phoenix Attenborough Arts Centre DMU The Gallery Curve Attenborough Arts Centre Pedestrian Pedestrian Phoenix The Y Attenborough Arts Centre New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Phoenix Curve Two Queens Leicester Print Workshop Attenborough Arts Centre Attenborough Arts Centre The Gallery DMU The Y Pedestrian Pedestrian Curve Attenborough Arts Centre The Y Curve Curve Attenborough Arts Centre New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Phoenix DMU The Gallery New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Leicester Print Workshop Attenborough Arts Centre The Gallery DMU Phoenix Curve New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Curve Attenborough Arts Centre DMU The Gallery New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Phoenix The Gallery DMU Knighton Park New Walk Museum & Art Gallery The Y

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VENUES / INFORMATION

VENUES

INFORMATION

Attenborough Arts Centre University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA Ticket office: 0116 252 2455 www.attenborougharts.com

For more information about all festival events please contact The Spark on 0116 261 6893, or go to www.sparkfestival.co.uk

Curve Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB Ticket office: 0116 242 3595 www.curveonline.co.uk Knighton Park Palmerston Way, Leicester LE2 3RR Leicester Print Workshop 50 St George St, Leicester LE1 1QG Tel: 0116 251 4174 www.leicesterprintworkshop.com New Walk Museum and Art Gallery 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA Tel: 0116 225 4900 enquiries 0116 225 4910 bookings www.leicester.gov.uk/museums Pedestrian 29a Horsefair Street, Leicester LE1 1RB Tel: 0116 251 6207 www.pedestrian.info Tickets via www.thesparkarts.co.uk Phoenix 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG Ticket office: 0116 242 2800 www.phoenix.org.uk The Gallery, De Montfort University Vijay Patel Building, Mill Lane, Leicester LE2 7PT To book: hugo.worthy@dmu.ac.uk www.thegallery.dmu.ac.uk The Y 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY Ticket office: 0116 255 7066 www.ytheatre.co.uk Two Queens 2 Queen Street, Leicester LE1 1QW www.2queens.com

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Age Recommendations To ensure everyone has the best possible experience please follow the suggested age suitability guidelines. Also it is usual for everyone to need a ticket or have a place reserved but if you are unsure please check with the venues when booking. Unaccompanied Children All shows, events and workshops are designed for children under 13 to be accompanied by an adult, unless otherwise stated. Booking Tickets Phone: contact numbers for all venues are on this page. On the Web: visit www.sparkfestival.co.uk for links to venues that offer online bookings or to buy tickets via PayPal or Eventbrite for selected events. In person: venue addresses on this page. FREE events: please check if you need to reserve a place with the venue. Relaxed Performance R Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. Access We want everyone to enjoy their experience of the festival so if you, or anyone in your party, have any special requirements please let the venue know when booking or call The Spark on 0116 261 6893 for more information. Photography There will be a Spark photographer at most events. Please let a member of staff know if you or your family do not wish to be photographed.


PARTNERS. We would like to thank the following for their support Business Partner

Higher Education Partner

Design Partner

mooli Media Partner

Festival Partners

Media Partner

Equity

Chutney Ivy

Media Partner

Exchange Bar

Funders

The John and Susan Bowers Fund • Edith Murphy Foundation • The Ernest Cook Trust The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust • Open Gate Trust • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Florence Turner Trust • Writing East Midlands • #DMULocal Donors: Friends of Knighton Park, Next, Aviva Community Fund, Rolls Royce, Shoezone, Spearing Waite, Maber Associates Ltd, Nelsons Law, Write the Talk

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Spark Festival 2018  

The Spark Festival - 21 - 28 May 2018. Unforgettable arts experiences at venues across Leicester, especially for children 0 - 13 years.

Spark Festival 2018  

The Spark Festival - 21 - 28 May 2018. Unforgettable arts experiences at venues across Leicester, especially for children 0 - 13 years.

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