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Spark Festival takes place in Leicester over the next fortnight.  Curve theatre and other venues/performance spaces in and around Leicester city and county, collaborate to bring the best of children’s theatre and arts performance throughout the two week duration of the festival.

Some of the events are free, some cost, some are ticketed, some are just turn up on the day at the right time.  There is a whole plethora of events going on to suit all tastes, age ranges and budgets.

Curve has been sponsoring a Young Arts Enterprise scheme over the last year, which I have already written about here on the blog.  They have taken on the task of mentoring a wealth of young arts based performers from various disciplines, and helping them develop their businesses.

Our school has benefitted hugely from this project.  Jess Warrington, a dance and literature specialist has run a term of workshops with our Year 3 and 4 students around fantasy worlds, based on their study of both the Wizard of Oz and the phenomena of natural disasters.  A theatre group is coming in next term to work exclusively with our year 6 students to take a performance from idea to being staged in a week long series of workshops, and Jess Green, a performance poet, has visited us twice this last term, helping consolidate both the topic of the Tudors and Nocturnal Animals with performance poetry workshops for Years 5 and 2.

All the Curve Young Arts Enterprise performers will be putting on events during the two weeks of the Spark Festival.  Jess Green will be running two free workshops this coming Saturday (June 1st), both at Curve:

From My Front Door
Poetry Workshop for ages 6-10 
Sat 1 June 11.15am
An imaginative, one hour workshop using games and activities to create poems about your journey from home to Curve that day.
My City
Poetry Workshop for ages 8-12
Sat 1 June 1pm
Using photographs, imagination and your own love of Leicester, create poems about your favourite memories of your favourite places.