Founded in 2003, The Spark Festival is a two-week summer festival of the performing and visual arts for children in Leicester and Leicestershire. It has grown over the past thirteen years driven by the belief that the arts are crucial to a child's development and well-being.
The festival aims for variety and access - to create as many opportunities as possible for children to engage with a wide range of performances and events in a variety of settings:
- Professional theatres- through our 'In Your Theatre' and Festival programmes
- Schools- through our 'At Your School' programme
- Community venues, parks, libraries, and on occasion a swimming pool! - This is through our 'On Your Doorstep' programme.
The Spark works closely with all presenting venues, and with local authorities to programme and present events.
The programme aims to present a variety of work, from puppetry to contemporary dance, that is specially created for children by a range of regional, national and international companies. Last year we presented 209 events to an audience of 18,765 people.
The Spark is one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations. We also receive funding from Leicester City Council.
Read about some of the experiences of staff, performers and volunteers during the festivals.