Opportunity: Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival

We couldn’t let half term go by without promoting the ever gorgeous Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre. A regular fixture of brilliant activities for families across every art form imagin-able! We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite events below but you must check out their website for full listings. Unleash your creative side and have a big helping of family fun for all ages.

Project Name: Imagine Children’s Festival

Company/Organisation Name: Southbank Centre

For Age Group: Depends on the event – mostly for primary school age but all welcome and older/younger siblings will have a blast too!

Art Form: Music, theatre, poetry, literature, art, comedy, dance…

Level of Experience Required: none

Project Description/Aims: 

This year at Imagine, staff are getting smaller: look out for children waiting to welcome you to this festival of literature, music, comedy and performance for the young. Children run the festival as part of Kids Takeover, but they also feature in the performances – from playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazelwood, to taking a Beastie on a walk.

A few of our Favourite Events:

Imagine Craft Pavilion – Saturday 11 February 2012 – Sunday 19 February 2012  Drop in and get creative as authors and illustrators introduce you to their favourite children’s characters, stories and activities. Wear clothes to get messy in! FREE

Dr Octopus & his Wheels of Steel Monday 13 February 2012 – Tuesday 21 February 2012.  Join DJ and poet Charlie Dark as he takes you on a poetical adventure deep beneath the sea. FREE

Become a Superhero. Thursday 16 February 2012. Become a superhero in this workshop with artist Laura X Carle and storyteller Rachel Rose Reid, who will help you decide what your superhero powers are. FREE.

Lyrical Letterboxes. Friday 17 February 2012, 12 noon. Britain’s best-loved poet Roger McGough, award-winning Scottish poet Jackie Kay and Southbank Centre Associate Artist Lemn Sissay take you on a whistle-stop tour through their literary heroes, and the books they’d like to come through their letterboxes. £8 Adults, £4 Children.

LPO FUNharmonics Family Concert. Sunday 19 February 2012, 12 noon. A remarkable telling of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and join in the fun as composer Tim Steiner creates a brand new piece. £18 £16 £14 £12 £10.

Family Ballroom Dance. Sunday 26 February 2012, 12 noon. Take to the floor and put on your party outfits, as you let mums and dads, grandparents, aunties and uncles show you how to dance a foxtrot, waltz or tango! FREE.

Andy Stanton, Sunday 26 February 2012, 11am. Award-winning author Andy Stanton writes funny books for children, and his creation Mr Gum is weird, wacky and one in a million! £8 Adults, £4 Children.

Project Dates and Times: Each event is different, but there’s something on everyday from now till Sunday 26th Feb during the daytimes.

Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Cost to Participants: Loads of freebie drop ins, with some performances ticketed. See individual events for details. Note that parents should accompany their children and may need to buy a ticket for themselves too. Some concessions available. A booking fee of £1.75 applies for advance bookings online, log in to become a member and book without a fee.

How to sign up/apply: Drop in to many activities, but check online and book via the website for performances.

Deadline: Tickets can be purchased on the day but we recommend advance booking to ensure your place.

Website: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/imagine-childrens-festival 

Twitter: @southbankcentre

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