The Spark Children‚Äôs Arts Festival introduces children to creative experiences to inspire and motivate them to be the best they can be. It strives to enhance their quality of life by providing exciting, entertaining and educational experiences that have a lasting and transformational effect on them
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1106952)
The Spark Festival was founded because children in Leicester were not benefiting from the rich stream of arts experiences available, with no funded company touring regularly, and venues only including performances for children at Christmas and Easter. Leicester has significant economic and social problems, and low educational attainment. In most challenged areas, 90% of children are from homes where English is the second language, leading to social isolation. Access for all is important
The Spark Festival will include high quality events by artists and practitioners from all over the world. The Festival Director will seek activities that will entertain and have real wide ranging educational value, support and inspire teachers and engage, challenge and inspire children. The education programme is provided to schools located in deprived areas. Access will be central. The Festival will maintain current partnerships and extend partnership working by finding new partners
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