Children’s arts festival sparks back into life

Published: 25 November 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Mesmerizing” dance piece”: Little Murmur

The “best children’s arts festival in the world”, the Spark Festival, will be staged live and online for a week in Leicester in February 2022.

Children and families can take part in schools, libraries, their homes and in venues across the city when the festival takes place from Monday 7 until Sunday 13 February.

Daryl Beeton, associate director at children’s arts organisation The Spark Arts for Children, which is organising the festival, said, "the 2022 festival programme will ignite imaginations, enable children to feel reflected in the performances they watch and give families the chance to escape the everyday routine. We want families to spend time out together making the kind of memories they will never forget."

One of the highlights will be the Aakash Odedra Company’s presentation of Little Murmur, a “mesmerizing” dance piece for children aged seven and above. Odedra’s 2014 show Murmur is based on his own experiences of dyslexia and Little Murmur is a biographical account of Odedra’s “trials and tribulations of seeing things differently”.

It will be staged at schools during the week and Belgrave Library on Saturday 12 February before touring the UK.

The full programme is available at the Spark Festival web site.