The children are taking over, it’s official! From Monday February 10th until Sunday February 23rd children will transform the Southbank Centre as they proceed to run what promises to be a spellbinding show. Literature, dance, theatre and art are all big on the agenda at Imagine.
Designed to coincide with half term holidays there will even be a sleep over one night at the festival, which could give mum and dad a chance to pop out to see a West End play.
The first two days of this spirited children’s event are dedicated to dressing up. The show is kick-started by the kids being encouraged to wear everything back to front and the wrong way round. On ‘Topsy Turvy Day’, socks are worn as gloves and shoes on the wrong feet, and, as you can imagine, garb chaos sets the scene. The following day’s theme is ‘Call of the Wild’, when the children use their imaginations to dress up as their favourite plant, tree or animal.
Politicians and other influential figures will also be present at the Imagine Festival and the children will have their very own question time where they get the chance to challenge officials about children’s rights. Question time will take place in the Purcell Room at 1pm on Tuesday 11th.
On the same day the South Bank School of Rock will also be held. With none of the musicians being over twelve years old, this battle of the bands promises to be an eye-opener. Staying on a musical theme, the 13th will see choirs from all over the UK sing in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
Many more events for children will be taking place at this fantastic children’s festival, such as the play ‘Refugee boy’, which will shown on be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. ‘Refugee Boy’ is a powerful production about arriving, belonging and finding home by poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay.
All in all the Southbank Centre will have everything you’ll need, and more besides, to keep your children entertained this half term in a fun, educational, inspiring and, if they manage to ask a Tory MP a question, a powerful way. For more information and to get tickets for this colourful event visit the Southbank Centre website.