IMAGINE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
Two weeks of children’s theatre, live music, dance, talks from top children’s authors, family workshops and free activities. From stroking baby dino puppets to hearing live music from internationally-renowned performers, from meeting authors at our family workshops to drawing on our giant sculptures, there’s something for everyone.
One of the most important things about Imagine is that we try to put children in charge as much as possible: so, a group of children help us with design of the print, with the programming and on some days, children perform all of the key front of house functions such as cloakroom, tickets, announcements. We work hard to extend participation beyond the normal relatively prosperous families who will bring their children to cultural events anyway, and have partnerships with local schools and community groups to make sure that all children benefit.
Imagine is made for children, by children, with children and about children and runs from Mon 11 – Sun 24th Feb each day between 10.30am – 4pm. The festival places words and stories at the heart of the programme and invites families and schools to come and spend the day enjoying ticketed theatre performances, author events, classical concerts plus a huge programme of free events.
At the heart of the programme are a group of 31 children aged 7-11 called the Festival Ideas Cloud who have worked with us on the design of the festival programme, curated their own debates and designed and built their own space.
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February
Are the hosts getting younger these days or is it a kids’ invasion?! Throughout your time at Southbank Centre for Imagine festival, children will take your tickets, show you to your seats and generally help you with your visit. You’ll hear their voices announcing events as we give over the running of the festival to a fantastic group of young hosts.
Across Southbank Centre site,
10.30am – 3pm
The Kids’ Space
Throughout Imagine Festival
Throughout Imagine Festival, you will discover that Southbank Centre’s kids advisory group, the Festival Ideas Cloud, has designed and built a new space to explore. The Kids’ Space will be the nerve centre of the festival with Imagine FM radio station running from there, authors and artist interviews being conducted inside the space, and phones ringing off the hook as children manage the beating heart of Imagine.
Royal festival Hall Foyers,
10.30am – 3pm