Festivals are key moment in our yearly cycle as they provides a focus for inspiration and celebration, and a platform that gives value to the voices of children and young people from B&NES and the surrounding area.
2016 Children’s Literature Festival
Here at Bath Festivals we believe that books open doors to the world, inspiring creativity and enquiry, quenching children’s thirst for knowledge, as well as teaching empathy and understanding. We want to share that possibility with as many children and young people as we can so each year we programme a week of events for school that we hope will kick start, reinvigorate and deepen children’s reading journey.
Highlights from this year’s Schools Programme include: Shane Hegarty enthraled us with battles between heroes and villains; we sang and drew with Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton; and Caroline Lawrence and Martin Brown brought historical characters to life. We had the zest and zeal of A F Harrold in a special celebration of National Poetry Day and an exciting high tempo journey into the world of mini beasts with Cbeebies’ Jess French too!
Each year we host a Schools Programme launch event in April, if your school would like to be the first to find out what exciting events we have on offer for 2017 (over a coffee and cake of course!), please email us and we will email you an invite in the New Year.
2016 Bath International Music Festival
Each year our Schools Commission offers children and young people from Bath & North East Somerset and beyond the chance to perform in Bath Abbey to open Party in the City. The pupils from several schools work with a brilliant composer over 4 sessions to co-create songs and then come together as a choir to share their creations and raise the roof of the Abbey!
This year we worked with internationally acclaimed beatboxer Shlomo, who taught pupils to beatbox and inspired imaginative stories and songs that were woven together in an incredibly powerful show. Watch them sing:
We worked with a group of students from the popular music course at Bath College to curate and produce an event in Keynsham. The students found the experience really insightful, and were empowered by the opportunity to work independently whilst knowing they were backed up by experienced professionals.
Family Music Day
Family Music Day offered families the opportunity to explore music and instruments in a relaxed and informal environment in the heart of the city in Parade Gardens, with marquees offering different activities delivered by music leaders Sarah Moody, Neil Johnson and Will Plowman, a musical treasure hunt and live music on the bandstand. The response to the day was overwhelmingly positive, with children getting genuinely excited about music and seeing how they could make various sounds using both instruments and electronics.