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.

Shifty 82017 Children’s Literature Festival – Schools Programme Launch

Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Librarians and Home Educators are invited to join us on Wednesday 26th April at 6pm in Waterstones Café to launch our 2017 Schools Programme. Come and meet artistic director Gill McLay and our Head of Creative Learning, Hazel Plowman, be first to find out which authors and illustrators will be running events, have a sneak peek at the books and hear more about our projects, all whilst enjoying free coffee and cake!

Please RSVP to Danny Brothers: danny.brothers@bathfestivals.org.uk or call 01225 462231.

We are delighted that Centurion Coaches will be offering us a number of free coaches for our Schools Programme, find out more at our launch event. A big thank you to Steve and the team at Centurion.




2016 Bath International Music Festival

Schools Commission
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:

Young Producers
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.

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