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Inspirational Family Festival Of Arts In Its Theth Year

Summer gets off to a sparkling start with the return of the city’s most exciting creative arts festival for children.

The Spark Children’s Arts Festival marks its 10th birthday this year by packing more fantastic, creative and inspiring theatrical events than ever before into even more venues across the city.

Visual artists and actors unleash their programme of entertainment for the under 14s, from May 28 until June 10, ranging from opera for eight-year-olds at The Y Theatre, in East Street, to a performing potato at Embrace Arts, in Lancaster Road.

The Cultural Quarter is the “festival hub”, where Curve hosts, among other things, Clouds and dancers swinging through the air in Fly By Night, and Phoenix Square has a Retro Computer Museum and the Little Artists Gallery.

For more details of all festival shows, such as Julia Donaldson’s Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, the opera My Mother Told Me Not To Stare, at The Y, and Potato Needs a Bath at Embrace Arts, visit or call 0116 261 6893.