Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival 2017

Image credit: Marieke Palocsay

Image credit: Marieke Palocsay

The Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival returns from 9 to 19 February 2017, taking over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme suitable for events for babes in arms and Nan and Granddad.

Take your pick from dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children’s authors from the UK and Nordic region.

More than half of the Imagine programme is free, with a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy on each day of the festival. Visitors can join in a free pedal-powered screening of The Little Mermaid with prizes for the best underwater-themed costumes, an inclusive dance workshop led by acclaimed Candoco Dance Company, an afternoon of family fun at the PJ Party, as well as free poetry readings in the Poetry Library and a bedtime story in the Clore Ballroom to close each day of the festival.


Highlights include:

WOW HOOP - CIRCUS PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILIES

Fri 10th - Sun 12th February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily

Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12

Led by circus director Mette Ylikorva, this workshop teaches families with babies aged 4 to 12 months basic circus skills. Grandparents are also welcome. Tickets include one adult and one baby.

Photographer/Creator - Tatu Kantomaa

Photographer/Creator - Tatu Kantomaa


LEGO® BUILD THE CHANGE: IMAGINE AND BUILD YOUR FUTURE CITY

Sun 12th - Sun 19th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Cloakroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 5+, FREE but ticketed

Using thousands of LEGO® bricks and taking inspiration from cities around the world, children at Imagine have the opportunity to build the city of their future, turning the Cloakroom foyer space into a giant LEGO play area. Iconic buildings from across London and Nordic countries are also on display to inspire the future urban planners.


PAPER CHATTERBOX PRESENTS RAVE-A-ROO

Sat 11th February, 13:00pm - 15:45pm

The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE

Rave-A-Roo is a brand new clubbing mash-up of festival fun for the whole family, and the ultimate party for kids. This free dance party session features live DJs, madcap hosts, bubble walkabout, hilarious interactive performances and fab giveaways. People of all ages are welcome, from toddlers to grandparents.

© Photography by Khristopher Morgan for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)

© Photography by Khristopher Morgan for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)


DR SEUSS - THE CAT IN THE HAT

Sun 12th February, 12.30 & 2.30pm

The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE

Children’s Story Centre presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat storytelling show.


IMAGINE CHILDREN'S SINGING COURSE

Mon 13th - Friday 17th February, 9am - 3pm

St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s  Royal Festival Hall, £75

In this course, children aged 8 – 12 can spend a week creating a performance for Imagine Children’s Festival by singing and writing songs and stories inspired by classic Nordic children’s tales. The days start at 9am and finish at 3pm and Southbank Centre staff and chaperones are present at all times. There are a limited number of free and subsidised places available; for information on eligibility, please email voicelab@southbankcentre.co.uk

Image Credit - Belinda Lawley

Image Credit - Belinda Lawley


MICHAEL DE SOUZA

Mon 13th February, 10.30 - 11.30am

Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 2+, £8, £4

Creator of the Rastamouse book and TV series, Michael De Souza introduces a new character, Lil Bruv, and gives an introduction to poetry thorough rhyme.


CHRISTIAN O’CONNELL: RADIO BOY

Mon 13th February, 12:30pm - 13:30pm

Level 5 Function Room at  Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, ages 8+

£4 for children, £8 for adults

Absolute Radio presenter  Christian O’Connell introduces ‘Spike’ aka Radio Boy: a new character for the internet generation.


THE LITTLE MERMAID

Thur 16th February, 12 - 2pm

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, FREE

Electric Pedals presents a special screening of The Little Mermaid. The film is entirely powered by bicycles and guests are to expect surprises along the way and a prize for the best underwater costumes.


LAUREN CHILD

Sun 19th February

Level 5 Function Room at  Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm 1.30pm, Ticketed, £8 / £4, 9+

Lauren Child the creator of Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean talks about the influences behind her books and some of her best-loved characters and her latest book, the amazing Ruby Redfort.

Suitable for children aged 9+


THE GRUFFALO & ROOM ON THE BROOM

Mon 13th February, 1:30pm

Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, £20 adult £10 child

Terry Davies conducts Aurora Orchestra in René Aubry’s inspired scores for this delightful double-bill of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Tickets are on sale from today and can be bought at southbankcentre.co.uk/imagine