Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival takes over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme of events including theatre, dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children’s authors from the UK and Nordic region.
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ADVENTURES IN MOOMINLAND – part of Nordic Matters
Until Sun 20 August, 10am-6pm (10am-7pm, Thurs & Fri), Spirit Level at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Age 7+, £10-16.50
The world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson and the Moomins is brought to life in a new immersive, interactive exhibition Adventures in Moominland – the first major UK exhibition dedicated to the Moomins. The exhibition presents new insights into Jansson’s life and the influences behind her work with rare archive objects and illustrations built into the experience. The experience is augmented by a script written by children’s author Laura Dockrill and narrated by Sandi Toksvig. Full press release here.
JASMIN ANOSCHKIN: IMAGINARY FRIENDS – part of Nordic Matters
Thu 9 Feb – Sun 19 Feb, 10am – 11pm, level 2 Foyers at Royal Festival Hall, FREE
From My Little Poro to Baby Bunny, Finnish artist Jasmin Anoschkin’s large-scale, colourful wooden sculptures look amusing at first glance, but show something of the magical world of animals that have spirits. Taking inspiration from pop culture and the toy industry, each character has a story to tell.
Wednesday 8th – Thursday 9th February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,10am, 11.15am, 13.30pm, 14.45pm, 8th: 10am, 11.15pm, 13.45pm
Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses 360 degree video projections, as well as original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination. This show has been made for adult/child pairs and each ticket admits one adult and one 1-3 year old.
WTPA GUERILLA POETS
Wed 8th February,11am – 1pm, Foyer Spaces, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
West Thornton Primary Academy has set up a community based poetry group which produces poetry that questions, challenges and supports events in the world around them, which they perform in unusual and fun places. The Guerrilla Poets hand out poems and make poetry interventions around Southbank Centre.
ROOM FOR CHILDREN – part of Nordic Matters
Thur 9 February 2017 – Tues 2nd January 2018, 11am – 6pm, Foyers Spaces, Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall, FREE
The National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre presents Room for Children – a unique Swedish library for the young and their adults, adapted to children’s needs and their perceptions of the world. Visitors can find children’s books from all of the Nordic countries represented, both in English and in their original language. The original Room for Children is located in the Stockholm Culture Centre (Kulturhuset Stadsteatern), in Sweden. Activities there are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – the right of children to participate fully in cultural life, to express themselves freely and to do so together with others.
WOW HOOP – CIRCUS PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILIES – part of Nordic Matters
Fri 10th – Sun 12th February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12
In this circus performance for families, the show begins gradually and softly to introduce the liveliness and joy of circus and performing arts to infants. The performance is perfect for babies aged 4 to 12 months, and their parents. Grandparents are also welcome.
GROOVE BABY PRESENTS
Fri 10th February, 1pm – 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
At Groove Baby concerts, parents and carers with babies or toddlers can hear high-quality jazz, world, groove and contemporary improvised music.
LEGO® BUILD THE CHANGE: MEET THE LEGO® MASTER BUILDERS – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Cloakroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 5+, FREE but ticketed
Imagine festival-goers can listen to the stories of LEGO® Certified Professionals, who have turned their love for building and creating with LEGO bricks into a career. Participants are also encouraged to take part in the creation of a mosaic.
SAFARIUM – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th – Sun 12th February, 11am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm, £12
Come and explore, the performance that’s also a workshop, a laboratory and a safari! Children can wander around and transform a tactile landscape together with tree performers. For ages 1 – 3 and children with special needs. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
HELLO HOLLOW – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11 – Sun 19 February, across Southbank Centre’s site, FREE
Hello Hollow is a creative participation project for children aged 8-9 years old, where children with work with Danish artist Seimi Nørregaard to design and build personalised dens which will explore what a home is. The dens will be made out of reclaimed materials and found objects and will be installed and open to the public in the foyer areas of the Royal Festival Hall between 11 and 19 February.
LEGO® BUILD THE CHANGE: IMAGINE AND BUILD YOUR FUTURE CITY – part of Nordic Matters
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.
Sat 11th – Sun 19th February, 10.30am – 11.15am, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Led by an experienced cellist, storyteller and workshop leader, Nimble Tots includes interactive songs, puppets and storytelling aimed at children aged 0-5s and their parents and carers
PERNILLA LINDROOS – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, 10:30am – 11:30am, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £6, ages 6-10
Author Pernilla Lindroos shares her two books including a story of a confident anteater and a little mouse called Macaron.
SAMI STORYTELLING AND JOIKU CHANTING WORKSHOP – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am & 12.30pm, £6
Come and hear all about the characters of Sami mythology with Sami writer, Ante Aikio, who joins us from Finnish Lapland. Ante describes and tells stories about the sacred spaces from Sami mythology, such as the amazing Saivo lakes and Seita rocks, along with pictures. Ante is also a joiku chanter and during the workshop he also teaches the children (and adults!) to join in the joiku chants along with him. This workshop is part storytelling and part participatory performance.
NONSENSE POETRY AND RIDICULOUS RHYMES – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £8 adults £4 kids
Icelandic author Þórarinn Eldjárn and Finnish illustrator Linda Bondestram present a workshop all about nonsense verse with a focus on what nonsense means across different cultures.
BIRGITTA SIF: WHERE MY FEET GO – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12:30pm – 1.30pm, £6, ages 0-5
Author and illustrator Birgitta Sif leads a creative workshop featuring interactive storytelling and the chance for children ages 0-5 to make their own puppet.
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.
Sat 11th – Sun 19th February, 3.45pm – 4pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
To end each day of the Imagine Children’s Festival a bedtime story is told in the Clore Ballroom.
LONDON CHILDREN’S BOOKSWAP
Sat 11th Feb, 1pm – 4pm, Level 2 Foyer (Green Side) at Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Children are invited to bring their unwanted books (in good condition only) and go home with some great new stories. Southbank Centre teams up with Discover Children’s Story Centre and other organisations for this drop-in literary event.
MISCHIEF AND MYSTERIES IN MOOMINVALLEY – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th – Sun 19th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 14.00pm (no 12.30 performance on Sat 18th) Level 4 Green Bar at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 4-7 years, £8
Magical puppetry, original music and interactive play are involved in this Moominvalley workshop.
Tickets are £8 for the child but parents must stay throughout the workshop.
MY FRIEND MANNA WITH BOLATTA SILIS-HØEGH – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 11th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 2.30pm, £6, £8
Festival-goers can get creative and use their imagination in this workshop with published children’s author Bolatta Silis-Høegh. Born in Southern Greenland in 1981, the part Greenlandic and part Latvian artist now lives and works in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Bolatta debuted as an author in 2011, publishing her first children’s book, Aima, which she wrote and illustrated. The follow-up, Aima Shush! was published in June of 2014.
WEST END KIDS
Sun 12th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 11.20am – 12pm, 2.30pm – 3pm, FREE
Elite musical theatre song and dance troupe, West End Kids comprises of 20 talented young performers aged 11 to 18 years from across the country.
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.
PIROK THE ORANGUTAN: ADVENTURES FROM INDONESIA
Sun 12th February, 12pm & 2pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £5 for one child and one adult
An interactive storytelling performance for children aged 4-8 years old. Author Felicia Nayoan Siregar brings her character Pirok and his journeys to life. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHITRA SOUNDAR: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
Monday 13th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £6
Chitra Soundar presents creative writing workshops including Out of Thin Air (10.30am) for ages 6+, Design a Dossier (12.30pm) 7+, and Story on a Board (2.30pm) 7+.
RUG RHYMES FOR UNDER 5’S
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall, 10.30-11am, FREE, 0-5 years
The Poetry Library puppets Federico and Firebird sit on their poem rug with a short session of nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories.
STORIES THROUGH SOUND – SOUND DESIGN WITH SCHOOL OF NOISE
Mon 13th February, 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm, Weston Roof Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £5
School of Noise presents an experimental workshop teaching foley sound design and how to recreate sound effects in an accessible, fun and educational way. Tickets £5 per child, accompanying adults go free and do not need to purchase a ticket.
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 give an introduction to poetry thorough rhyme.
HOLLY STERLING: STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
Tues 14th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 14.30pm, £6
Holly Sterling presents storytelling workshops including Creating Characters (10.30am) for ages 4-6 years; Hiccuping Puppet (12.30pm) for 6-8 years and 14.30pm: Hiccuping Hilarity (2.30pm) for 4-6 years.
SENSATIONAL SENSORY POETRY
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Free but ticketed (one ticket admits one child and one adult), 6-10 years
Poems are not just for the pages of books. Shelley Boden hosts a workshop which uses all of our senses to explore poems from The Poetry Library collection. This session is suitable for blind and partially sighted children.
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.
PJ PARTY WITH TEA DANCE FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Mon 13th February, 12.00pm – 3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free, ages 2-8
Tea Dance for Little People create an exciting interactive afternoon including storytelling, music, film and creative play activities is based around a PJ party and the bedtime routine.
AMAZINGLY MAGICAL POEMS
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 1.30-2.30pm, £4 for children
£8 for adults, ages 5-7 years
The Poetry Library presents a special Imagine poetry reading for five to seven-year-olds and their grown-ups. Featuring one of our favourite picture book poets Peter Bently and teller of tall tales Andra Simons.
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.
INCREDIBLY INCORRIGIBLE POEMS
Mon 13th February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 3pm-4pm, £4 for children
£8 for adults
The Poetry Library present a poetry reading for eight to 11 year olds and their grown-ups. Featuring Liz Brownlee, John Lyons and Kate Wakeling.
PERO THEATRE: ASTON’S STONES – part of Nordic Matters
Mon 13th – Wed 15th February, 11am, 2pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s at Royal Festival Hall, £12/£6 conc, ages 3-6 years
Pero Theatre present Aston’s Stones, a tenderhearted performance piece about a dog who values the smaller things in life.
DEBUSSY AND THE SNOW ELEPHANT
Tues 14th & Thu 16th February, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 0-4, £5,
Blending beautiful chamber arrangements of Debussy’s piano music with a specially-commissioned story from writer Kate Wakeling, this immersive musical adventure from Aurora Orchestra is designed for children aged 0-4 years (dur: 30 mins).
NORDIC TOP TRUMPS – part of Nordic Matters
Tue 14th February, 11.30am – 12.15pm & 1pm – 1.45pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Four storytellers share folklore tales from across the Nordic region. Each storyteller introduces participants to iconic Nordic mythological creatures.
ABBA JUKEBOX: SINGING AND DANCING WORKSHOP – part of Nordic Matters
Tue 14th February, 1.45pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Sing along and get loving to classics from the ABBA jukebox, in this workshop led by experienced singing and dancing leaders. Ages 7+
BOOKTRUST PRESENTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wed 15th February, 10:00am – 13:00pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Chris Riddell and a host of authors and illustrators celebrate the career of 2017’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The name of the winner won’t be announced until just before the event, but previous winners include Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr, and Dame Shirley Hughes who wrote and illustrated the Alfie books. Recommended for ages 5 – 8.
HEVISAURUS – part of Nordic Matters
Wed 15th February,11.30am – 12.15pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 kids, ages 3+
Finnish children’s heavy metal band Hevisaurus make their London premiere at Imagine Children’s Festival. Four insanely popular Finnish dinosaurs (and a dragon) that play power metal for all the children around the world. Since their formation they have become a Finnish institution, selling over 170,000 albums in their home country, and spawning tribute versions in countries around the world.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wed 15th February, 12pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Join host Chris Riddell and other authors and illustrators as they celebrate the career of 2017’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, who will be announced just before the event. Ages 3+
STEP INTO THE WORLD OF PRINCESS ARABELLA
Wed 15th February, 2pm, Sunley Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, £6 (one adult and one child)
Join author and illustrator Mylo Freedman for story time, author Q&A and a demonstration of how she brings her lively princess to life on the page, Ages 4-7.
Thur 16th February, 10.30am – 4pm, £30 (free for accompanying adult)
Join a day-long workshop of hacking heritage, where we explore stories from the past and new content for the future – and perhaps a little coding too. All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout. Ages 7-10.
CHRIS RIDDELL & FRIENDS
Wed 15th February, 2.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 children,
Children’s Laureate illustrator Chris Riddell is joined by VIP mystery guests to celebrate the world of children’s books. The Waterstones Children’s Laureate and his friends incorporate stories and illustrations in this children’s event. All artists appearing in the event are donating their fees to Amnesty. This event is British Sign Language-interpreted. Recommended for ages 7 – 11.
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, Guests are to expect surprises along the way and a prize for the best underwater costumes.
GAME JAM – part of Nordic Matters
Fri 17th February, 10.30am – 4pm, Sunley Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, £30
In this day-long, hands-on workshop, children work with professional game designers to get an introduction to game design and have the chance to try it out themselves.
WHY THE WHALES CAME BY MICHAEL MORPURGO
Fri 17th February, 11:00am, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adult £6 child
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller presents Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo.
JULIAN CLARY AND DAVID ROBERTS
Fri 17th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, £8 £4, for ages 7+
Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary joins award-winning illustrator David Roberts as they introduce their latest book, The Bolds on Holiday. An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, live-drawing from David.
ODDJOB: JAZZOO – part of Nordic Matters
Fri 17th February, 1pm – 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
One of Sweden’s highest ranked jazz groups, MTA Production and Southbank Centre presents the interactive music performance and projection show. Illustrations are by British illustrator Ben Javens with the original text written in Swedish.
Fri 17th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 2pm-3pm, £8 / £4, 10+
Join Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon as she introduces her acclaimed new book for older children, a dark and very funny tale based on the mythical Norse goddess of the underworld, ‘Hel’.
SONGS TO TELL STORIES – part of Nordic Matters
Fri 17th February, 2.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Children aged 8 – 12 on the Imagine Children’s Singing Course have taken songs and stories inspired by classic Nordic children’s tales, to create this performance especially for the festival.
SIR CHRIS HOY
Fri 17th February, 3-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 child
One of Team GB’s most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, introduces his new fiction series for young readers, Flying Fergus and his first non-fiction book for children, On Your Bike. Chris and the Flying Fergus team, co-author Joanna Nadin and illustrator Clare Elsom, talks about the inspiration behind the books, with live drawings.
WORKSHOP OLL & (IM)PRESS WITH ILLUSTRATOR KAATJE VERMIERE – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 18th February, Weston Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am&12pm, Ticketed, £6, 7+
Flemish illustrator Kaatje Vermeire creates illustrations in this interactive workshop using recycled materials (old wallpaper, bizarre textures…), ink rolls and ancient printing technique.
HANS CHRISTIAN, YOU MUST BE AN ANGEL – part of Nordic Matters
Fri 17th – Sat 18th February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12pm & 2pm, Ticketed, £14, 7+
The production was Awarded Danish Reumert of the Year, however the audience in this spectacular promenade performance is not allowed to sit – for the real guests are the ones from the fairytales.
LPO FUNHARMONICS: CONDUCTING SCIENCE
Sat 18h February, Royal Festival Hall, 12pm, adults £18 – £10, children £9 – £5
Music meets science as we discover the secrets behind the extraordinary sounds of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. With on-stage experiments and lots of chances to join in.
READY, STEADY, GO
Sat 18 February – Sun 19 February, St Paul’s Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Ticketed £10 Adult £5 Concession, 3 – 9 years old.
Ready Steady GO! is an immersive theatre show for 3-9 year olds and their families which allows the audience to create, decorate and drive cardboard cars. Presented by A Line Art, Ready Steady GO! – a live creative musical storytelling art show, that invites all the audience to individually colour their own cut-out car. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
SWEDISH BABY RAVE – part of Nordic Matters
Sat 18th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 1pm-3.45pm, FREE
Swedish Baby Rave is almost exactly like a grown-ups rave, except the club music is played at a lower volume, it’s held during the daytime, and has good accessibility and pram parking.
POEMS THAT THINK, LAUGH AND HOWL WITH JOSEPH COELHO
Sun 19th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 2:30pm, £6 one adult and one child
Performance poet Joseph Coelho (CBeebies Rhyme Rocket, winner of the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award for Werewolf Club Rules) showcases a dynamic session where young poets get to create worlds made of paper, sing and learn poetic devices and use fun active game play to create fantastic poetic adventures.
THE STORY POT – part of Nordic Matters
Sun 19th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12noon & 2pm £5 for one child and one adult
International Storyteller Cassandra Wye presents The Story Pot – interactive storytelling performances for all the family. Please note: Different stories are featured at each performance. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.
PICTURES MEAN BUSINESS WITH SARAH MCINTYRE AND FRIENDS
Sun 19th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,11:30am- 12:30pm Free
Co-creator of Pugs of the Frozen North, Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair, Jampires and The Prince of Pants Sarah McIntyre is joined by special guests and discuss illustration. This event includes live interactive drawing, cartooning, and is followed by a book signing and doodling session. Suitable for all ages
LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Sun 19th February, 1pm -3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Leaps and Bounds is an afternoon of accessible activity especially designed for all the family.
Candoco Dance Company lead dance workshops specially designed to be inclusive and focuses on movement. BSL Interpretation. The day’s activities are British Sign Language-interpreted.
Sun 19th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm, 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+
KANGAROO KISSES – INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING SESSION WITH NANDANA SEN
Sun 19th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, £6, Under 7
Award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist Nandana Sen brings an interactive storytelling session, with fun games, animal masks, play-acting, and colouring activities.
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About Nordic Matters
Nordic Matters is a year-long programme of Nordic art and culture in 2017 at London’s Southbank Centre, featuring music, dance, theatre, visual arts, participation, talks and debates, and gastronomy. Chosen from a number of international applicants, Southbank Centre is the sole recipient of a grant from The Nordic Council of Ministers for a new festival celebrating the very best of Nordic art and culture throughout 2017 – one of the biggest cultural-political partnerships of its kind. A particular emphasis will be placed on the idea of play fostering curiosity and creativity, for people of all ages but especially children and young people. Moving beyond popular perceptions of ‘Nordic Noir’ the programme is designed to embed Nordic culture and artists in Southbank Centre’s year-long artistic offer and offer a platform to some of the more ‘hidden voices’ from Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands.