Family Arts Festival returns this October half-term
- Claire Flynn
- 3 July 2015
Ratatouille in Concert among highlights of this year's UK-wide event
The Family Arts Festival will be back in 2015 from Fri 9 Oct–Sun 1 Nov. Overlapping with October's half-term school holidays, the festival offers families the chance to take part in 5000 events and activities from over 1000 organisations across the UK.
The only UK-wide, family-oriented festival is now in its third year. The first Family Arts Festival took place in October 2013 and received support from several renowned figures in the arts, including Lord Lloyd Webber and Zoe Wanamaker.
After two successful years, the festival has been extended for 2015, running for three weeks and incorporating a greater number and range of events. Furthermore, a collaboration with BBC’s Get Creative has seen it transformed into the Get Creative Family Arts Festival.
2015 also sees the return of award-winning children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo as Patron.
Highlights from the 2015 programme include:
● The UK premiere of Ratatouille in Concert. Michael Giacchino’s Grammy-winning score will be performed alongside the Pixar movie by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Albert Hall, London, Wed 28 Oct.
● Blackeyed Theatre’s The Great Gatsby. The nationally acclaimed theatre company brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved depiction of 1920s America to life. Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Tues 27–Wed 28 Oct.
● Dance Umbrella’s 16 Singers. Katherine Morley created this for babies of 0-18 months, capturing their attention using breath, rhythms and song. Various venues, London, Thurs 15–Sat 31 Oct.
● Juice Festival 2015. The award-winning art festival returns for its 8th year, showcasing work created by children and young people. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Sat 24–Sat 31 Oct.
● Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Magic and Monsters. A Hallowe'en themed concert featuring witches, wizards, kelpies and singing from the Junior RSNO Chorus. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 31 Oct.
The Family Arts Festival takes place from Fri 9 Oct–Sun 1 Nov.