Family Arts Festival returns this October half-term

Ratatouille in Concert among highlights of this year's UK-wide event

The Family Arts Festival returns this October half-term

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.

Children's Classic Concerts: Magic and Monsters

Owen and Olly are back with a wickedly fun Hallowe'en special, conducted by Jean-Claude Picard and featuring the RSNO Junior Chorus.

The Great Gatsby

  • Directed by: Eliot Giuralarocca
  • Written by: Stephen Sharkey

Blackeyed Theatre's take on F Scott Fitzgerald's novel about America's roaring 20s and a socialite who is obsessed with status.

Juice Festival 2015

This years festival theme is SEEN AND HEARD, showcasing outstanding work created by children and young people as well as a programme of events delivered by regional, national and international artists.

Ratatouille - Live in Concert

Ratatouille Live in Concert will receive its UK premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in October, with the enchanting Disney/Pixar movie screened in full while Michael Giacchino’s classic score is played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the venue, said: “It…

16 Singers (Under 18months)

Carefully crafted choral singing, movement and visuals for babies and grown-ups to enjoy together.


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