The Big Imaginations Festival has added an extra spark of ingenuity this year to bring a digital festival of adventure for children this half-term.
The festival is known for bringing family-friendly theatre, storytelling, music and art from national and international companies to audiences in a wide range of venues across the north – from traditional theatres to libraries and galleries.
This year, the festival is working again with a range of venues including Z-Arts and Manchester and Oldham Libraries. But, thanks to technology, the setting is even more intimate as the shows are to be streamed live via Zoom to watch at home.
Auntie Ivory kicks off the festival at Z-Arts with Drag Queen Story Time. Created by San Francisco author and activist, Michelle Tea, the show is suitable for children aged 3+ and aims to inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others.
As an introduction to theatre for little ones aged 0-5, Land of Nod is a sensory storytelling show, Inspired by the poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field which explores the magic of bedtime and the beauty of children’s imagination.
Other shows include: Curious Investigators, a new interactive show made especially for online audiences aged 3-7; When We Started Singing An uplifting short film about an old man and his tortoise, featuring BSL, storytelling and song for children aged 5 and older; Dust, the story of an unlikely friendship for children aged 4-9; and When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish where children aged 5 and over are invited to save the day after a grotesque gang of greedy trolls steal all the village’s pets – including Nikki’s favourite goldfish, Great Bumbleduke the Third.
The festival also celebrates International Mother Tongue Day with A full day of songs, crafts, music, and videos from multilingual groups, streamed from Manchester Libraries.
The Big Imaginations Festival takes place from 12-21 February 2021. For tickets and more details visit bigimaginations.co.uk