Youngsters get buzz at creative festival

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SCORES of Sheffield schoolchildren are gearing up to show off their creative talents in the country’s biggest art event for youngsters.

Sheffield Children’s Festival will again bring a host of activities and performances to venues around the city in June and July.

Youngsters from Hunters Bar Infants School dressed up as bumblebees to help give the event a buzz when officials gathered for its launch.

This year’s programme, involving hundreds of pupils from dozens of schools, is out now and people across the city are being urged to get involved.

One of the festival highlights includes Beeline, a beautiful sculpture display at the Millennium Gallery on Arundel Gate, with a workshop for visitors to have a go at sculpting.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children, said: “The festival is all about getting involved. Not just the children who are participating but parents, carers, families, everyone in the city.

“There is so much happening we’d urge people to pick up a programme and come and see for themselves.

“Over the years well over a quarter of a million children, young people and families have taken part in Sheffield Children’s Festival.”

The festival runs from June 20 until July 10 and includes exhibitions, performances, workshops and family events.

Schools have already been busy rehearsing and creating artwork in preparation.

Catherine Carr, deputy head at Hunters Bar Infants, said: “It is so important to get pupils involved in the Children’s Festival.

“We’ve been a supporter for many years and it is a fantastic experience.

“Families, parents and siblings can get involved in the festival, too.”

Sheffield Children’s Festival gets youngsters working with artists and performers to showcases their talents.

The combination aims to inspire children, giving them memorable experiences and raising their confidence and aspirations, the council says.

The programme is available at libraries, children’s play centres, shops, cafes, theatres, the Winter Garden and venues across the city - or online at www.sheffieldchildrensfestival.org.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Vinci Construction UK, the contractor hired to rebuild Sheffield’s secondary schools.