Games and glory at Sheffield Children’s Festival

Manor Lodge Primary School creating art for the Fathom exhibition
Manor Lodge Primary School creating art for the Fathom exhibition
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AN Olympic flavour is on the timetable for this year’s spectacular Sheffield Children’s Festival.

Many events in the extravaganza - the largest in the country - are based on or inspired by the London games this summer.

Youngsters will perform special dances which have been inspired by the torch relay on the same day the Olympic flame arrives in Sheffield on Monday, June 25.

An animated film based on the flame’s journey crafted by 900 children, who each made an individual frame with artists Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler, will also go on show.

The festival runs from June 18 to July 14 and last year more than 30,000 people took part.

It kicks off with Camp Cardboard, where youngsters make tunnels, chambers and secret passageways from boxes, at the Winter Gardens.

“The children’s festival is all about getting involved,” said Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader.

“Not just the children who are performing or showcasing their work, but parents, carers, families, everyone in the city.

“For over 20 years the festival has been giving children a chance to get involved in the arts.

“Well over a quarter of a million children, young people and families have taken part.”

Exhibitions, performances, workshops and family events take place at venues across the city.

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

The festival gets children working with professional artists and performers to showcase creative talents.

It is funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by VINCI Construction UK.

n Programmes are available at libraries, the Winter Garden or www.sheffieldchildrensfestival.org.