Sheffield’s Festival of fun comes of age

Keith Shivers Regional Director VINCI Construction UK'Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council '2 year old Aster Wood'Ibrahim Zaman Age 10 and Maddie Chamberlain Age 10 from Lowfield Primary School 'Artist James Green
Keith Shivers Regional Director VINCI Construction UK'Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council '2 year old Aster Wood'Ibrahim Zaman Age 10 and Maddie Chamberlain Age 10 from Lowfield Primary School 'Artist James Green
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Sheffield Children’s Festival is back - celebrating 21 years at the heart of the city’s cultural calendar.

It’s the largest event of its kind anywhere in the UK, and down the years over 250,000 young people have helped it to grow and grow.

A packed programme of activities is planned for the anniversary year, with events running from Saturday, June 15, until Saturday, July 7.

The idea as always is to provide the perfect showcase for the city’s youngsters to show off their creative talents, at a series of fun family-friendly activities.

The 2012 festival was the biggest to date, with almost 36,000 children, young people, parents and carers playing their part.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The Children’s Festival is all about getting involved - not just the children who are performing or showcasing their work, but everyone in the city.”

The fun kicks off with a massive domino topple, an Edwardian-inspired musical, storytelling theatre from The Brothers Grimm, and a puppet show with Scarabeus Aerial Theatre who will be swinging from the trees of Weston Park.

Schools have been busy with professional artists creating artworks, including a huge Steel City Cascade to be hung from the roof of the Winter Garden. Productions include Sweeney Todd at the Crucible and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Montgomery Theatre.