Youngsters enjoy a bit of a Flutter

MORE than 1,000 handmade butterflies helped the 2010 Sheffield Children's Festival take off at an official launch party in the Millennium Gallery.

Pupils from Norfolk Primary School showed off their creations at the start of the annual three-week celebration of the best art and culture created by the city's young people.

The 18th festival is jam-packed with more than 50 events and exhibitions across the city involving thousands of youngsters.

The butterflies were part of a colourful display called Flutter, devised by artist Tom Betts, digital arts group Lovebytes and created by four- to 11-year-olds in schools all over Sheffield.

The finished works were on show all over the weekend, with children able to scan the butterflies and project them, creating an animated 'flutter' in a giant butterfly net.

Tom said: "The Flutter project has been a brilliant opportunity to engage with a unique audience of young people, all of who actively contributed to the production of 1,500 digital butterflies."

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