Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Submitted by: Juniper Financial Management L

Description

Bank Holiday Monday 28 May 2018 - an interactive outdoor adventure with music, storytelling, dressing up and dancing. We held the first 'Musical Rumpus' in 2017 and approximately 600 people came despite the rain. We need your help so we can make it even bigger and better in 2018 and who knows the sun might even shine.
This free event is an imaginative use of outdoor space – promoting community participation for all the family, particularly children aged between 0-13 years. Strong evidence shows that events such as this help reduce social isolation and make communities feel safer and stronger through bringing people together to participate. Knighton Park Friends Group and Knighton Garden Club are keen to be involved and share our desire for local people to benefit from outdoor activities and the inspiration of the arts especially as the parks’ own budget has been cut for similar activities.
Activities will include performances and participation improving physical activity and health as participants are led through the park on a story trail through a spider’s web woven between the trees. We will have performances by outstanding musicians (lineup to be confirmed). In 2017 we welcomed the outstanding Baghdaddies – a ‘Balkanistic boogie dance band’ who got everyone dancing and a violinist stilt walker.
Families will be invited to dress up and take part in yoga in the sensory garden and enjoy a Bank Holiday picnic, providing families with an inspiring taste of participation in the arts. Recent research shows that this is important for both children and adults in the family with adults who had attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months almost 60 percent more likely to report good health compared to those who had not. As a free event it is accessible to everyone who might not usually think of an arts event as being for them. This is particularly important for children as participation in the arts increases their cognitive abilities and this event could be the start of a life-long connection with the arts. We will be working with our two artists in residence based in Beaumont Leys and Belgrave libraries to bring disadvantaged groups of young people to participate.

The Spark Arts for Children

Location: Palmerston Way, Leicester, United Kingdom

We are committed to offering accessible, high quality, inspirational arts experiences to children aged 0-13 and their families from all races and backgrounds. We are proud to run The Spark Festival which brings exceptional international and national artists to Leicester to inspire children each May.
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