Brighton Festival announce theme for Children’s Parade 2017

Besi Besemar November 12, 2016

web-300The theme for the 2017 Children’s Parade, which takes place during the Brighton Festival on Saturday, May 6, is Poetry in Motion.

Jointly produced with award-winning community arts organisation Same Sky, the annual Children’s Parade officially launches Brighton Festival.

The largest of its kind in Europe, the parade is attended by almost 5,000 children from schools and community groups from across the region and cheered on by many thousands of spectators.

Previous parades have seen children dress up as everything from letters of the alphabet and Brighton street names to books, mermaids and even slices of cake.

In 2016, participants were invited to be part of a major historical milestone as Brighton Festival celebrated its 50th year, taking inspiration from the people, places, ideas and innovations that shape the city’s unique character and identity from the Prince Regent to Fat Boy Slim.

The 2017 theme is inspired by Guest Director Kate Tempest, who was recently unveiled as the latest artistic figure to take up the role of shaping the three-week programme of cultural events.

Described by the Guardian as “one of the brightest British talents around,” Tempest’s prolific artistic output across multiple disciplines has attracted her considerable acclaim and a unique range of audiences.

Pippa Smith
Pippa Smith

Pippa Smith, Brighton Festival 2016’s Children & Family programmer, said: “We are thrilled with this year’s theme and we are really looking forward to seeing the creativity of the teachers and the ingenuity which they bring to this annual celebration.”

Brighton Festival will take place from May 6-28, 2017.

The full programme will be unveiled on February 15, 2017.

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