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The Belgrade takes part in Family Arts Festival

Posted on 5 September 2013

This year from 18 Oct – 3 Nov the Belgrade is taking part in the Family Arts Festival, together with other local arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Warwick Arts Centre, Compton Verney, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Transport Museum and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. From 18 Oct the Belgrade will be hosting arts activities and events for all ages, from storytelling to drama.

The Festival is part of a two year Family Arts Campaign funded by the Arts Council to increase the provision of arts activity aimed at families. The Campaign is the initiative of six leading arts organisations in the UK which include The Association of British Orchestras, Dance UK, the Independent Theatre Council, The Society of London Theatre, The Theatrical Management Association and the Visual Arts & Galleries Association.

The Belgrade has programmed various arts events to conicide with the festival which aims to appeal to families of all ages. On Fri 18 & Sat 19 Oct, the Belgrade is bringing back it’s poetry in performance production, Being Human, celebrating 35 extraordinary poems about love, loss, fear, longing, hurt and wonder, all performed by a cast of 3 actors.

From, Weds 23 – Sat 26 Oct, the Belgrade is hosting a production where the central focus of the story is about families and in particular mother/daughter relationships. Kindertransport is the deeply-moving play which recounts a daughter’s experience of being separated from her mother during the Second World War. Recommended for ages 11 plus.

From 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov, the raucous musical comedy, Our House, comes to the Belgrade and is an uplifting tale of life and love set in London’s famous Camden Town in the ’80s. Inspired by the music of Madness, Our House features all the classic, feel-good hits including Our House, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove, Night Boat to Cairo and It Must Be Love. Recommended for ages 12 plus.

For younger children, we will also have Nikky the Storyteller, who will bring her original rhyming tales, and her cast of puppet characters, “Out of the air, into my brain, out of my mouth and into your ears”. This event is entirely free to attend on Fri 1 Nov at 11am and 2pm. Please reserve your place with box office in advance.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for other family friendly activities and events going on in and around the theatre during the Festival.

For more information on the Family Arts Festival, visit www.familyartsfestival.com.

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