As many young people demonstrated at the school climate strikes last month with their response to the plight of our planet, they have a voice and deserve to be heard.

This year’s Festival is looking forward to giving young people a platform to express themselves, teach them new skills, encourage their talents and, most importantly, have fun.

An all-day free event, Festival in the Park promises a fun-filled day out for all the family, with circus and music workshops, comedy performances, and acrobats to watch and take part in. Make short animations with Create Studios, or paper puppets with Gwendolyn Scott, and then end the day with a Festival Finale like no other, from The FarmYard Circus with songs, sequins and stunts.

Rapport, a teenage performing arts group, present Everybody, a show challenging societal perspectives and stereotypes. Written, produced, directed and choreographed by the group the performance reflects their thoughts through the medium of dance and drama. There is something both raw and real about this show. It brims with the sincerity, authenticity, honesty and freedom of young people expressing themselves, as distinct from adults’ ideas of themselves.

Prime Theatre invites young people to develop their talents in a full day workshop, Storytelling: Creating together. Ages eight to twelve can work together to build an interesting story on stage with theatrical sound, lighting, and costume.

Jacob Hi-Ho and Darine Flanagan will be offering acrobatics workshops to learn techniques to combine with dance. The duo offers a wealth of experience in circus arts, dance and performance in these two workshops for ten to fifteen-year-olds, and sixteen years upwards.

When Ghosts Tell Stories free writing workshop will bring the past alive, encouraging participants to use real historical heroes and villains at the centre of their stories. Led by acclaimed author of The Lydiard ChroniclesElizabeth St John, When Ghosts Tell Stories is in association with Prime Theatre Writers’ Pad for ages ten and older, part of the St. Mary’s Church Lydiard Tregoze Conservation Project.

An eclectic mix of workshops, performances, and free fun for young people.

Book your tickets for any of these or our other events at swindonspringfestival.co.uk.

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