Once Upon A Festival 2018
ONCE UPON A FESTIVAL UPDATE
The fourth annual children’s arts programme Once Upon A Festival has gotten off to a fantastic start last week, the family day opened proceedings at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with performances of Junk Orchestra and artists from Rojo Arts providing workshops and activities, plus the wide programme of shows have been visiting schools and partner venues around Suffolk and Norfolk for their hosted performances.
So far 13 schools have hosted 15 performances in total and there are still a further 10 schools who will receive 12 more performances between them.
Local libraries have been getting involved as well, Newmarket Library hosted a performance of live music and puppetry show The Children in the Moon by The Makeshift Ensemble and Ipswich Library held a performance of Junk Orchestra. Still to come, Newmarket Library has a performance of classical music comedy show Graffiti Classics Wed 20 Jun at 3.30pm and Lowestoft Library will have a performance of Junk Orchestra Sat 23 Jun at 11am.
There’s plenty yet to come at the partner venues too, The Buildy Uppy Dance Show visits the John Peel Centre this Thursday 21 June at 4pm, Junk Orchestra visits National Heritage Centre for Horseracing Sat 30 Jun at 2.30pm, Sheringham Little Theatre has a performance of Graffiti Classics Thu 21 Jun at 6pm and here at Theatre Royal we have performances of The Gruffalo’s Child Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jun.
The festival’s primary aim is to make performing arts more accessible for children in their local communities and with the wide reach of this year’s programme it’s clear even before the end that we have achieved that aim.