The Northern Festivals Network announce their 2016 programme of spellbinding arts programming for family audiences. Led by Wild Rumpus, award-winning producers of the Just So Festival the network includes some of the most exciting and varied festivals in the UK today (in date order this summer Underneath The Stars, Blue Dot, Cloudspotting, Kendal Calling, Just So, Festival Number 6 and Ramsbottom Festival) and has recently been awarded arts council strategic touring funding to continue its shared commitment to raise the bar of family programming at greenfield festivals, increasing the amount of high quality touring arts for families and creating an environment where it can thrive.
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For highlights of the programme see below:
Long, Broad and Sharpsight – an incredible new physical show from visual theatre company Sharklegs blending stilt-walking, sword-fighting and adventuring (Underneath The Stars & Just So)
Suitcase Stories – a new interactive performance from Taking Flight Theatre challenging the family audience to unlock the suitcases and release the characters. (Underneath The Stars, Just So and Ramsbottom)
Spellbinding site-specific giant puppets, performance, stilt walking and carnival procession from Handmade Parade(Blue Dot, Cloudspotting, Kendal Calling, Just So, Festival Number 6)
Experience unforgettable worlds like no other in The Raree Man’s Peepshow – a new show from Promenade Promotions (Kendal Calling, Just So, Festival Number 6)
Relive the joys of the fairground and become part of a carousel in Cheval Solitaire, a new dance and music show for early years by aboutNOWish (Kendal Calling, Just So, Festival Number 6).
Site-specific glorious dance from Axial Dance celebrating family disco dancing, the art of tea and other shenanigans (Cloudspotting, Festival Number 6, Ramsbottom Festival)
Encounter an aerial Urban Astronaut (Blue Dot) and step into a magical storytelling experience in Travelling Treasury (Underneath The Stars, Just So) from Highly Sprung.
Reynard the Fox a brand new show about the Woodland’s most infamous scoundrel from The Fabularium (Kendal Calling, Just So).
Theatrical dreamscapes and curious performers from Copperdollar (Kendal Calling, Just So, Ramsbottom Festival)
Explore The Last Post letter writing emporium and immersive theatre from Kilter Theatre (Just So, Ramsbottom Festival)
These touring performances will form part of the unmissable family offer at each individual festival.
The Northern Festivals Network are also currently with Unlimited Impact, working on a £15,000 commission for a new dynamic piece of family work, giving deaf and disabled producers a platform to develop their art.
Artists, companies, festivals and venues who would like to find out more can contact Cathryn Peach, Creative Producer firstname.lastname@example.org 07812 671 908.