Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank


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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

9 – 19 February 2017


The Imagine Children's Festival is back at the Southbank this February and this year has strong Nordic focus. The action-packed program is full of fun. Here are some highlights:
  • Comedian and author Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduce their new book The Bolds on Holiday - featuring readings and live drawing (17 February)

  • A free pedal-powered film screening of Walt Disney’s classic film The Little Mermaid (16 February)

  • Finnish dinosaur heavy metal band Hevisaurus make their London premiere (15 February)

  • An afternoon of reading and live illustration from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and friends (15 February)

  • Team GB Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy presents a new range of books for young readers Flying Fergus and On Your Bike (17 February)

  • Dancing for babies with Groove Baby (10 February) and Rave-a-Roo, a brand new clubbing experience for the whole family (11 February)

  • The LEGO® team offers the opportunities for festival-goers to help build their vision of the city of the future (12-19 February) and hear the stories of the LEGO Master Builders, who have turned their love for building into a career (11 February)

  • Terry Davies conducts the Aurora Orchestra in René Aubry’s scores for a double-bill of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom (13 February)

  • Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller brings to life Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came, with a live Q&A with Michael Morpurgo (17 February)   

  • Adventures in Moominland - a major new immersive, interactive exhibition from the world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson, with theatrical sets and rare archive objects and illustrations (until 23 April)

  • Breakfast radio star Christian O'Connell introduces Radio Boy: Adrian Mole for the internet generation (13 February)

  • Neverland - an immersive new show for children that uses 360 degree video projections and original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination (7-9 February)

  • Acclaimed children's authors including Michael De Souza, Joseph Coelho, Horatio Clare, Francesca Simon, Pernilla Lindroos, and Birgitta Sif talk about their latest works

  • Wow Hoop, circus performances for all the family from Finnish baby circus director Mette Ylikorva (10 - 17 February)

  • Stories Through Sound experimental sound design workshops with the School of Noise (13 February)

  • Children’s Story Centre presenting Dr. Seuss’ beloved story The Cat in the Hat (12 February)

  • Leaps and Bounds - an afternoon of inclusive dance workshops with the acclaimed Candoco Dance Company (19 February)

  • Kangaroo Kisses - an interactive Storytelling Session with award-winning actor and writer Nandana Dev Sen (19 February)

For the full schedule click here
9 – 19 February 2017



Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

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0871 663 2500

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