Ten things to do at the Pop-Up Festival




CHILDREN’S writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers will be entertaining and inspiring families at the FREE family Pop Up Festival of Stories at High House Production Park in Purfleet, Thurrock, a fourteen acre site which is the result of a long term collaboration between the Royal Opera House, Creative & Cultural Skills, ACME Studios ,Thurrock Council, Arts Council England, together with the departments of Business Innovation and Skills, Communities and Local Government and their agencies.

The exciting day of events, activities and art workshops will celebrate children’s literature with a twist bringing children and families together to enjoy and participate in stories.

Here are our top ten recommendations:

1. Storytelling and Arthurian Games Wandering story teller, Richard Sylvester, delights audiences with tales based on local and historical research, while Arthurian games and activities take place in a medieval pavilion on The Green led by Julia Golding, who wrote the Young Knights of the Round Table series.

2. A Pop Up Jungle Over at Enginuity Ken Wilson-Max, a prolific author and illustrator of books for the very young, creates a pop-up jungle with life-size 3D animals and soundscape

3. Build a giant toy theatre bring legendary creatures to life with Jane Ray’s mythical beasts and magical worlds

4. A 21st Century riff on a Grimm fairytale poet and performer Kayo Chingonyi devises a Grimm fairytale-inspired performance event in the Covered Bays at Ironbridge entitled ‘In Search of Fear’, with local young actors, a fiddle player and composer.

5. A Pop up Jazz Club for children and families – Mr Big, illustrator Ed Vere’s 50s era jazz joint ‘The Blue Banana’ features a cabaret line-up, whacky cocktails and compulsory dressing-up

6. Create your own giant work of art Katie’s Picture Show creator James Mayhew’s pop-up art gallery, where giant art-works by classic artists come to life co-created by children and parents

7. Transform an ordinary city into an enormous mobile installation ‘Ruby’s Playground in the Sky’ with illustrator Thomas Docherty

8. Poetic Debaters Project Performance Poet Zena Edwards compares an issue-based gaming event where young poets battle for change!

9. Find the Spooktorium! Use your imagination to transform useless-nothings into spooky-somethings

10. Kite Spirit Explore the landscape of a writer’s imagination with Sita Brahmachari and set your kite spirit free

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