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by Angela Lord (subscribe)
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Sing, dance and draw at fun-filled arts fest


If you fancy sketching sheep, conducting an orchestra or taking part in a treasure hunt around Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, come along to the Family Arts Festival which takes place in London and across the UK from 18 October to 3 November.

Around a quarter of the events will be free, with many tickets priced under 10, plus reduced price and family tickets. Full details of the programme are listed on the festival website.

Sheepish Shenanigans is a Big Draw event at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, where budding artists can sketch sheep in the courtyard, or create fluffy landscapes with wool.

Aspiring musicians can become the Philharmonia Orchestra's conductor for the day at Universe of Sound: The Planets at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank.

The London Symphony Orchestra presents Witches, a family concert at the Barbican where children can bring their instruments and play along.

Globe Education will present Muse of Fire, a story-based treasure hunt at Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank.

The Big Barbican Adventure invites families to discover the secrets of this iconic London landmark through clue-solving, drawing and games.

Sadler's Well's Theatre, Islington presents the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty, while the Bloomsbury Festival offers a mixture of dance, world music and singing.

Shoreditch's Rich Mix hosts Sita's Story, introducing children to one of the world's greatest sagas, The Ramayana, using scarves, masks, dance and song.
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Why? Family Arts Festival
When: 18 Oct - 3 Nov 2013
Where: Various venues in London and the UK
Cost: Some events free, others 5-10 approx
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