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Imagine Children's Festival 2014

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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Where Make Believe Comes Alive


Do you remember how magical life was when you were a child? Everything was about ten times more exciting because our imaginations were about ten times as more creative. If you have ever seen an episode of The Rugrats then you'll know what I mean. Cats become tigers, parks become jungles, and a sofa turns into a tall mountain. If an adult saw the world like this then they'd probably be accused of smoking something.

So if children have better imaginations than adults, then maybe it is time they were the ones who organised all the children's events. Well that time has come. In fact it comes every year. It is the annual Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank Centre. A festival for kids, by kids. Between the 10th - 23rd February you will get to see the top names in children's literature, dance, theatre, and art, and take part in loads of free activities.

You've probably heard of all the teenagers out there who form high school bands, but there are plenty of younger kids out there with lots of talent; Battle of the Bands is a chance for under 12s to perform and compete. There will also be the opportunity for young writers to prove they have the literary X Factor in a Live StorySlam.

If the kids want to be creative without having to get up on stage, then there will be several drawing, craft, and writing workshops. They can also have fun dressing up by upcycling material and strutting their stuff down the catwalk, or delving into the costume box to become a lion, penguin, pirate or spaceman.

Get sharing in a clothes and book swap; a great way to have a clear out, update your wardrobe and read new books for free.

Even grown-ups can join in the fun in a discussion about five great children's poets that every adult should read. These include Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Eleanor Farjeon, Ted Hughes and Adrian Mitchell.
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Why? Fun for children
When: 10th -23rd Feb
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: Free-15
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