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Monday 14 November 2016

Poetry in Motion: Brighton Festival 2017 Announce Kate Tempest Inspired Childrens Parade Theme

The theme for the Brighton Festival 2017 Children's Parade, which will take place on Saturday 6th May 2017, is Poetry in Motion.

Jointly produced with award-winning community arts organisation Same Sky, the annual Children's Parade officially launches Brighton Festival and has enthralled participants and spectators for over 25 years. 

The largest of its kind in Europe, the parade is attended by almost 5,000 children from schools and community groups from across the region and cheered on by many thousands of spectators.

The 2017 theme is inspired by Guest Director Kate Tempest, who was recently unveiled as the latest artistic figure to take up the role of shaping the three-week programme of cultural events. 

Described by the Guardian as "one of the brightest British talents around," Tempest'sprolific artistic output across multiple disciplines has attracted her considerable acclaim and a unique range of audiences. 

Having made her live debut as a spoken-word artist at just sixteen, Tempest is now equally well-known as a poet, novelist, musician and playwright. 

In October, she was invited to perform her new album Let them Eat Chaos in full on BBC2 as part of a specially-themed night to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Kate Tempest says: " .. in these times, with the fear spreading everywhere and the divisions between us deepening daily, we desperately need to remember that we are all part of the same thing. 

"Nothing does that for me more profoundly or joyously than standing in the crowd watching a gig, or a play, or a painting. 

"It's like a little victory you get to keep forever. I want us to offer that experience to everyone." 
 
With a different imaginative theme each year, previous parades have seen children dress up as everything from letters of the alphabet and Brighton street names to books, mermaids and even slices of cake. 

In 2016, participants were invited to be part of a major historical milestone as Brighton Festival celebrated its 50th year, taking inspiration from the people, places, ideas and innovations that shape the city"s unique character and identity from the Prince Regent to Fat Boy Slim.
 
One of the most spectacular community events in the UK, Same Sky spends six monthsworking behind the scenes to create the event, with creative teams instructing teaching staff how to teach dance and parade chants, run free masterclasses, help develop design ideas and encourage imagination to flow.
 
John Varah, Artistic Director, Same Sky says: "Each school will illustrate a favourite children's poem and hit the street with dazzling costumes, puppets and sounds."

Brighton Festival will take place from 6-28 May 2017. The full programme will be unveiled on 15th February 2017.


by: Mike Cobley


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