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Wednesday 08 May 2019

Brighton Festival 2019 Is Underway After Five Thousand Participate In Children’s Parade

Last Saturday Brighton Festival 2019 launched with a riot of colour and creativity as thousands of children took to the streets in elaborate and impressive costume for the annual Children's Parade.
Credit David Bracey

For thirty years the Children's Parade has officially marked the start of Brighton Festival, with over 5,000 participants, including 3473 school children, stepping into costumes they have designed and made themselves. 

Fifty-eight local schools, take part and enjoy a sense of pride as their hard work turns into a procession of dance, drama and fun. 

Around 10,000 people come along to see the parade and be part of the largest annual children's event in the UK.

The parade is a unique event produced by Same Sky for Brighton Festival, the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England. 

This year's theme was folktales from around the world, in honour of the storytelling theme of the whole Festival, chosen by this year's Guest Director, celebrated Malian musician and humanitarian, Rokia Traoré


Pippa Smith, Brighton Festival"s Children & Family programmer said: 

"Folk tales are typically stories that are passed down from generation to generation and are often linked to childhood memories, when parents or grandparents would tell them at bedtime. 

"There are so many fascinating folk tales to explore, from the Anansi tales of West Africa to European tales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm." 

Schools from across the region were allocated a folk tale from a selection chosen to reflect the diversity of artists taking part in the Festival. 

The stories have been studied and explored by teachers and pupils before being presented in costume, music and carnival structures.

Brighton Festival takes place 4-26 May 2019. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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