Spark Festival 2018 | Sat 24 and Sun 25 March

Spark is the Maltings’ annual children and young people’s multi-arts festival, bringing people together from across Waverley to enjoy, participate, watch and celebrate the arts.  Throughout the weekend we have an exciting programme of workshops, pop up craft, exhibitions and performances for all the family to enjoy!

schedule for the weekend

Sign up for FREE creative workshops  (for ages 5-25 yrs)

Sat 24 March 11am – 4pm (booking required)

Get dancing, improvising, making, crafting and just get creative in these fantastic free workshops. From drama to circus, to drumming to crafting to mosaic making – no previous experience required! A great chance to try something new, meet people and just have fun.

Find out more about the individual workshops here.

FREE Family Workshop with New Adventures (for all ages)

Sat 24 March 11am – 12pm  (booking required)

Take part in this magical storytelling adventure with dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. A fantastic chance for families to take part together. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more about this fantastic opportunity here.

The Doodle Dance Show (for all ages)

Sun 25 March 2pm – 3pm – Great Hall

A magical journey of friendship and adventure. Grab a pen and kick off your shoes for this playful, interactive story-show where you can create a world populated by crazy birds, dancing pirates, strange underwater creatures and more! We guarantee this is the most fun you can have with your family and a giant piece of paper!

Book tickets here £7, £5 under 16s

As a grand finale to the Spark Festival weekend there is a Celebration Performance in the Great Hall. 

Sun 25th March 6pm – 8.30pm

A celebratory showcase performed by children and young people from across Farnham and Waverley. Featuring dance, drama, music and film – the perfect finale to the Spark Festival weekend.

Book tickets here £2

spark and beyond

Wrapped around the Spark Festival weekend is an on-going 8 months programme, offering creative projects out and about in the local community to socially disadvantaged, marginalised, vulnerable and isolated young people.  Young people from Surrey Young Carers, Sandyhill Detached Youth Project, Step by Step and a Place To Be youth group are working with professional artists in Graffiti, Dance, Craft, Photography, sculpture.   The keys aims of the Spark community projects are to enable the young people to:

  • Be exposed to and explore an art forms
  • Working as a group / alongside their peers and building positive relationships
  • Learn and develop creative skills
  • Interact and work with a professional artist/practitioner
  • Learn about career pathways exploring how to enter the creative industries
  • Creating new work

A film will be created to showcase the Spark Community Project – see here for 2017 Spark Film.

Spark will culminate in a 2 day residency at Farnham Maltings inviting participants to share skills, take part in workshops and become part of a Spark collective.

‘‘It was so great to have time to myself and do something different’’ – Spark 2017 Participant

‘‘I loved it, I couldn’t think about anything else but making the mosaic when I was doing it – I feel more relaxed’’ – Spark Participant

‘‘The Spark project has made a huge difference to our young people. It has helped the young people to grow in confidence and has given them the opportunity to try a new activity. This has given them the courage to go on to try other new activities. They now smile and laugh.’’ – A Place to be Yourself 

This project is kindly supported by Community Foundation for Surrey, High Sheriff Youth Awards and Waverley Borough Council. Thank you for your valuable support.