Spark Festival 2019 | Sat 30 and Sun 31 March

Spark is Farnham Maltings children and young people’s multi-arts project, bringing people together from across Waverley to enjoy, participate, watch and celebrate the arts.

Our Spark project includes:

  • Vibrant and exciting outreach sessions in visual and performance arts across the local community to children and young people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, vulnerable and battling financial inequalities
  • 2- day festival weekend where we open our doors and offer a programme of free creative workshops, pop up craft, exhibitions and performances for all the family.

Community Outreach Projects:

Spark uses the transformative power of the arts to support young carers, those who are homeless, not in education, employment and training, at risk of offending and participating in anti-social activities, young people with additional needs and those that suffer with on-going substance misuse. Spark enables young people to:

  • Be exposed to and explore creative art forms led by industry professionals
  • Develop fundamental life skills to support their cultural, educational, social and personal development
  • Raise aspirations and achievements through learning and developing creative skills, creating work and discovering talents.
  • Develop independence, resilience and confidence needed to make positive, healthy decisions
  • Build deeper social interaction and healthy friendships enabling them to value differences
  • Build confidence to contribute positively to their communities and make a difference

“The Spark Project is crucial to the development of the lives of young people living in and around the surrounding area of Farnham.’’ Andy Fowler, Spark artists and project lead.

“Spark helped the young people have pride and ownership of their youth hut, it created positive promotion of it within the community and it would not have been possible to makeover the youth hut without the support from Farnham Maltings’ SPARK.”  Tracy Scares, Sandy Hill Detached Youth project, Neighbourhood Youth Worker.

Spark 2-day Festival Sat 30 March 7 Sun 31 March 2019

A whole weekend dedicated to enjoying, participating and celebrating the arts for children, young people and families.

 Creative workshops for young people 5+ 

Sat 30 March 11am– 4pm free

From music making, to dance making, theatre making to craft making there is something for everyone.  No experience required. The day is about having fun and trying something new.

Family workshop with New Adventures – for children and their families aged 0+yrs upwards

Sat 30 March 11-12pm free

New Adventures returns to Spark for the second year to deliver a fantastic dance adventure for children and their families.  Come and step into the world of the iconic Swan Lake and enjoy storytelling together.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Sat 30 March 11.30am & 2.30pm Age guidance: 3+

The Star Seekers (Group bookings and family tickets available) book here

Do you want to fly to outer space? Visit a space station? Become a Star Seeker? Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea? Award-winning The Wardrobe Ensemble have created a unique theatrical experience for children. The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics.

Creative workshops for young people 5+ 

Sun 31 March 12am– 3pm free

From music making, to dance making, theatre making to craft making there is something for everyone.  No experience required. The day is about having fun and trying something new.

Spark Celebration Performance

Sun 31 March 6pm £3

To finish the Spark weekend with a big bang, children and young people from across Waverley will be performing a mixture of dance, drama, music and film pieces.  This is a chance to celebrate the talents of Waverley’s young people and all their hard work.

For all things Spark contact our Community Engagement Producer