From the 7th to the 18th February and marking its 17th year, the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival will return. 


The annual multi-arts festival will return to the Southbank Centre for its 17th year in February with twelve days of activities for children and families to get stuck into.

The 2018 festival will put storytelling right at the heart of it, with the programme including a specially curated Royal Festival Hall event celebrating the world’s leaders and pioneers who have changed the world, to inspire the next generation of young changemakers.

Imagine Children’s 2018 Festival will also include in its lineup numerous playful events and activities such as super hero parties, magical immersive adventures and snail friendships – with something for everyone to enjoy.

Also returning for 2018 is The Kids Takeover, which offers children the opportunity to manage the festival from selling programmes, checking tickets to making intercom announcements.

Highlights of the festival is set to include:

-Snigel and Friends, the story of an inquisitive snail and his insect friends, by award-winning performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch.

– Authors and illustrators Kate Pankhurst and Andrea Pippins, alongside a host of special guests, explore the world’s leaders and pioneers, in a specially curated event celebrating People Who Changed the World.

– Award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson discussing her much-loved characters including Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker, as well as her latest novel Wave Me Goodbye, set at the start of World War Two.

– A family fun quiz extravaganza with stand-up comedian and hilarious quiz-master Patrick Monahan.

Talking about the festival Tamsin Ace, Imagine Children’s Festival Lead Programmer said: “At Southbank Centre we believe in the power of storytelling to enable children to better explore the world around them. We also want to make sure that children have access to great art from the earliest ages.With fifty per cent of our festival programming free, we hope this enables all types of families from all backgrounds to come along and try something new at Imagine.”

Imagine Children’s Festival returns to the Southbank Centre from the 7th to the 18th February 2018. For more information visit:


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