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New family festival launched to 'celebrate creativity'

SPARK will take place on Good Friday

A brand new one-day family festival for the Island community celebrating creativity will be launched this Easter weekend.

Taking place on Bank Holiday Friday 29 March (Good Friday) SPARK will be the first iteration of a festival for children - and their grown-ups - at the Villa Marina and will see all areas of the building animated with events including live performances, workshops and interactive experiences. 

The theme for this year’s festival is 'magic' and will run from 10am until 6pm.

SPARK’s headline act will be magicians Morgan and West performing their Massive Magic Show for Kids in the Royal Hall.

Aimed at children aged six upwards, the show is described as ‘one hour of non-stop fun for all the family’ which has toured extensively worldwide.

Other highlights include Musical Adventures with Singing Jo & Co, Manx Family Concerts Present a concert of Room on the Broom, Pop-Up Art Tank Workshop from Kensington Arts, Encanto Sing-Along at Broadway Cinema and Pop in and Play Sessions at Dragon’s Castle.

A Sign-Supported English Interpreter will be present at the 3.30pm performance of Room on the Broom.

Head of Culture and Arts, Sarah Wilson-White, said: "SPARK is about young people and their grown-ups experiencing and celebrating creativity together – from singing, painting and watching live performance – there’s something for everyone at the festival and we can’t wait for audiences to try something different and make some great memories together at VillaGaiety."

Tickets for ticketed events start from £3 and there will be a variety of food vendors and ice-cream on offer in the gardens. 

More information about the full SPARK programme and how to purchase tickets can be found HERE.

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