First Loughborough Festival Of Children’S Illustrated Literature To Take Place In 2015
UK first as five-day festival to be held in the town from 22-26 October 2015
The first Loughborough Festival of Children's Illustrated Literature will take place in 2015. This major five-day event will be held from 22-26 October 2015 and will showcase new and existing literature for children.
The Festival was launched at a major event in Loughborough on 25 October 2014, attended by over 1,000 people. At the launch event, children who took part in the Lantern Making workshop at Charnwood Museum earlier in the week led a procession through Queen’s Park where the Carillon was transformed into a giant, stylised library, piled high with books at all corners. The crowd followed a little girl's adventures on a whirlwind tour of classic children's literature including Alice in Wonderland, visited chronologically through time. It was produced by Many Many Monkeys and Illuminos, with pyrotechnics from Walk the Plank. Many Many Monkeys and Illuminos have produced shows around the country including the recent Luminaire event at Chatsworth House.
The Festival will coincide with Ladybird Books’ centenary in 2015. Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough said: “I remember growing up with Ladybird books and as the company is ingrained in the history and heritage of Loughborough, we are looking forward to proudly celebrating its centenary next year as part of the Festival.”
Councillor Stephen Hampson, Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The lighting up of the Carillon was spectacular attracting a crowd of over 1,000. The light show was a stunning use of technology and transformed story telling.
“The crowd was awe struck by the narrative of several famous children’s stories cleverly projected in such a unique way. It was a thrilling launch of Loughborough’s Children’s Illustrated Literature Festival next year. We can’t wait!”
Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions, added: “The Festival will explore the future of children's illustrated literature and the significance it plays in learning and development. We are delighted that this Festival will bring many interested visitors to Loughborough next year.”
The Festival is supported by Charnwood Borough Council, Arts Council and Leicester Shire Promotions.