Spine Festival 2017: London’s family arts and culture festival


Spine Festival returns to London in March offering free activities to encourage young people and children to take part in arts workshops, shows and performances at many of London’s libraries.

All activities are free including workshops and events, providing families with “interesting things to do together” as a chance to explore their creativity.

Organised by British literary charity Apples and Snakes, the festival will run from March 4 – 12, 2017 as part of London’s Event Week.

“Spine offers lots of free activities and events for all the family,” said Artistic Director of Apples and Snakes, Lisa Mead. “I encourage families across London to explore the array of events that are happening in our wonderful libraries in March 2017.”

One poet performing at a library in Kingston, Francesca Beard, believes that “libraries are the cornerstone of our democratic civilisation”.

Other than hosting entertainment, Apples and Snakes also use their work to “nurture emerging talents” through offering training, professional development and providing advice.

Set up in 1982 by a group of poets, the Spine festival saw 21 percent of participants visiting many of the libraries for the first time in 2015.

“We are really excited to have our first ever Artist in Residence! Anything could happen! The Spine Festival is a brilliant opportunity to get children and young people enthused about our libraries,” said Sutton Library employee, Rachel Levy, speaking about the last Spine festival in 2015.

The British Arts Council, used part of their £70 million of lottery funding in Grants for the Arts to fund the festival in a push to “support arts and culture across England”.

Across Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster there will be music and dancing from different cultures as well as drama workshops.


Activities in Kensington and Chelsea

  • John Bryne cartoon workshop held in Kensington Central Library, Saturday 4 March between 10:30AM to 11:30AM where young children will be able to create their own cartoons whilst learning to use their imagination. Also open in Brompton Library between 2:30-3:30PM
  • Book workshops held in North Kensington Library, Saturday 4 March 3-4PM. celebrating stories and culture to encourage young people to read more through bringing characters to life.
  • Storytime session held in Brompton Library, Thursday 9 March 10AM-10:30AM.


Activities in Westminster

  • “Wiggle and jiggle” held in Pimlico Library from 10AM to 11AM. Toddlers from the ages of 12 to 30 months are given a music session, encouraging their movement.


When: Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 March 2017
Where: Libraries all over London
Booking: All events are FREE



For updates on the events visit @spinefestival on twitter or at www.spinefestival.com

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