South Ken Kids Festival 2017

South Ken Kids Festival - a Franco-British Festival celebrating Children's literature
13-19th November 2017 at the Institut français 

Founded by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the South Ken Kids Festival celebrates its 20th birthday this
year! Under the patronage of Quentin Blake - who has also given his name to the Children’s Library of the Institut français – the South Ken Kids Festival promotes the best of children’s literature and fosters exchanges between authors and illustrators from both sides of the Channel. It has been supported by Arts Council England since 2014.

Quentin Blake commented “I was lucky enough to be involved in our festival right from the start. I have seen this celebration of writing and reading and drawing grow – it becomes more and more amazing!“ 

Open to young audiences from toddlers and their families to Young Adult readers, the South Ken Kids Festival will welcome over 20 newly writers and illustrators from France, the UK, and beyond, alongside booktubers,
translators, musicians and actors. They will take part in a great range of educational activities organised with 35 partner schools throughout London, and in public events held at the Institut français, including workshops, talks, live drawing and storytelling, films, music, BookTube reviewing, theatre and book signings.

The festival will kick off with a musical and poetic event featuring British writer and children’s laureate Michael
Morpurgo and French illustrator François Place.

Live drawing events will bring together star illustrators and rising talents, such as Benji Davies and Kitty
Crowther, Aurélie Guillerey and Axel Scheffler, and will culminate in a special birthday live drawing and music
jam Impro!, a many-handed performance during which present and past guests of the festival will be drawing live on stage to the sound of Jacques Tellitocci’s vibraphone.

Amongst a total of 30 events and workshops, highlights include a music performance by the world-renowned Gipsy Kings with Chico, a special public appearance of Quentin Blake who will be sharing his love for France, and an evening of music and live drawing with French graphic novelist and illustrator Baudoin, this year’s artist in residence.

Working with 80 French and British children’s publishers, this year’s edition will also have a special strand on
digital activities, including workshops with BookTubers Lemon June and Katherine Woodfine, the OKIDO
Magazine, and a nationwide BookTubing competition inviting children to record their own video book review.

Bilingual throughout, and even multilingual at times, the programme will have a focus on translation activities
with a special talk on the ‘Aarhus 39’ project in partnership with Hay Festival, a multilingual Slam poetry contest and translation workshops.

To see the full programme, info & bookings, click here.


South Ken Kids Festival

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