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This Easter Ventnor Exchange is heading to Newport to host the Isle of Wight Children’s Festival. Two days of theatre, workshops and events. Elana Amodio explores what to look out for.

Are you excited? I know I am! The IW Children’s Festival promises two fun packed days during the Easter school holidays when families will gather in St Thomas Square to engage the young minds of our tight knit community. You can get involved in all the fun activities and watch all the quirky shows the Festival has to offer.

Come along and get your little ones involved, because we believe that even the tiniest minds can be influenced by inventive ways to produce and develop ideas of art, design and performance.

We’ve included as many types of art forms as we could, like puppet shows and outdoor performances, storytelling, arts and crafts, dance and even opportunities to learn about preserving Island history! And don’t even think about missing out on the GIANT PIGEONS! All taking place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of April. 

Venues include the Apollo Theatre which will be hosting Lyngo Theatre’s Puss in Boots and Indigo Moon Theatre’s shadow puppetry Mermarella – a Cinderella story of the Sea , St Thomas Square with The Lost Colour, performed entirely on top of the Puppet Van, Waterstones presenting local authors like Neal Layton and Jules Marriner as well as professional storyteller Sue Bailey, the IW Youth Trust, Independent Arts and the Museum of Island History as well as other businesses taking part in the Festival.

Ventnor Exchange’s Co-Director, Jack Whitewood said “The ambition here is to raise the profile of the needs of children on the Island and to provide a range of opportunities aimed specifically at young people and their families. We want to ensure everyone can have access to amazing arts and cultural experiences, whatever their background.” 

The festival is supported by Newport’s High Street Heritage Action Zone. Heritage Action Zone is a Historic England scheme that wants to boost the success within the town by using the significant background to move forward. Equally, the Festival contributes to a much larger project teaming up with many Newport based partners working together to revive the spirit and new energy within the town.

The Festival is budget friendly, with most activities completely free aside from performances at the Apollo Theatre, which you can book through the links down below. 

The Ventnor Exchange team hopes you all have a break crammed with sun, fun and a chocolate filled tum, because spring has just begun!

We all look forward to seeing you there, so let’s have lots of fun. Fun. FUN!

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