All-day mega concert for the under-11s is back

Let's dance: Tickets are now on sale for a special one-off Music and Dance Festival at Swaffham in October

Let's dance: Tickets are now on sale for a special one-off Music and Dance Festival at Swaffham in October

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Make a date – for a special one-off, one-day Music and Dance Festival for under 11s in aid of Children in Need.

Yes, the Concerts for Kids and Music & Movement mega concert is back, with live music, dance, music and arts workshops, stalls, all day cafe and lots of fun things to see and do.

It’s on Saturday, October 17 at the Green Britain Centre at Swaffham, and tickets are already on sale.

The Festival is being co-ordinated by Helen Battelley from Music and Movement and Caroline Southard from Concerts for Kids.

Helen said: “Our local children really know how to love and enjoy our region’s best bands and live music and last year’s music and movement event, Concerts for Kids, was a sell-out!

“We hear it all the time that Norfolk doesn’t have enough live music events for young kids, so this year’s extravaganza has a big festival feel. Brimming with the region’s brightest toe-tapping talent, our festival will inspire young children to enjoy music, dance and movement in some of the most colourful and creative ways you can imagine.”

The story-telling folk songsters Addison’s Uncle will headline the main room while all three levels of this amazing Eco Centre will resonate with drums, dance and delight. Imaginative workshops where young children can sing, dance and experience music first-hand will fill the rooms with energy and excitement.

Smaller acoustic stages will be peppered with musical talent from across Norfolk, giving children and their parents a chance to flow freely from one experience to another.

Helen added: “In addition to live music there will also be Mojo Filter, aka Ben Zaven Crane, who is at the forefront of dance culture and produces music for events and festivals he programmes, ranging from Wilderness to The Secret Garden Party through to sober morning raves at Morning Glory and even dance yogathons. His expertise has been adapted especially for this event in order to host the parent and kiddy rave phenomenon which is named Cheeky Halves .

“This rave will also play host to a number of periphery activities around the dancefloor including children’s reflexology, yoga, meditation and fruit and veg-based smoothies to keep things fresh and raw – all in keeping with a wholesome and mindful awareness of our bodies, inside and out!

“No festival for kids would be complete without bubble machines, face painting, colourful decor, dizzying lights, space to dance or to just sit, observe and take it all in.

“We promise to keep the children invigorated and warm, with stimulating sounds, fancy footwork and lots to experience and learn at our music, dance and arts workshops.”

Helen is an Early Years Dance and Movement consultant, and has been working with young children to help them develop dance and a love of music, movement and rhythm for more than 16 years and is director of www.musicandmovement.org.uk. Her work frequently takes her across the globe and she was recently awarded a tender in the Middle East as EYFS Movement Consultant for BSME; she is currently working towards her MA in Movement Studies.

Caroline trained to be a professional musician at the London College of Music and has since worked on the BBC Proms event development, the Royal Concert and the Festival of Saint Cecilia. She’s worked at the Musicians Benevolent Fund and has also managed high profile musicians such as Steve Reich and Lesley Garrett. Caroline runs www.professionalmusicians.org, identifying amazing musicians for a range of events.

The Festival will be held indoors at the sustainably-driven Green Britain Centre, Swaffham, on Saturday, October 17 from 10-4pm; tickets are available in advance http://www.professionalmusicians.org/concertsforkids/ with all entrance ticket sales going to BBC Children in Need.