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Festival Goes from Strength to Strength

Festival Goes from Strength to Strength

24th June 2010

After a successful first week, Rotherham's Children and Young People's Festival will be going healthy, inspiring, Shakespearean and munching next week.

The amazing festival which runs until July 9 combines a host of innovative and exciting events under one spectacular roof - the Magna Science and Adventure Centre.

Next week has a definite Shakespearean feel with a four night event (June 28 to July 1) celebrating the work of the Bard and local schools.

There will be performances from 20 Rotherham schools, presented over four evenings, demonstrating that children can understand, enjoy and perform Shakespeare at primary age.

These performances will be uplifting and inspiring for the audience, as children from Rotherham primary schools present their productions of four Shakespeare plays. The performances have been produced with staff from each school, the Open Minds Theatre Company and support from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The other main feature of the week is health with two special events

  • A Healthy Schools day (June 28) for all schools based around the themes of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating. This will be an opportunity for both children and staff to see and try lots of different activities, games, healthy eating and sports.
  • 'RotherMunch' (June 29) is an event to promote healthy eating, active lifestyles, enterprise and communication skills through a huge grow, cook and eat event. Schools and local communities have been challenged to grow vegetables which will contribute to a giant 'RotherMunch' where a 'Ready, Steady' style cook off will provide meals for all from the ingredients they have grown.

RotherMunch is a partnership event developed by TV garden design entrepreneur Lee Bestall, Rotherham Ready, Rotherham Healthy Schools and Inspire Rotherham.

The whole week will round off with a Family Fun Event (July 3 from 10am to 2.30pm) organised by Inspire Rotherham, the borough's Yorkshire Forward funded Literacy and Communication project.

This Saturday morning bonanza will include a whole range of family communication activities, with free resources, workshops with authors and storytellers, performances and visits from local sports stars. There'll be lots of fun literacy activities for all the family to enjoy, showcasing the projects which have been delivered across Rotherham through the Inspire Rotherham Literacy Campaign.

For more details please visit the Festival web pages at www.rgfl.org/childrensfestival

Image caption: The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Rose McNeely and the Mayor's Consort, Vince McNeely join local schoolchildren to officially launch this year's Rotherham Children and Young People's Festival.