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The South Ken Kids Festival 2017

From 13/11/2017 at 09:00 to 19/11/2017 at 20:00

"A Franco-British Festival celebrating Children’s literature under the patronage of Quentin Blake" 

13 – 19 November at the Institut français in London 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.

“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!“ 
Quentin Blake

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 (NOW SOLD OUT), a special public appearance of Quentin Blake who will be sharing his love of 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 Book Tubers Lemon June and Katherine Woodfine, the OKIDO Magazine, and a nationwide Book Tubing 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.

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