Easter hol­i­day fes­ti­val of fun-filled drama and ac­tiv­i­ties

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - Arts And Stage - By Sonja Ras­mussen

SPRING must be on its way, and with it comes a spe­cial arts fes­ti­val at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre. This week saw the launch of on­line book­ings for the venue’s Spring Arts Fes­ti­val, of­fer­ing fun-filled drama and arts-based ac­tiv­i­ties for 3 to 16-year-olds in a city cen­tre lo­ca­tion dur­ing the school Easter hol­i­days. Paula Gib­son, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre ex­plained: “Each year more than 20,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple come through our doors and our Spring, Sum­mer and Au­tumn Fes­ti­vals play a huge part in this. “Our Easter Fes­ti­val has re­ally grown from strength to strength over the past two years and, as al­ways, we’re ex­cited about our work­shops for 2011 and have taken on board feed­back from par­ents and the young peo­ple them­selves.” The two-week long fes­ti­val – now in its sec­ond year and at­tract­ing more than 2,500 young peo­ple – runs from Mon­day, April 4, through to Fri­day, April 15, with twohour ses­sions run­ning from 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm. Ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in­clude a chance to travel on a space-tacular ac­tion-packed drama ad­ven­ture with Barry Don­ald­son Or those tak­ing part can learn new theatre skills with Marie Skene. There is also the chance to en­joy the joys of jew­ellery­mak­ing and charisma of crafts with Ali­son Wat­son. And let’s not for­get the

op­por­tu­nity to sing along to your favourite mu­si­cals with Michelle Bruce. Places can be booked on­line or in per­son at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre Box Of­fice. Paula ex­plained: “We in­tro­duced an on­line book­ing sys­tem for our Sum­mer Car­ni­val and this was a huge suc­cess. It’s the first time that we’ve used the sys­tem for the Easter Fes­ti­val but we feel it def­i­nitely makes it eas­ier for peo­ple to reach us.” Hol­i­day Arts Fes­ti­vals have been run­ning at the Arts Cen­tre dur­ing the sum­mer for more than 29 years, of­fer­ing two to five-week pro­grammes of work­shops in per­form­ing arts, drama, dance, mu­sic, craft and an­i­ma­tion. Build­ing on the strength of the Sum­mer Car­ni­val, Spring and Au­tumn Fes­ti­vals have been added to the Cen­tre’s pro­gramme. The Spring Arts Fes­ti­val pro­gramme is avail­able at www.ab­erdeenarts­cen­tre.org. uk. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion phone the Spring Arts Fes­ti­val hot­line on (01224) 635208.

Book­ing is open for the Spring Arts Fes­ti­val.

STEP­PING OUT: Pre­vi­ous dance work­shops at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre fes­ti­vals.

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