Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val plans gather pace

Beano theme ex­hi­bi­tion now in­stalled at mu­seum

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

PREPA­RA­TIONS for this year’s Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val are well un­der­way with the Beano-themed ex­hi­bi­tion at Charn­wood Mu­seum now in­stalled and the iconic book benches re­lo­cated around Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre.

The Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val of In­cred­i­ble Il­lus­tra­tions and Bril­liant Books takes place at venues around Lough­bor­ough from Oc­to­ber 18-23 with a range of lit­er­ary events and shows for chil­dren and fam­i­lies across six days.

This year, the fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of the Beano - the long­est-run­ning Bri­tish chil­dren’s comic. Charn­wood Mu­seum is host­ing a spe­cially com­mis­sioned ex­hi­bi­tion of Comic Art cel­e­brat­ing the Beano with lots of spe­cial Beano work­shops in­clud­ing Den­nis the Men­ace and Min­nie the Minx tak­ing place through­out the fes­ti­val.

In ad­di­tion, some of the na­tion’s best-loved au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors will of­fer wacky work­shops, splen- did sto­ries and hi­lar­i­ous live per­for­mances to bring the world of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture to life. Nine hand-painted book benches have been lo­cated through­out the town, fea­tur­ing some of the na­tion’s favourite Lady­bird ti­tles in­clud­ing Shop­ping with Mother, Cin­derella and Bun­nikins.

Au­thor John He­g­ley and il­lus­tra­tor Neal Lay­ton will present the tale of Stan­ley’s Stick live and Clare El­som, the il­lus­tra­tor of the best­selling Fly­ing Fer­gus se­ries, will in­tro­duce her hi­lar­i­ous, brand-new se­ries, Ho­race and Har­riet.

Loogaba­rooga 2018 will also have an ex­tended schools pro­gramme that com­bines or­gan­is­ing au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors go­ing into schools, as well as giv­ing schools the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend per­for­mances and work­shops as part of the fes­ti­val.

For up to date in­for­ma­tion, the full pro­gramme of events and to book tick­ets, visit www. loogaba­rooga.com

Loogaba­rooga is or­gan­ised by Le­ices­ter­shire Pro­mo­tions and Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil and sup­ported by Love Lough­bor­ough.

Coun Jenny Bokor, lead mem­ber for Lough­bor­ough at Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about this year’s fes­ti­val and to be cel­e­brat­ing such a spe­cial year for The Beano.

“We’ve got lots planned and just like the comic, there will be plenty of fun, laugh­ter and maybe even a lit­tle bit of mis­chief.

“Please have a look at our packed pro­gramme of events and book your places soon. We’re also pleased to be bring­ing back the Loogaba­rooga benches for an­other year as they cer­tainly brighten up the town and are ex­tremely pop­u­lar.”

Martin Pe­ters, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Le­ices­ter­shire Pro­mo­tions, added: “The Beano has been a leg­endary part of grow­ing up for gen­er­a­tions of read­ers and the ex­hi­bi­tion and ac­com­pa­ny­ing themed events are well worth a visit for chil­dren and par­ents alike.

“The pro­gramme for this year’s Fes­ti­val has plenty of op­tions for all fam­i­lies and we hope that they’ll find the events fun, en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive.”

Lough­bor­ough has had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture since the very first Lady­bird book was pro­duced by a job­bing printer called Wills & Hep­worth in the town dur­ing the First World War. Lady­bird books were printed at An­gel Yard in Lough­bor­ough from 1915-1973 and the first Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val in 2015 co­in­cided with Lady­bird Books’ cen­te­nary.

The Beano.

The launch of the Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val.

One of the book benches in Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre.

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