Bank Holiday Special: 3 Days of Arts-Inspired Family Fun

If nobody in your household is ready to be dragged kicking and screaming into September just yet, this is your chance to make every last minute of August count! It’s almost Bank Holiday weekend, so here’s my plan for a one-a-day arts fix:

Poetry Saturday
Poetry is just one of a dozen reasons for families to visit the fantastic Curious? festival, as this weekend Kings Cross becomes a maze of discovery. Working with a handful of the 55 arts, culture and science organisations housed in the area, Curious? promises a host of free activities from live art, music, science workshops and pop-up theatre as well as great food and drink, and a dedicated area to busy your toddler! Unmissable for me is the metaphysical poetry recital; Poetrics (Battle Bridge Place, 29th and 30th August, 11am-5pm), which will see words spoken into microphones and transformed into randomly created poetry displayed on 17 special LED panels. If this proves a little too left field, award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho will be hosting Curiosity Quest 1 (The Conduit – the Crossing, 29th August, 12.30pm and 3pm) an interactive family performance where you can play your part in a giant group poem (Curated by Poet in the City).

Art Fair Sunday
On their own version of a Beano, the The Art Car Boot Fair (30th August, 12-4pm, £3) is decamping from London for the Bank Holiday weekend, bringing their refreshing antidote to London’s more formal art fair scene to the seaside town of Margate. The car park of Turner Contemporary will be transformed into an open-air gallery, where you can explore a host of original work and special editions, as well as pick up some serious art bargains. Inspired by the relaxed seaside vibe, it all promises to be a bit of a giggle. There’ll be art you can make yourself, 5 minute portraits and a chance to play Pin the Tiara on Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’. Add this to Turner Contemporary, the Shell Grotto, Dreamland and a gorgeous sandy bay complete with tidal pool and children’s rides and you’ve got the perfect Bank Holiday Sunday. Rain or Shine.

Interactive Theatre Monday
Theatre company non zero one take over the Duffield Studio of the National Theatre’s Clore Learning Centre this weekend and if you’re lucky they are taking your kids with them! In a similar vein to the much talked about Against Captain’s Orders, Ground Control (30th and 31st August, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, £7) is a kids-only interactive adventure for 7 to 12 year olds, aimed at exploring the themes of space and technology in a more creative way. By taking on the role of Ground Control, children will work together to decide the future of a new planet, with a bit of help from a very intelligent live computer and giant projector screen. You, however, won’t be expected to work nearly as hard as that. Instead you can enjoy the peace and serenity of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Top Garden & Bar, child-free for an hour.

All events and activities featured on Arts Aloud are subject to availability at time of going to press. No responsibility taken for events that are cancelled or changed at short notice.

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