THE latest Sheffield Children’s Festival has been hailed as one of the busiest and the best.
Early indications suggest that around 35,900 children, young people and families took part, including 5,400 children involved in projects at their school.
Council leader Julie Dore said: “It’s been another fantastic festival which has brought children their families and communities together through arts, music and dance.
“The stunning line up at this year’s event included some real stand out moments and some of the best street entertainment we have ever seen.”
She paid tribute to Arts Council England, which funded a new and expanded family programme this year, and sponsors Vinci Construction UK, the company which has been rebuilding Sheffield schools and has backed the festival for the past six years.
The festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of Vinci, she said. “Their continued support shows their commitment to building the confidence and future of the children of Sheffield.
“We offer our huge thanks to them for making this festival one of the best attended yet.”
Keith Shivers, Vinci’s UK’s Regional Director, said the event had given many young people “a great opportunity to showcase their talents and fulfil their aspirations”.
He added: “By harnessing the creativity of local children, we believe that our support of the festival truly complements the work we have been doing in partnership with Sheffield City Council on the equally successful Building Schools for the Future programme.”
Now in its 20th year, the latest festival ended last weekend.