This year’s Sheffield Children’s Festival opens this weekend and it was 20 years ago that it first appeared in its present form giving children across the city a chance to show off their creative talents.
The one-week 1993 event grew out of the the 1991 and 1992 Sheffield Cultural Festivals which had involved bringing in international performers to entertain children. The one-week event, linked to the Sheffield’s Centenary celebrations, had 43 schools participating .
In many cases the children worked with professional artists . At Newfield School these 11-year-olds were making a giant Cyclops for the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
In 1994 it was extended to two weeks, with Destination Sheffield taking over management from Sheffield City Trust and the City Council.