Emerge is a regional programme of fantastic and FREE one-day festivals led by young people in the heart of local communities, managed by The Mighty Creatives in partnership with Arts Connect and UK Young Artists.

The Emerge festivals are directed by a commissioned young artist, in partnership with schools and community organisations in the Midlands. Over the past two years Emerge has delivered 24 children and young people-led arts festivals in 12 Midlands locations. The festivals celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare, with an emphasis on language and storytelling using a range of different disciplines from performance to visual art.

The Emerge festivals happen simultaneously across the East and West Midlands over one day, for 2018 that day will be 21 April with over 450 young people taking part.

If you live in or near to any of the following areas, make sure you head along for what will be a fantastic family day out! The festivals are entirely free.

Emerge 2017 – 21 April 

Horncastle

Venue:  Horncastle Church, Community Centre and Lion Theatre, Horncastle

Times:  11 – 9pm, 11 – 5pm Church and Community Centre and outside, 7 – 9pm Lion Theatre

Booking:  Not applicable. Find out more.  

Spalding

Venue:  Ayscoughfee Hall & Gardens, Spalding Market Place and South Holland Centre

Times:  12 – 6.30pm Ayscoughfee Hall & Gardens, Spalding Market Place and 6.30 – 9pm South Holland Centre

Booking:  Find out more

Boston

Venue:  Thomas Middlecott, Kirton

Times: 12 – 5pm

Booking:  No booking necessary. Find out more.

Corby

Venue:  The Core at Corby Cube and around the outside and around town centre

Times:  11am – 3pm. Performance tours inside The Core at Corby Cube: 1 – 1:30pm, 1:45 – 2:15pm, 2:30 – 3:00pm. Activities from 11am – 3pm. Performance tours inside The Core at Corby Cube: 1 – 1:30pm, 1:45 – 2:15pm, 2:30 – 3:00pm

Booking:  To book visit The Core at Corby Cube’s ticket office, or book by telephone at 01536 470470 or online. Find out more. 

Mansfield and Ashfield

Venue:  Mansfield Old Library, Leeming St, Mansfield, NG18 1NG

Times: 11am – 3.30pm

Booking:  No booking necessary

Walsall

Venue:  Walsall Arboretum, Lichfield St, Walsall, WS4 2BU

Times: 12 – 4pm

Booking: No booking necessary. Find out more.

Wolverhampton

Venue:  Wolverhampton Light House,The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Time:  12 – 5pm

BookingFind out more 

Dudley

Venue:  Haden Hill House, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU

Times:  12 – 3pm

Booking:  No booking necessary. Find out more.  

Sandwell

Venue:  Manor House Museum, Hall Green Rd, West Bromwich B71 2EA

Times:  12 – 3pm (Activities 12 – 1.30pm and Emerge performances 1.30 – 3pm)

Booking:  No booking necessary. Find out more.

Tamworth

Venue:  Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth, B79 7NA

Times:  10am – 5pm

Booking:  No booking necessary. Find out more. 

Cannock Chase

Venue:  Cannock Library and the Museum of Cannock Chase- a vintage bus will take you between the locations

Times:  10am – 4.30pm

Booking:  No booking necessary. Find out more.