Kicking up a stink, knocking down a landmark: Fantastic Feats spells fun for kids in the City
19 August, 2019
Flying trapeze acts, daring dance-circus performances, and the demolition of a 20-metre-high London landmark made of cardboard are some of the treats on offer to families in the Square Mile this summer.
You can watch London’s skyline take shape with human pyramids created by youth dance group, Mimbre, or relax with experimental classical music in some of the City’s ‘sky gardens’, courtesy of music producer, ‘nonclassical’ Kids will enjoy the sights and smells of the Big Fat Poo Berger’s all-round ‘sewerific’ experience, thanks to the Bureau of Silly Ideas, who are celebrating 200 years since the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, creator of London’s sewer network. Alternatively, French street performance group, Générik Vapeur, and flying trapeze experts Gorilla Circus will invite you to explore how not-so-fantastic plastic is having a serious impact on the environment by joining a huge travelling procession through the Square Mile, which takes everyone on an imaginary journey to the island of plastic waste.
‘The London That Never Was’ exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery will explain to you how some of the capital’s buildings could have turned out (but thankfully didn’t…!) while over at the Barbican Estate, dancers from Motionhouse will use their bodies to illustrate the disconnect between urban city dwellers and nature.
The family-friendly and free events form part of Fantastic Feats: the building of London – an immersive, creative, and inclusive programme celebrating London’s long-standing history of architectural and engineering firsts.
It features outdoor art, music and dance performance from a line-up of cutting edge UK and international acts. See the festival’s summer holiday family highlights, in date order below.
Fantastic Feats runs till 1 December 2019.