Added on: 5th June, 2019 by O1
Thousands of families enjoyed a day packed full of creativity on Saturday (1st June) as Orpington’s glorious Priory Gardens hosted the return of Enchanted in partnership with Orpington 1st and supported by Arts Council England and Clarion Futures.
A free all-day arts festival aimed at 5 - 11-year olds, Enchanted Children's Festival 2019 featured two stages and a myriad of activities and inspiring workshops hosted by local and national artists, providing festival goers with an abundance of opportunities to explore their imagination.
Rooted in the local community, Enchanted engaged local children, young people, educators and artists in projects all year round.
Festival decorations were made by local primary school children from recycled materials on the theme of “Our Oceans.” Their amazing creations, which included a giant sculpture of a mermaid created by the children of St Mary Cray Primary, were displayed at the festival and local art students from London South East Colleges, Orpington campus hand painted banners to go across the front of the main stage.
Families were invited to help rescue Gusita the giant turtle - a 5 metre wide interactive sculpture made from recycled motorbike tyres, metal and reused paints - from a sea of plastic.
Sensational Soul/RnB band, Brown Sugar, fresh off the stage supporting Olly Murs at the O2 Arena, were a big hit with the crowd.
A popular feature making a second appearance was The Wish Tree with festival goers invited to write a wish and hang it in the branches before being sent to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree in Iceland.
MyTime Active hosted a sports area for budding athletes and Footballing favourites Skills Academy wowed crowds with a freestyle show.
Festival organiser and Orpingtonian, Embla Gisladottir, said, “we’re absolutely over the moon with how the festival has gone. It is so special to see so many families enjoy this event and I am really proud of what we have achieved in just the second year of what was a figment of my imagination back in 2017. I am extremely grateful to my team who work tirelessly to help achieve the vision of encouraging creative arts within our community for young people”
Orpington 1st Executive Director, Sharon Baldwin, said, “the business community recognises the importance of providing family friendly events. Celebrating the arts with such an imaginative and immersive program has proved to be a real success and we are delighted to have partnered with Embla to bring such an inspiring event to Orpington.”