12 – 23 Feb 2020

Southbank Centre presents the nineteenth Imagine Children’s Festival in February 2020.

The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together, presenting twelve days of the best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0-11 and their grownups

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The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
Watch the trailer for Michael Morpurgo's Why The Whales Came
Are the Nordic countries the best places to bring up healthy, happy children?
John Hegley reads his favourite childhood poem, Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc
Laura Dockrill, reads her favourite childhood poem Roald Dahl's The Pig
Cargoes by John Masefield read by Francesca Beard
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
The children at Imagine Festival interview writer Frank Cottrell Boyce
Michael Rosen talks about the importance of funny books for kids

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Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Zookeeper hodling a dinosaur
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 21 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 21 Feb 2020
accessible events
british sign language
Have you ever met a dinosaur? Now’s your chance!
Have you ever met a dinosaur? Now’s your chance!
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
family & young people
Family-friendly glamour and glitz abound in a classic tale of identity and belonging
Family-friendly glamour and glitz abound in a classic tale of identity and belonging
Musical Roots
11:30 am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
11:30 am | Sat 22 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra

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The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
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