Free pop-up Festival of Stories at Ironbridge on Saturday April 19

PUBLISHED: 12:25 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:40 15 April 2014

Pop Up Festival brings books & stories to life through a programme of imaginative events, activities & art-works created especially for Pop Up by writers, illustrators, poets & storytellers.

Pop Up Festival brings books & stories to life through a programme of imaginative events, activities & art-works created especially for Pop Up by writers, illustrators, poets & storytellers.

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Everyone’s invited to Coalbrookdale on Easter Saturday for a free one-day, family-focussed Festival of Stories with writers, poets, illustrators and storytellers delivering a day of fun interactive workshops.

The Pop Up FestivalThe Pop Up Festival

Highlights of this child-friendly festival will include a wandering storyteller who will delight audiences and Arthurian games & activities in a specially constructed medieval pavilion. A jungle with life-size 3D animals and soundscape will become a place for games and story-telling while local young actors and musicians will entertain the crowds with a Grimm fairytale-inspired performance.

Other features include Mr Big illustrator Ed Vere’s 50s era jazz joint with a cabaret line-up, whacky cocktails and compulsory dressing-up; Katie’s Picture Show creator James Mayhew’s pop-up art gallery, where giant art-works by classic artists co-created with children and parents come to life and Illustrator Thomas Docherty’s enormous mobile installation of an enchanted city, co-created with hundreds of children and parents who attend the Festival.

Ed Vere, illustrator of Mr Big, will be at the festivalEd Vere, illustrator of Mr Big, will be at the festival

During the day there will also be other performances, debates, exhibitions and creative activities based on children’s literature.

The will also be the opportunity to shop for unusual handmade gifts at the Craft Market, with a varied assortment of items for sale including glass art, lino print art, oil paintings, hand crafted fashion designs and jewellery.

The Festival takes place on Saturday April 19 from 11am to 5pm.

Accessible parking only on site - please use Ironbridge Park & Ride (TF4 3QE). The Festival is free of charge including admission to Enginuity, Museum of Iron and the Darby Houses.

This event is being organised in partnership with Pop Up Projects CIC, the Royal Opera House and Arts Council England and is the first time it has taken place outside London. For more information about the Pop Up Festival visit www.pop-up.org.uk/festival

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