Latitude Festival 2019 – Family Activities (12+) - Preview

July 18, 2019 - July 21, 2019 | Henham Park, Suffolk

Photo: Sarah Koury

The multi-award-winning Latitude Festival returns to the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 18th-21st July 2019 with an eclectic bill of music, comedy and arts, plus foodie feasts and family fun – it’s the definitive destination for discovery. In addition to its incredible comedy line-up, and the annual presentation of exceptional musical talent, Latitude Festival offers a huge array of family-friendly activities.

Winning a “Best Family Festival” award in 2018, the family activities are primarily centred around three areas: for the under 13s, there’s the Kids Area and the Enchanted Garden, and for young teenagers (12+), there’s the Inbetweeners’ Teen Area. Sharon Reuben, Kids & Family Programmer said: “With three separate areas for kids, teens and families to have fun together, Latitude aims to be the best and never disappoints! In the spirit of everything that Latitude is famous for, we’ve created a mini-festival of our own with everything from science, theatre and music to illustration, bush-craft and archery – you’ll be entertained all day.”

Entirely separate to the activities for younger children, the Inbetweeners’ Teen Area is a hidden wonderland offering live music, new media, fashion, design and technology workshops.  In a fantastic woodland location, the Inbetweeners’ Area is ideal for teens who want to have a go at a whole range of music, digital, fashion, tech, media and music workshops. Teens can use state of the art equipment to produce their own work, get hands-on experience and a chance to work alongside industry pros. Their work is available to take away and will be showcased across a range of platforms.

Access Creative College are a nationwide college for the creative industries, offering young people the chance to study everything from Games Production to Music Production to Media and Events. Their Norwich College will once again be curating the Inbetweeners Stage, showcasing emerging and local talent across a range of formats, including Q&A sessions. Acts include: Finn Doherty, an alternative artist from North London, whose songs combine Hip-Hop grooves with alternative rock guitars and soulful vocal melodies, ideal for fans of Bon Iver, Massive Attack and Lil Peep; Emily Lockett, a singer/songwriter from Stoke on Trent who started writing songs at 12 and has been played on BBC Radio Stoke, Best of British, CMR Nashville and Keep it Country TV, even making it on to the “Listening Post” weekly short-list on Tom Robinsons “Fresh On The Net” blog; Jordan Phillips who represents optimism, with his catchy melodies and authentically raw and soulful style combine with his own unique spin to the world of acoustic music;  18yr old singer songwriter Sylvia Daley – once described as “Taylor Swift’s twisted sister” – offers a strong melodic sensibility complemented by her collaborator/lead guitarist Arthur Foulstone’s atmospheric textures and art rock influence; and Poet and rapper SAF-S2E, a member of Manchester’s Young Identity who performed in Breathe and Breathe 2, and at Manchester International Festival (MIF). And don’t miss the Little Latitude shed where you can learn how to DJ with DJ Chrome and DJ Venom, or Beatbox with Lee Gibling.

In Fashion Wonderland, fashion and styling take centre stage. There’s workshops and tutorials sharing top tips on Hair and Make Up with Hairy Poppins. They’ll have the tools, the kit, even model heads to practice on. Or for something a bit different, there’ll be stage and screen Special Effects Make Up with Sophie Eade – she’s worked in Theatre, TV and the Harry Potter films! Beauty and lifestyle vlogger Helen Anderson will present a workshop and Q&A. Helen has a whopping 593,000 subscribers on YouTube, and has plenty to tell about her colourful quirky journey! Print to the People will teach Silk-Screen Printing, where teens can choose a design, print a t-shirt, and walk away in a unique creation. The Art@Work Team will help personalise the design and create festival fashion, as well as upcycling and personalising pre-owned clothes. The Friend Ship project will promote community cohesion by creating fabric butterflies with messages of strength and kindness. Upcycling fabric scraps to create symbols of hope will form part of their Refugee Week exhibition in 2020.

In the Digital Kitchen, digital ‘chefs’ will create and concoct fresh and tasty digital video from stop-motion animation, models, cut-outs and more to live mix into a digital soup using VJ software. Teens can see their creative content served onto the big screen and scrambled into a delicious smorgasbord of digital delights!  Artists, designers and illustrators from the OKIDO Artists Studio will be using many different styles in their work, from comic animation and bubble writing, to character creation and 3D typography. The artists will share these techniques and more in their hands-on workshop where the audience will create unique and stylish artwork with the help of the talented team. For inspiration, teens can also check out the amazing street artwork being created by the Reprezent Project as they walk through the woodland.

Teens can also have a go at Games character design with Access to Creative games team or write the next horror blockbuster with tips from author Alexander Gordon Smith, while budding photographers can check out the Self Portrait Workshop. Or alternatively, they can explore AR/VR in the Unreality Tent for a host of virtual experiences. There’s even a tiny 8-bit arcade, all hosted by AR/VR and VFX guru Kris Lavington-Woods who has created work for Netflix, Disney, Activision and Ubisoft.

The new Radio Caravan is hosted by Future Radio, featuring interactive workshops teaching broadcast skills as well as the opportunity to create exclusive content. Teens will be able to host their own curated people’s playlist, get the chance to interview bands and collect vox pops at the festival. There’ll also the popular writing and reporting sessions for Latitude Young Reporters organised by Eastern Daily Press, from regional newspaper publishers Archant.

Nearby, deeper into the woods, Greenpeace are back at their log cabin for another Over the Top wild adventure in the trees. Wild play starts here bringing young people together with trees via scramble nets and zip lines to provide a high-energy action based fun-loving experience. They’ll help teens discover a head for heights, while sharing information about their work defending the natural world and promoting peace by championing our wonderful but fragile environment.

Weekend and day tickets for Latitude Festival 2019 are on sale now.

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