A PARADE for school children, teachers and volunteers is returning after two years off due to the pandemic.

Brighton city centre will once again be filled with colour and creativity as thousands of school children, teachers and volunteers celebrate the return of the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade.

The parade will take place next year on Saturday May 7 2022 as part of the programme of activities for the festival.

The theme will be rebuilding and hope, based on ideas being developed by Brighton Festival’s guest co-directors, Syrian author and architect Marwa al-Sabouni and Brighton-based theatre artist Tristan Sharps.

The return announcement was made this evening to teachers from participating schools across Brighton and Hove, with three subject areas - rebuilding nature, homes and communities – inviting them to create large-scale artworks and costumes that explore ideas for children to learn through making.

Each subject will be led at the front of the parade section by a "herald school" representing a different area of the city: St Nicolas CE Primary in Portslade, Kemptown’s Carlton Hill Primary and Carden Primary in Patcham.

The Argus: Parade in 2018 - Photo: Victor FrankowskiParade in 2018 - Photo: Victor Frankowski

Guest co-directors Marwa and Tristan said: “We are thrilled and honoured that the Children’s Parade is back to open next year’s Festival.

"Children have such incredible imaginations and together with their teachers and Same Sky artists we can’t wait to see the wonderful ideas they’ll bring to the city.

"The themes will provide lots of opportunity for them to learn the valuable skill of building things together as a team so they have fun in the process but will also make a visual impact on the thousands of people who will come out to see this joyful occasion.”

Jointly produced with community arts charity Same Sky, the Children’s Parade officially marks the opening of Brighton Festival, a three-week celebration of arts and culture across Brighton, Hove and East Sussex.

John Varah, Artistic Director, Same Sky said: “Our plans for the Children’s Parade have been on hold for the last two years due to the pandemic and we know how much this event means to everyone who takes part, so we’re raring to go for its return.

"This year’s theme couldn’t be more timely and relevant, given the challenges the schools have faced and the isolation felt by the children, we hope the parade will help to rebuild their own creativity and confidence as we look forward to that special day in May.”

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is the largest annual curated multi-arts festival in England, it will run from May 7 to 29 2022.

The full programme launches on Wednesday February 16 and online: brightonfestival.org.

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