Frankie and the Lamb are looking forward to Funk The Family 2017
Funk the Family is happening on Sunday 18th June 2017, which happens to be Father’s Day, in Hove Park. I am really thrilled to be an official blogger for the event!
This will be the fourth Funk The Family festival and they’ve got a fantastic line-up of music and entertainment. All the family activities are free! There are so many things to watch or try out from trapeze workshops, circus shows, parkour, graffiti in action, breakdancing, instrument making, fencing, a reptile zoo, a story tent and more. It runs from 11am to 7pm so a really full day of fun.
On the music side of things, B of Soul II Soul will be doing a two hour DJ set and there will be a performance from London’s 34-piece House Gospel Choir, as well as lots of other artists performing.
I am rather excited about seeing illustrator and author Nick Sharratt, who will be inside the festival’s new ‘Story Tent’. He’ll be reading and illustrating excerpts from ‘There’s A Shark In The Park’. Luther has a signed copy of one of his books but I think we’d like to add to the collection.
Here is a list direct from the festival of what else they have on offer!
Presented by The Book Nook, children’s author Abie Longstaff (‘How To Catch A Witch’, ‘Tally and Squill’) reads from her ‘Magic Potions Shop’ series and assists Funk The Family festival kids in making their own spells! Team FTF love her, not simply because she’s a brilliant, funny and engaging writer… but because she confesses, “When I was little I wanted blonde hair so I poured a tin of yellow paint on my head.” So that’s where the idea for her ‘Fairytale Hairdresser’ series came from!
Cirque Du Funk
Step inside the giant, stripy big-top for fun, thrills and laughter. You’ll find the Circus PaZaz team entertaining kids (big and small) throughout the festival inside Cirque Du Funk. Expect free acro-balance shows, tumbling, clowning, bubbles, balloons & more.
Urban Arts Academy
The ultra-talented team at Urban Arts Academy will be offering a variety of workshops at Funk The Family this year for all ages and abilities; including break dance, street dance, parkour and calisthenics. If you’re looking to learn flips, tricking, tumbling, dance, handstands and generally have a lot of fun, then this is the place to be!
Unleash your inner scientist! Grab some goggles, pop on a lab coat and get set to experiment with slime, sherbet, bath bombs and volcanoes. Funk The Family are super excited to have the creative team behind Rottingdean’s much-loved Arthopod Arts on board this year. “We believe in the power of imagination and experimentation and that through the process of creating something, transformational things can happen!” say those whacky scientists. Creativity and fun at its best.
The Amazing Art Cart
The Amazing Art Cart is a bespoke, portable art cart packed with all kinds of creative materials. Be inspired, get messy, get crafty and make your own unique mythical mask or head-dress. The Amazing Art Cart team will be on hand and ready for you to dive in and make something magical.
Golden Lotus Fencing
Experience fencing: duel your friends or fence the family! Golden Lotus return to Funk The Family; this year offering swashbuckling sword fencing workshops! An enclosed zone will showcase this elegant, exhilarating art; an age-old pastime that is instantly rewarding, instinctive and immensely fun.
Tree of Life
Children will find their inner zen over at Tree of Life’s well-being zone. Well, that’s the plan! There will be free taster kids yoga sessions on offer, as well as massage for grown-ups too, including a papa pampering package for Dads as this year’s festival falls on Father’s Day. Ommmm.
The Circus Project
Fancy hanging upside down on a trapeze? The Circus Project invite children (over five years) and adults to have a go, for free. Crash-mats supplied! Plus there’s hula-hooping for all ages and beautiful performances from Brighton & Hove Youth Circus.
Unicycling, juggling, spinning plates and generally being very silly is what Clown Zaz does best. Taking great pride in making people smile, Zaz will be entertaining families with his Circus PaZaz team inside Cirque
Pro Direct Soccer Academy
Football skills workshops for all ages and abilities to instil confidence and creativity in all players! Have fun whilst developing skills in the beautiful game. Pro Direct Soccer Academy will be running a football zone all day offering fun games, competitions, prizes and tournaments including: beat the goal keeper, a speed challenge, hardest shot competition and a special dads versus kids event to celebrate Father’s Day.
Axe & Paddle Bushcraft
We love to see families go wild together! Within an authentic, eye-catching tipi, expect flint and steel fire-lighting workshops (supervised of course!), bow drill fire-lighting demonstrations, natural fibre cord making and an archery contest!
Corin The Music Man – ‘recycled instrument making’
Corin The Music Man will be spreading his love of music at Funk The Family this year! Catch Corin running ‘recycled instrument making’ workshops and conducting big fun silly singalongs for all the family. Corin is a passionate music teacher as well as an internationally recognised musician and producer, working with artists including Benjamin Zephaniah and The Wailers.
Zimbabwe-born illustrator Guy Parker-Rees heads inside our exciting new ‘Story Tent’. Having moved to England at three-years-old, Guy spent most of his time at school “doodling and painting” before embarking upon a degree in English and Philosophy at York University, where he spent “a lot of time painting and doodling.” And now the lucky, talented fellow makes a good and honest living out of it! In fact one of the books he has illustrated -‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’, written by Giles Andreae- has gone on to be an international best seller.
Drop in to Hartbeeps’ original and highly interactive workshops for babies & young children at Funk The Family Festival. Brimming with original songs, remixed nursery rhymes, musical stories, BIG fun characters & colourful themes, there’s lots to do, learn and make believe.
For more information, visit www.funkthefamily.co.uk
At the time of writing this the first tiers of tickets have sold out so an adult ticket is currently £20. Teenager (13-17yrs): £15 Child (1-12yrs): £12 Babies (non-walkers): free