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Style & Stuff Editorial

maps19.jpg Putting kids on the MAPS
 

Hang on? MAPS? It’s a festival of music, art and play that is taking place across Tyneside from 15-17 February and, as this picture kind of hints at, is going to be enormous fun.

Oh man! This is going to be so amazing! It’s a weekend full of fabulous stuff for children aged eight and under, as well as their grown-ups (who I reckon will have just as much fun as the young ‘uns). When checking out the programme I was immediately drawn to a Warm Digits gig, as they’re one of my very favourite local bands. I say “gig” but this should really come under the heading “multi-sensory explosion with bubbles, lights and the fizziest tunes imaginable”. It will also be preceded by a filmmaking workshop facilitated by Newcastle’s FilmBee Collective. More exuberance arrives in the shape of the Rewired Family Rave (pictured) with Sophie Lisa Beresford cranking up a hands-in-the-air party replete with UV face paint and glow-sticks galore. Viz for Kids (oh yes!) sees the former co-editor of Viz, Alex Collier, leading a workshop in which he will show children (and adults) how they can create their own comics. Other stuff to look out for includes a performance by Leafcutter John (a key member of the twice Mercury Prize nominated Polar Bear); a t-shirt printing workshop with Emer Tumilty; the Cat Clay Social + DJ (make cat sculptures with Alex Sickling while listening to a cat based DJ set); family beatbox workshop (with Bellatrix); a closing party cosmic space rave with Henge (including bonkers costume workshop) and plenty more besides. Check out their website for details of everything that’s happening and then fill your boots.

MAPS, Friday 15-Sunday 17 February, venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, mapsfestival.co.uk