Young artists create eye-popping artwork for Roald Dahl Festival parade

22 Jun 2015

Schoolchildren across Aylesbury Vale have been inspired by the tale of the world’s most revolting couple as they prepare for this year's Roald Dahl Festival.

Hundreds of children and young people from secondary and primary schools have been creating larger-than-life puppets and other original artwork based on Roald Dahl’s The Twits for the event on Saturday 4 July.

The festival is a day of family activities and entertainment, now in its 13th year. It will open at 11am with a spectacular parade through Aylesbury town centre featuring hundreds of children and young people from across the Vale, alongside noisy musicians and colourful dancers.

Professional artists and teachers have been working with pupils to create a variety of artworks featuring Mr Twit, with his gruesome beard, Mrs Twit’s glass eye, the Roly Poly Bird and a whole family of Muggle-Wump monkeys.

These workshops have been organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council and the artwork will be displayed throughout the parade alongside music and street theatre, featuring the region’s top Samba bands in the region, and for the first time ever, Aylesbury’s own samba band Cicade Pato.

Councillor Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communities and Civic Amenities, said: "We want as many children and young people as possible to get involved in this year's parade, and one of the best ways of doing this is helping them create artwork to be proud of.

"Some of the schools’ work has been led by professional artists, while for others, teachers and pupils have come up with their own exciting and creative ideas for celebrating Roald Dahl. Either way, it’s resulted in children and young people getting together to learn new skills in an informal, fun and creative way. So much fantastic work has gone into this year's carnival parade, and those who come to watch will definitely be impressed with the results."

The festival parade sets off at 11am on 4 July and wind its way through Market Square and Kingsbury. After the parade there will be arts and crafts workshops, face painting and storytelling, fabulous food and live music, going on until 3pm.

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