Family festival set to return to Hull
Hull’s Big Malarkey Festival is set to return to East Park this year, and preparations are well underway, it has been confirmed.
The much-loved family event will bring together well-known authors, illustrators and local creatives ro showcase the city and its libraries at their best.
According to organisers, the “careful consideration” is being given to social distancing measures.
Ellen Bianchini, festival director, said:
“We’re all so excited to be reunited in person with families this summer and we’ve been working hard to find a safe way of delivering the festival. It might feel a bit different from previous years, but we’re confident that we can offer the same quality experience that families have enjoyed in the past.
“After the hardships of this last year, we all need a bit more fun in our lives so the programme we’re creating is, more than ever, centered around playfulness, discovery and simple joys like listening to live music.”
The Big Malarkey Festival, organised by Hull Libraries, began in 2017 and has attracted nearly 20,000 people.
This year’s festival will open on Monday 21 June, and will take place over 5 days, followed by a programme of live events for families to enjoy on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June.
The full line-up will be announced after the Easter break and will include children’s illustrators Chris Wormell (Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust series) and Maisie Paradise Shearring, and author Dan Freedman, creator of the popular Jamie Johnson books.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, added:
“The Big Malarkey is about books and stories, yes, but it’s also a festival of ideas and imagination with performances, creative workshops, and storytelling.
“The festival seeks to encourage creativity, confidence and the joy of discovery through offering opportunities to meet and work with authors, illustrators, artists, thinkers and scientists. We’re very excited for its return this year, it’s the tonic we all need.”