Cornerstone Youth Festival

You’ve just got the children back to school and breathed a sigh of relief, then suddenly half term is peaking its head around the corner.  No need to panic! The Cornerstone Youth Festival is here! Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot has got it covered with events for the whole family from your little ones to your too-cool-for-school teens! 

The Elves And The Shoemaker

This show is a quirky puppetry marvel. The Elves and the Shoemaker follows Sam Lacey who makes shoes that are out of this world. His imagination is HUGE, but his shoe-making business is a disaster until one night, two tiny green visitors climb into his kitchen and start stitching and cutting and snipping and gluing… he’s about to have the surprise of a lifetime! Produced by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, a spirited company making inspiring theatre for bold adventurers. Led by Artistic Director Niki McCretton, they work with children, families, artists and theatres across the globe to make memorable and rewarding shows. Showing at Cornerstone on Sunday 16th February at 1pm & 4pm with tickets starting from £7.50 per person. 

Children’s Art And Yoga Class

This workshop is a fun and playful yoga practice, followed by an hour of art, illustration and creativity! All materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. This class is for KS1 children and will run on Tuesday 18th February from 10:30am till 12pm. Tickets cost £15 per child. 

Beginner’s Latin And Ballroom Dancing

Has your little one been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing? We’ve loved watching the series.  It was very tough to pick a favourite between Kelvin and Karim as we loved them both.  At Cornerstone children can try a number of popular Latin and Ballroom dances all to songs they will love! This fun workshop is designed to introduce young dancers to the world of ballroom dance. Suitable for both boys and girls, with no need for specialist dance gear or a partner, just sign up. This workshop is suitable for school years 1 to 6 will run on Wednesday 19th February from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets cost £25 per child. 

Beginner’s Break Dancing 

Practice the fundamentals of break dancing in this modern, high-energy class. After you’ve got the basics, you will apply your originality, flow, musicality, and finesse to a choreographed routine. Each student will gain a basic understanding of the origin of breakin’ and develop the confidence to explore their own style of movement. This workshop is aimed at school years 7 to 13 and will be held on Thursday 20th February at 11am till 12pm. Tickets cost £15 per child. 

Physical Theatre Workshop 

For your older ones in school years 7 to 13 there is a theatre workshop where they can learn a variety of techniques for creating a narrative through movement and storytelling. The young performers will develop a short physical theatre piece, which will be performed at the end of the session which you are welcome to attend! This will be held on Friday 21st February from 10:30am till 12:30pm. Tickets cost £20 per child. 

Excalibow

Award winning comedy musicians Bowjangles present their most magical show so far – a theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore, legends and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all – a magical violin bow known as Excalibow. Expect tales of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and characters of pure fantasy in this action-packed show full of comedy, energy, and almost every musical genre you can imagine. And be warned – this one may contain traces of ABBA! Suitable for all ages, showing at Cornerstone on Friday 21st February at 7:30pm.  Tickets start from £10.  We are very excited to be going to see this ourselves. It sounds brilliant! 

Yana And The Yeti

Featuring exquisite music, Arctic landscapes and a cast of extraordinary puppets, Yana and the Yeti is aimed at family audiences (5+). This is a dark, funny, and poignant tale of a small child’s determination to be understood and her discovery that friends can come in the most unexpected shapes and sizes. This show was made in Northern Norway, above the Arctic circle where Yetis still exist! A fun and cosy, despite its artic friends, production for everyone! Showing on Sunday 23rd February at 2:30pm.  Tickets from £7.50. I have a feeling this one will be very popular! 

Make Your Own Bedroom Decorations 

Bring your craft lovers to this class where they can look forward to creating their very own personalised bedroom decorations! There will be an opportunity to create and bring home a selection of customised items made through collage, paint, handmade block printing and mark making.  This is suitable for KS1 children on Saturday 22nd February from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £25 per child. All materials provided. 

Youth Art Exhibition – The Graffiti Generation

In association with TRAIN and Didcot Girls’ School with arts mentoring by Tommy Watkins. Graffiti is the newest contemporary art of today. Come and see this art form as interpreted by local young artists from Didcot. Free to attend and open to anyone, the exhibition will be displayed from Tuesday 11th February in the gallery. You can also meet the young artists on Thursday 11th February at 6pm.

There’s certainly lots of great shows and workshops going on to keep everyone entertained over the holidays.  To help keep costs down, Cornerstone are offering a 25% sibling discount on all workshops, so the whole family can join in for less. 

Disclaimer: we have been offered tickets to a show of our choice during the Youth Festival in return for featuring this article. 

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