By Joanna Shaw
The Royal Northern College of Music hosted a family day this summer in co-operation with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival.
The theme of this year’s event centered around the 100th birthday of the well-loved children’s author Roald Dahl; with showings of cartoons portraying his books The Enormous Crocodile, Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes.
Families were also invited to take place in a percussion workshop based on Dahl’s stories Georges Marvelous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which the children played instruments to accompany parts of the story.
Other events to entertain the children included making their own Roald Dahl notebooks and diaries, face painting with a group of skilled painters that would take any child’s request of character, and live interactive shows portraying the stories of Beatrix Potter and Peter Pan, where lucky audience members could take part in competitions with the famous characters.
Petra Heim said that the event was important for the community, and encouraged children’s interest in books and music: “I think that these events are good for children’s imaginations and it’s nice for them to do something creative outside of school work. Also people from all sorts of backgrounds come here, we’ve traveled from Great Moor to come today!”
When asked what her favourite book was, Petra’s daughter Mina, aged 5, said, “Mog the Forgetful Cat!”