A festival of Palaver – queer fun for kids of all ages
If you’re in charge of keeping kids entertained during the October half-term break, then the Palaver Festival in Cambridge is the kind of queer nonsense that should be on your radar.
A collaboration between Fatt Projects and Cambridge Junction, the Palaver Festival celebrates the radical potential of LGBTQ+ inclusive performance work specifically created for children aged 3-8 and family audiences.
You can expect a joyful, messy and delightfully unruly programme of high-quality entertainment providing essential representation, space and dialogue.
The Palaver Festival includes discos, workshops, dress-up sessions, storytelling, music, and party spaces.
The Festival also features five newly commissioned performance extracts from LGBTQ+ artists.
The festival will culminate in a kids party, hosted by Ginny Lemon.
Other names to look out for at Palaver include Katy Baird, Yshee Black, Emma Frankland, Harry Clayton-Wright, and Vijay Patel.
“Palaver is on old Polari word meaning conversation…” explains Adam Carver of Fatt Projects. “It also has connotations of chaos and mess and a camp ‘ooh, what a palaver!’ kind of charm. That feels very fitting for what we’re trying to do with Palaver Festival – start conversations and embrace the joyous messy chaos of childhood and queerness. In a time when incidents of LGBTQ+ hate crime are rising these conversations are more essential than ever.”
Photos by Emma Jones