Hoo-Ha!

Join us for three days of shows, workshops and silly dancing in every nook and cranny of Colston Hall as we host our very first Hoo-Ha! festival. During this three-day spectacular, children will be able to make their own musical instruments, dance along with Kid Carpet and learn how to beatbox with Shlomo. Teacher-turned-rapper Mark Grist will inspire with verse and rhyme and there will even be a disco shed with daily dance-offs! There’s loads of free fun stuff to do and see, so pack your offspring and get stuck in.

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Hoo-Ha!

Free Drop-in Fun

Cardboard City
Stalls bar, Wed-Fri 10am-4pm, free, suitable for all ages.
Pop into this hub of creativity as youngsters of all skills and ages come together to recreate Bristol using cardboard, sticky back plastic and paint. Let your imagination run riot as you fashion your own Colston Hall foyer, rebuild Wills Memorial Building and reconstruct St Nick’s Market using nothing but cardboard, glue and your imagination.

Ready Sheddy Disgo
Terrace, Wed-Fri 3-5pm, free, suitable for all ages
No bullies allowed, as we invite kids to cut a rug, let their hair down and do the wild thing at this disco with a difference. Learn dance routines, play games and sing silly songs at possibly the best children’s disco in the world.

Play that veg! with Conductive Music
Foyer space, Wed 19 & Thu 20 Aug 11am-4pm, free, suitable for all ages
Did you know you can make an instrument with a banana or a potato? Come to our free drop-in workshops with Conductive Music and find out how. During the day you will learn how to make electronic instruments out of everyday fruit and veg and then play and interact with digital sounds to create your very own piece of music.

The Mini Mi-Pac Photobooth
Foyer space, Wed 19 Aug, 11am – 4pm
Come join us at ‘The Mini Mi-Pac Photo Booth’ and interact with (hilarious) props and get your picture taken for the official Mi-Pac Facebook page. There will be fun and games running all day long, giving you a chance to win your very own Mini Mi-Pac and Pencil Case, ensuring you are kitted out in style, ready for back to school!

Instrument Making with Rachael Dadd & ICHI and Friends
Foyer Space, Thu 20 Aug, 10am-12pm, suitable for all ages
Come join the band! Rachael Dadd and ICHI invite you to make something out of nothing. Use the pile of materials supplied to make your own fantastic instruments and then play them in the Paka Piki music show happening right after the workshop.

Free Ticketed Workshops

Kid Carpet Animal Song Writing and Super Band Workshop
The Lantern, Wed 19 Aug 1-2pm & Fri 21 Aug 9-10am, free, ages 3 – 8
The brains behind A Bear on a Boat in the Bath, Doing a Poo in the Forest and Getting to the Good Bit (Really Good Bit) runs an interactive musical workshop for little ones before his show in The Lantern. This is a free ticketed event and spaces are limited.

Green Poems for a Blue Planet Poetry Workshop
Meeting room 1, Wed 19 Aug 11am-12pm, free, ages 8 and over
It’s poetry to turn you green! Come and write a green poem on any piece of junk, trash or litter you find, then perform it. This is a free ticketed event and spaces are limited.

Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, this workshop has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

Performances

Wed 19 Aug

Martin Kiszko Eco Poetry
Foyer Space, 12-1pm, free, ages 8 and over
A humorous and theatrical stand-up performance poetry event by Martin Kiszko, the European Green Capital 2015 poet in residence. During this one-man poetry show, Martin will perform work inspired by his books Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth, both of which are illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park. Head to the Glass Room to see an exhibition of the books’ artwork.

Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, this poetry event has been cancelled. However, the illustration exhibition remains open in the Glass Room. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

 

Performances (cont.)

Wed 19 Aug

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals
The Lantern, 2pm, £7.53 incl. bf., ages 3-8, seated show
Described as “Oliver Postgate meets the Beastie Boys”, Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals is a punk rock musical following the adventures of gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and rock out at the grand dance contest. This show contains live music, theatre, comedy and animation and is suitable for ages 3 to 8 (although bigger kids will love it too).

Thu 20 Aug

Paka Piki Music
Foyer Space, 12-1pm, free
British experimental-folk artist Rachael Dadd and Japanese one-man music-making machine ICHI present their collaborative show for children. Expect weird and wonderful projections, instrument making, live drawing and, of course, music by the duo and their mind-boggling collection of instruments: stilt-bass, kalilaphone, ukulele, balloon pipes, guitar, hatbox-pedal-drum, banjo, tapumpet, percussion shoes, chopsticks, melodica and hattrick-hat. Don’t miss the instrument-making workshop beforehand.

Bach To Baby – Carnival of the Animals
The Lantern, 11am – 12pm, £10.75 incl. bf, u8s free but must have a ticket
Critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers to enjoy together. Little ones are encouraged to listen, dance, roam about, even eat as the professional players take them through work by classical heavyweights including Shostakovich, Chopin, Barber and – yes! – Bach. They’ve even been known to take requests.

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids
The Lantern, 2- 3.10pm, £10.75 incl. bf , u2s go free but must have a ticket, suitable for all ages
Internationally acclaimed beatboxer and Guinness World Record holder Shlomo invites you to become one of his sidekicks as he teaches you how to make sound effects, brilliant noises and cool music using nothing but your mouth. The former astrophysicist has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Björk, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker and DJ Yoda.

Fri 21 Aug

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals
The Lantern, 10-11am, £7.53 incl. bf., ages 3-8, seated show
Described as “Oliver Postgate meets the Beastie Boys”, Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals is a punk rock musical following the adventures of gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and rock out at the grand dance contest. This show contains live music, theatre, comedy and animation and is suitable for ages 3 to 8 (although bigger kids will love it too).

Mark Grist and Tim Clare Poemsplosion
The Lantern, 2-3pm, £10.75 incl. bf, over 10s, seated show
Having trouble getting rid of your parents? Need some help with a pirate invasion? Mark Grist (the former English teacher turned rap battle champ) and Tim Clare have just the poems for you featuring everything from murderous ties to tiny orange time machines. In between the poems, they’ll be asking you to set challenges and help them each craft a monstrous poem that they’ll use in the head-to-head grand finale.

Any child under 10 must be accompanied by an adult to all events.

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