Dazzling dance, Handa’s Surprise, Senegalese cuisine, collage & more this half term

11 Oct 2017

From the potent cocktail of dance, music and comedy that is Tap Factory to the classic storytelling, puppetry and song of Handa’s Surprise, there’s lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained this half term.

Tap Factory

12 oil barrels, one stepladder, four bins and a bucket blend with the breathtaking tap dancing of eight male dancers in the family-friendly show Tap Factory. High-energy dance, explosive percussion and awe-inspiring acrobatics collide in a dazzling fusion of live music and choreography, as the company give new life to the most ordinary of objects in a show guaranteed to rattle the senses and set your toes tapping.

Choreographer and artistic director Vincent Pausanias gives an insight into the creative process, and a taste of what to expect from the show

‘Exhilarating ★★★★★’ Birmingham Post

‘Quite simply one of the best dance shows I have ever seen’ Guide 2 Bristol

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm, Concert Hall, £12, £17.50, £20, £22.50*

Under 16s Half Price on £20 & £22.50 tickets

Handa's Surprise

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise, but seven different animals have seven very different ideas…

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production (based on the classic children’s story), with audience participation by Little Angel Theatre. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Oct, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Founders Room, £7 (£5 concessions), £22 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Playmakes - Handa's Surprise

After the 10.30am show on Sat 14 Oct, our young audiences have the opportunity to get crafty and make a keepsake to take home.

Sat 14 Oct, 11.15am-12.15pm, Brighton Dome Café-Bar, £5 per child.

Brighton & Hove Black History Month Family Day Celebration

Black History Month Family Day

We welcome the return of this annual celebration of African Caribbean arts and culture, complete with stalls, workshops, children’s activities, delicious food, live music and much more.

Join in the opening ceremony, Brazilian style, with Maracatu

Taste the delights of Ethiopian and Senegalese cuisine from Abyssinia and Café Baobab.

Try your skills with Bandbazi’s Circus workshop 12pm – 2pm

Learn the art of flour Batik or paint your own cards & masks with local artist Phati Mnguni

See the exhibition and learn about the life of Thomas Highflyer with Bert Williams. 2.30pm

Experience the power of drumming at the drumming workshop 3.30 – 4pm with West African drummers

And don’t miss the closing dance session with dance teacher Sita at 4.30pm.

Sun 15 Oct, 12pm – 5pm, Cafe-bar, FREE

House Plant Doodle Make

Illustrator Woody welcomes budding young artists to a space full of pens, paper and plants! Create your very own house plant with collage and drawing. There will be lots of time to learn about and experiment with abstract image-making and colour. Materials will be provided.

Fri 27 Oct, 10.30am – 12pm, Founders Room, £5