Kingston libraries' festival focuses on young people’s wellbeing


The London SPINE festival is coming to Kingston libraries from 7 - 18 March.

The festival, now in its 5th year, aims to empower young people (aged 12+) to express themselves and talk about their well-being openly through creativity, art and literature.

As part of the week there will be free creative events and opportunities for young people enabling them to explore their local library and the theme of wellbeing in different ways. These include performances of ‘Crowded’ a piece written by Half Moon Theatre that explore themes affecting young people today, focusing on the power of friendship.

Other events include an art exhibition, a cartoon workshop and a sewing tree that celebrates the creativity and power of sewing.

Cllr Malcolm Self, portfolio holder with responsibility for libraries said:

“Our libraries are wonderfully positive places to visit and benefit visitors and the wider community in a variety of ways, beyond simply providing access to books.

The SPINE festival and this year’s theme of wellbeing is just one way that Kingston libraries are helping to promote physical and mental health and I hope as many young people get involved and discover what a wonderful resource their local library is.”

SPINE festival is a partnership between London Libraries and Apples and Snakes; England’s leading Spoken Word organisation. The festival celebrates creativity and community in libraries across London.

Find out more about SPINE including details of all the events available.