Playing with Big Ideas – A remarkable gathering of leading thinkers, authors and early years specialists are coming together to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas about modern childhood at the first four-day International Festival of Childhood (IFC1017) that will take place in Bath on the 29th June to 2nd July 2017. 

The event will consist of a multi-disciplinary seminar, surrounded by inspiring, creative and playful events and activities. The Festival is the result of a collaboration between the national Save Childhood Movement and the Bath-based cultural organisation 5x5x5=creativity. The festival is aligned with Bath’s annual Forest of Imagination contemporary arts initiative, and partners include the National Trust, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Bath Festivals. The City of Bath is hosting the event as part of its commitment to becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City and Community.

What would the world look and feel like if we really maximised human potential and creativity? What kind of people would we be? And what global problems could we solve? From scientists to paediatricians, pedagogues, early years experts and psychologists; from educational researchers to businessmen, creative artists, writers, teachers, parents,
practitioners and policy-makers, the festival aims to unite the thinkers with the doers in order to put these questions at the forefront of everyone’s agenda.

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