Hoopla! 2023 – feedback from your festival…

Date published: 5 Dec 2023

Posted by: Joe Pick

Mother plays chime instruments with child

In 2023, our mini-festival for 0-4 year olds visited four Nottingham neighbourhoods. Supported by Small Steps Big Changes, it brought theatre and art to children in Bulwell, Aspley, St Anns and Hyson Green. Handmade Theatre, Circus Hub Nottingham and Makers of Imaginary Worlds each presented a family-friendly show. They featured delights ranging from puppet birds to aerial acrobatics. Hoopla! was also shortlisted for a Fantastic for Families award.

At each event we asked you what you thought. Here’s some of the fantastic feedback we received, alongside some fab photos by Lamar Francois.

HandMade Theatre performer show  bird puppets to two children

I thought it was really good – great for the community!

Audience Member

This event was just perfect for the age group. Kept my 3 year old entertained for hours with shows, crafts and skills!

Audience Member
1 in 5

1 in 5 people who attended Hoopla 2023 live in areas ranked in the top 10% of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation. At the Bulwell and Aspley events, this figure was closer to 1 in 4.

Arial circus performer is watched by mother and child

Wonderful activities for my children and a relaxed, fun environment for all. We all had a great time!

Audience Member
Dancer and child lie smiling in length of pink fabric

This event was excellent. Both my kids enjoyed all the activities. Hope this event will continue & we can enjoy it for years. Thanks.

Audience Member

47% of people who attended hadn’t been to any kind of arts event in the last year. Some people wrote in “Never” as an additional option.

Child in bucket hat plays with chime instruments

My 4 year-old daughter had a great time. She loved the puppet performance & belly dancing & aerial acrobatics. It’s been a lovely day, even great for my 9 month-old.

Audience Member

A lovely community event! Safe for children with exciting activities.

Audience Member
HandMade Theatre perform for audience a toddlers and their carers

It was a wonderful event. There was so much joy in my daughter’s face. Great to enjoy as a family.

Audience Member

97% said it allowed them to access activities they would not otherwise have access to.