Our annual festival From Europe With Love is back at Bromley Central Library on Saturday 23 April. Join us as we celebrate children's stories and films from all over Europe with a packed programme of short animations, feature films, creative activities and a delicious tea party with treats from across the continent. Tickets are now available on Eventbrite.
Here is what to expect on the day.
A specially selected short animation programmes from the London International Animation Film Festival. This hilarious programme meets a host of entertaining characters including a cleanliness obsessed octopus, a flying mother, and a tiny singing pony.
SHORTS France, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia
Recommended ages: all ages
Run Time: 60mins
Largely without dialogue
MUM IS POURING RAIN
Jane (8) is sent to her Grandma for Christmas whilst her mum is admitted to hospital. The holidays turn out to be quite an adventure as Jane meets new friends : Cloclo the gigantic hobo who lives in the forest, and Sonia and Leon, two local kids. Inspired by Studio Ghibli this is a magical short film about growing up.
Animation, Hugo de Faucompret; 2021, 29min
Recommended ages: 6+
In French with English subtitles
THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES
‘The Big Bad Fox’ steals eggs from a chicken, but his plan backfires when they hatch and believe he’s their mother. A hilarious collection of hand-drawn animations following the adventures of a group of farmyard creatures.
Animation, Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert; 2017, 1hr 23mins
Recommended ages: All ages
NONO THE ZIGZAG KID
Nono wants to be like his father - the best police inspector in the world - but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father - he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono's life forever.
FEATURE FILM Netherlands
Recommended ages: 7+
Run Time: 1hr 35 mins
In Dutch with English subtitles
The animation station will be open to all little creators who want to try their hand at stop motion animation. Plasticine and other materials provided.
Have a look here for inspiration
CONTINENTAL TEA PARTY
The day wouldn't be complete without a slice of cake or other European treat to enjoy with a cup of English tea.
We are looking forward to orange polenta cake from Spain, apple pie from Holland and chocolate Babka from Eastern Europe.
ARTS & CRAFT ACTIVITIES
As always, our tables will be full of interesting resources to make and do. This time we are crafting a pair of binoculars to take with you on your journey abroad! You can also choose to make your own story torch, or put together a Dutch windmill.
PASSPORT TO EUROPE
For travelling abroad you need a passport of course! Fear not as all children will be provided with their own travel documents. They collect stamps as they complete the various stages of their creative journey by watching films, taking part in activities and tasting some yummy treats.