Bury St Edmunds Festival brings children a taste of world music and food

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Schoolchildren are getting a flavour of the world through music and food in the run-up to this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Pupils from local schools are part of a 200-strong community choir performing songs with Global Folk at a concert in the Apex on May 16 and five children have become food critics, writing reviews after eating lunches at well-known restaurants in the town.

Global Folk is the successor to the popular Mbawula township chorus and features local adult singers as well as singers from Risby Primary School, Rougham Primary School, King Edward VI Upper School and the Creative Education Centre.

The Creative Restaurant Critics project has been set up by Christina Birt to inspire children to learn more about cultures and linguistics through food, while developing their literacy and communication skills.

Those taking part attend the Creative Education Centre, in Fornham St Martin, which offers educational opportunities for five to 11-year-olds based on Montessori methods with a focus on arts, creativity and outdoor learning.

It will culminate with an award ceremony at the beginning of the Global Folk concert to celebrate the restaurants involved – 1921, Casa Del Mar, Nandos, Valley Connection and Wagamama.

Nick Wells, festival manager, said: “It’s great to be able to involve young people in the festival whether they’re singing with Global Folk or taking a fresh look at local restaurants.

“The restaurant critic Jay Rayner is making his Festival debut this year and may well pick up some tips from these young reviewers!”

Book tickets for all festival events online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, at The Apex, in Charter Square, Bury, call 01284 758000 or email bookings@theapex.co.uk