Liberate your mind at the Literary Institute
Throughout the day the Literary Institute is a place of discerning delights, a celebration of the savvy and shrewd, featuring talks, takeovers, and workshops offering erudite insights and information that will captivate all the family, from big-eyed bambinos to estimable oldies. Plus later on there will be adult-themed discussions and the finest up-and-coming comedians.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Caring for your wellbeing is as important for kids as it is for parents and carers, so Team CB has gathered together some prime mental health movers to show us ways to let the positivity shine, including Dr Maryhan who will help parents learn ‘How Not To Screw Up Your Kids’ and and Nahla Summer who will teach us all ways to be a bit kinder, among many more. Plus, the ladies from the Wellness Works have created an animal-themed morning of yoga & breathwork for all the family to join in. And Elle Mace will discuss all things food & body, from dieting and weight loss to body image and confidence, how they affect our daily life and what you can do about them.
Authors for Kids and Grownups
With an array of book talks and signings for kids and their grown-ups, The Literary Institute has got some very cool prosers at Camp Bestival this year. Don’t miss Gok Wan who will be on hand to sign his latest tome, the creator of CBeebies’ JoJo and Gran Gran, Laura Henry-Allain MBE will discuss her new children's book 'My Skin, Your Skin’ that explores race and racism, and Matthew Rawlins gives us an insight into his novel Oscar and his Spectacular Spectacles, which explores whether real heroes wear glasses. Plus with a Book Love interactive pop-up carnival shop offering an amazing abundance of inclusive & culturally representative books for adults and children, Caribbean storytelling, world music, flags, dolls, good conversation and more, you’re sure to discover some novel inspiration.
Interactive Storytelling to Engage and Enthral
Be at the heart of the action in Teatro Vivo’s ‘Faery Den’ where the audience must bring Titania and Oberon back together by helping Oberon write a love song, creating fearsome wings for Titania and helping Peta Quince to act out the mechanicals hilarious scene.
Bring your best adventure outfit and join ‘The Marvellous Myth Hunter’ for daring escapes, sword fights, weird creatures, interactive games, and the chance to become an honorary member of the Myth Hunter Academy. And join Kunda Kids, who aim to inspire the next generation to learn about African and Afro-Caribbean culture through engaging stories, songs, and animations.
Sex and Relationship Education
Whether you’re a parent/carer who is terrified of having THAT conversation or you broached the thorny subject as soon as your kids were old enough to understand, making sure your child understands the basics of sex and relationships is a must. So, if you’re comfortable with them learning all about it in an understanding environment at Camp Bestival, Molly Potter author of ‘Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees’ can help to make it all clear.
Workshops and Learning
Sometimes the best way to discover and learn is to get involved, so why not join award-winning film makers The Rainbow Collective as they show you how to use free stop motion software on your phone to bring everyday objects to life, creating narratives on inclusivity and mental health.
With superheroes, endless glitter, inspiring women, and exciting activities, the Festival of The Girl introduces an interactive way to explore gender equality. Tom Bailey (not that one) shows us how six shifts in your lifestyle can help protect our earth in clear, constructive, impactful, and doable ways with 'TAKE THE JUMP’, while Joe Whale AKA The Doodle Boy will show how let your imagination run wild and fill the page with whatever’s floating around in your head.
Meet Bhav, Megan and Macy who are young people that have been supported by Camp Bestival’s charity partner, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, as they chat about their experiences and the impact the Trust has had on them and their lives living through and beyond cancer. Join illustrator, author, and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst as she tells the fascinating stories of some of history's most talented female artists. And Stuart Sandeman - Breathpod reveals the secrets of breathwork, mindwork and music.
Into the Evening…
And if all that wisdom wasn’t enough, as dusk descends the Literary Institute line-up comes to a close with adult-themed discussions from The Gather who present ways of finding and maintaining connection as parents, and then a cavalcade of tip-top comics and comedians take over the Literary Institute to bring things to a giddy climax.