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Family rave sensation coming to Mansfield

Mansfield Museum is teaming up with award-winning dance event sensation Big Fish Little Fish to bring a family friendly rave to the town.

The masked ball event, with the theme A Night at the Museum, is aimed at families with children aged under nine, and will be held at the Create Theatre at Vision West Nottinghamshire College on Sunday 18 March from 1.30pm to 4pm. Fancy dress is encouraged but optional.

Aiming to be as much fun for parents as children, it will include  a multi-sensory dance floor with top DJs playing club classics. Club visuals, bubble machines, glitter cannons and a giant parachute dance will be helping to create the atmosphere of a real rave. 

There will also be a chill-out area for babies, soft play zone and a museum-themed arts and crafts area to help keep youngsters happy. Tickets are £8 per adult,  £6 per child or £25 for a family ticket. Pre-walking infants go free but require a ticket. They can be booked in advance online and will also be available on the door.

Cllr Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth,  said: "This will be a fantastic fun event for both children and their parents and chance to enjoy time as a family as well as find out a bit about what our award-winning museum has to offer.

"Dancing is a great form of physical activity which is good for people's mental and physical wellbeing. 

"Many people enjoy dancing in their youth but give it up once they become new parents. Big Fish Little Fish events give parents with young children the chance to get back on the floor and rediscover the joy of dancing - but this time with their children, too." 

Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF) has been running family raves regularly in London since 2013 and has been named in the top ten of Time Out London's '101 Best Things to do with Kids in London'.  The Guardian rated the events as "reliably excellent" in 2017.

Thousands of people attend individually bespoke BFLF events every weekend in towns, cities and festivals all over the country, and even in Australia.

Each event is a unique experience with, at its heart, a live DJ mixing eclectic dance music including house, rave, hip hop, ska, techno, disco, drum'n'bass, dubstep and grime, to get everyone dancing together. 

Famous club scene DJs, such as DJ Food, Mixmaster Morris, Hatcha, Readers' Wifes, Si Begg, Coldcut, Alex Paterson and Terry Farley have all played BFLF events.  In Mansfield the master DJ will be David Dunne who has been part of dance music culture for more than 20 years. 

There will also be a licensed bar, homemade cake stall, face painting stall and free glow sticks and transfer tattoos. Mark Ricketts, Yorkshire and East Midlands regional manager for BFLF, said: "It's a family party with a difference and will be an afternoon of bouncy, spring time fun and a little bit bonkers family raving!"

The event has been made possible through the Market Town Network Project, funded by Museum Development East Midlands, which aims to assist local museums fund projects that will help them to reach new audiences and increase visitor numbers.

In Mansfield this scheme, which includes the family rave, has been called This is Me, This is Mansfield.

Another strand to the scheme has included an art project in which residents have been invited to create mini-me ceramic 'selfies' at workshops at the museum and in the community. 

The clay self-portraits have been displayed at the museum alongside poems, stories and artwork on the same theme by Mansfield schoolchildren.

This is Me, This is Mansfield culminates in a final exhibition at the museum, from Saturday 17 February to Saturday 24 March 2018.

Published on 20 February 2018

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