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16 May 2024



Dance Umbrella announce a family weekend across sites in the London Bridge area with performances, workshops and arts and crafts for the whole family to enjoy. 


On Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October, visitors can experience the magic of de Stilte, a renowned dance company from the Netherlands, who bring their thrilling new show Eyecatchers for young children to the Unicorn and the UK for the very first time. de Stilte were last seen at Dance Umbrella in 2022 with De-re-mi-ka-do which was a hit with audiences across London.

Watch two captivating dancers and a musician as they embark on a wondrous journey, exploring the world through touch, sound, and movement. Their performance mirrors the awe and curiosity of a young child discovering their surroundings, creating a spellbinding experience for both kids and parents. 

Eyecatchers is an enchanting adventure, perfect for families with children aged 1 and above. Audiences can enjoy the show and stay for interactive playtime on stage, where they can immerse themselves in this world of wonder! 

At Potters Fields Park on Saturday 26 October Hackney Showroom will present The Bobby Dazzler, their touring stage on wheels. Entertainment includes DJ’s, live cabaret acts, dance floor prizes and all kinds of family fun! 

Dance Umbrella will also be at the Unicorn for family friendly dance workshops for early years children and their grown-ups. Perfect for audiences of Eyecatchers, they will be led by a dance artist who will encourage visitors to explore movement, sound and play inspired by the show. 

Dance Umbrella Artistic Director and co-Chief Executive Freddie Opoku-Addaie said: ‘It's great to have de Stilte back and to partner with the Unicorn Theatre and Team London Bridge again for the UK premiere of Eyecatchers. Also, bringing an offer of free events and activities to nearby Potters Fields Park next to the iconic Tower Bridge is so exciting. Family friendly programming speaks to our values of making great art and spaces across our global city accessible to all.’

The Dance Umbrella Family Weekend is presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Team London Bridge and the Unicorn Theatre. 

The full DU2024 programme announcement will be in June. 




Dance Umbrella’s Family Weekend

de Stilte (Netherlands)


Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October, 11am & 2pm

Unicorn Theatre

Hackney Showroom (UK)

The Bobby Dazzler

Saturday 26 October, times 12pm and 5pm

Potters Fields Park





de Stilte 

de Stilte is a professional dance company based in the Southern region of The Netherlands, that focuses entirely on developing productions and performing for children. They perform hundreds of shows every year, for both the public and for schools. Education is an integral part of de Stilte’s activities. Since the foundation in 1994, de Stilte has expanded to become the most attended youth theatre producer in The Netherlands. 

de Stilte wants to take as many children as possible out of the everyday world and into the abstract world of the senses, encouraging children to tell their own story using the boundless limit of the imagination. They believe that imagination pushes boundaries: by becoming part of the story, by experiencing it and using your imagination, your world becomes larger and more familiar. Based on that philosophy, founder and artistic director Jack Timmermans works with academically trained dancers to produce ambitious shows for young and old. 

Hackney Showroom

Hackney Showroom is a development space for experimental theatre artists and makers of award-winning live performances. They support non-mainstream theatre makers, working across a range of performance disciplines to create new work for the stage. They work with some of the most experimental voices in the UK, offering them a rigorous approach to developing their practice, paving the way for artists to make astonishing and memorable work. 

Hackney Showroom delivers year-round free creative and cultural projects for participants from babies to elders from their Kings Crescent Estate base. 






About Dance Umbrella 

Dance Umbrella is a London festival 45 years in the making and moving with the times. Every year our festival ignites London and online with the next generation of trailblazing artists. Since 1978, we have been an international home for dance across a global city, presenting more than 1000 artists from 45 countries to over one million people. We have brought outstanding dance to more than 145 venues throughout London and online; from the high-profile stages of Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre and Barbican to local arts centres – and taking in the more unexpected locations of canal boats, ice rinks and car park rooftops in between.  

Since 2020, we have also given online audiences the chance to experience the festival through a curated programme including dance films and artist encounters. Dance Umbrella is also a commissioner of new work, co-producing with partners based in the UK and abroad, to invest in the next wave of international choreographic talent. Alongside this, we create year-round creative learning initiatives for all ages and nurture the development of arts professionals. 

Appointed in 2021, Dance Umbrella’s new Artistic Director/CEO Freddie Opoku-Addaie's vision for the festival builds on its 45-year track record of commissioning and producing excellent work. This new chapter introduces a programme that puts emerging and diverse talent at its heart, reflecting the global identity of our London home. 

Dance Umbrella Festival 2024 will take place 9-31 October, across London and online. Watch this  space for more spectacle shows announced in the coming months before the full festival LAUNCH in June. 



About Unicorn Theatre

Transforming young lives through theatre.


At the Unicorn we create new, inventive and enthralling theatre experiences for children aged up to 13. Every year, we welcome around 65,000 families and schools through our doors, and many thousands more through Unicorn Online.


We believe that young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities have the right to experience exciting, entertaining and inspiring work and we actively seek out children who wouldn’t otherwise attend, offering free tickets where needed. We develop work with children from our partner schools and community groups to ensure that our work remains relevant and informed by the young people we serve. Our values of courage, curiosity and respect run through everything we do. unicorntheatre.com

About Team London Bridge

Team London Bridge is a Business Improvement District (BID), established by the local business community to make London Bridge one of the most sustainable, culturally innovative and compelling places for business and tourism in the world. The organisation works with over 400 business members including PwC, EY, Norton Rose, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Bridge Theatre, Southwark Council, News UK, Imperial War Museum, King’s College London, the City of London and Network Rail. The London Bridge area is working towards being net zero by 2030 in line with the Southwark Climate Change Strategy.


Funders Credits

Presented as part of the Dance Umbrella Family Weekend 2024 in partnership with Unicorn Theatre and Team London Bridge. The Bobby Dazzler was created with support from Hackney Community Fund. 

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