Little one or young at heart, you are definitely in for a real treat with the South Ken Kids Festival!

More creative than ever, the festival goes digital and features exclusive content and events, some of them produced onsite, most of them streamed live.

Let’s celebrate kindness, fraternity and diversity with the most talented writers and illustrators from both sides of the Channel. Quentin Blake, the beloved patron of the festival, invites us to discover his wonderful drawings, currently published in Le Monde, to be unveiled in the Festival virtual gallery.

Axel Scheffler and Dorothée de Monfreid are among the international illustrators behind Kind, a book, an exclusive digital exhibition and an online live drawing event! Other highlights include the multi-handed Impro! and a live reading and drawing pas-de-deux between acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Benji Davies.


Kind Exhibition
16 – 22 Nov

Kindness, fraternity and diversity are this year’s festival motto! A perfect occasion for us to highlight Kind, a picture book by author and publisher Alison Green and featuring artworks donated by 38 international illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, in support of the Three Peas charity. Discover 24 of these unique drawings in an exclusive virtual exhibition, only at the Institut français online, to be unveiled on 16 November. Help support Three Peas by buying a copy of Kind signed by Axel Scheffler, plus a beautiful limited-edition print.

Rencontres Inattendues by Quentin Blake
18 – 22 Nov

Sir Quentin Blake, the beloved patron of the South Ken Kids Festival, treats us every year with a unique gift! And what a gift we have this year! A unique exhibition of 12 drawings, only at the Institut français online, depicting unexpected encounters, he has recently created for leading newspaper Le Monde. Discover these comic pen & ink works, tinted with atmospheric grey watercolour in a free virtual exhibition unveiled on 18 Nov.


Le Cat in (re) Boots!
18 & 21 Nov

No need to introduce Charles Perrault’s Puss in Boots! A cunning joker and a thief, the malicious cat is one of the children and grown-ups most beloved (anti)heroes! But who is he really? Exchange Theatre brings you a fantastic retelling of the story of the master trickster cat in a hilarious show revisiting a classical tale!

Kind by Axel Scheffler and Guests
20 Nov – 6pm

A longtime friend of the South Ken Kids Festival, celebrated illustrator Axel Scheffler invites artists Dorothée de Monfreid, Guy Parker-Rees and Alison Green to imagine a world where everyone is kind in an inspiring live drawing session on the theme of kindness and refugees.

Live Event: Kind by Axel Scheffler and Guests


21 Nov – 2.30pm

Live Drawing

Join one of the most exciting and joyful events of the festival. Your favourite illustrators Axel Scheffler, Claire Fauvel, Perceval Barrier and Guy Parker-Rees are going to draw live all together and create unique pieces in a giant multi-handed virtual drawing improvisation.


The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo and Benji Davies
22 Nov – 2.30pm

Live Reading & Drawing

Imagine one of kids and grownups favourite authors and masterful storyteller, Michael Morpurgo and much-loved world-class illustrator Benji Davies coming together to tell you, in words and drawings, the story of a The Puffin Keeper. Let the magic begin!