The culmination of a number of special events to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Moomins creator Tove Jansson will see the characters take over Covent Garden on August 9th and 10th.
Moomin Summer Fun will be held in a specially designed and constructed teepee on the main piazza in Covent Garden, which is the home of the Moomin Shop.
Children’s writer Philip Ardagh – the name behind the popular Eddie Dickens books and a lifelong Moomin fan – will be reading extracts from some of his favourite Moomin books to a live audience. Benny Törnroos, one of Finland and Sweden’s best loved children’s entertainers, will be among the guests appearing during the weekend.
There will also be a Moomin puppet performance of selections and songs from the Polka Theatre’s popular Moominsummer Madness show, as well as face painting and some personal appearances by the Moomins themselves.
The Tove Jansson anniversary celebrations began in the UK in May with a special seminar at the Courtauld. In July, the ICA housed a display of unseen photographs and material relating to Jansson’s life and work, while the Unicorn Theatre also presented the Summer Book, a new play based on a story by Jansson about a woman’s relationship with her six year old granddaughter.
Since June, the Polka children’s theatre in Wimbledon has also been showing Moominsummer Madness, described by What’s On Stage as ‘enthralling for children and adults alike’.