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Patrick Sanders

This is a photograph of Patrick Sanders that was taken at the opening day of the Your Little Tiny Welcome To The Great Big Whole Wide World exhibition at The Ulster Hall in Belfast.

It was in fact part of the world's first 'Baby Day' arts festival in which Anna Newell the then Artistic Director of Belfast based children's theatre company: Replay created an arts event based around Northern Ireland's tiniest citizens.

This from the Irish News on 11.08.15

"Baby Day is more than just a fun day out. It’s a moment to ask ourselves, what kind of city do we want for our tiniest citizens? Also at a time of arts funding cuts, it’s a great opportunity to shout about the importance of what we are calling arts at the heart from the very start," says event organiser Anna Newell.

Anna has been making theatre adventures for all ages since 1989 and in her role as artistic director of Replay Theatre she started making shows for babies, including their highly successful shows Babble and Tiny, which this autumn they will tour to South Africa.

Inspired by the response to their baby shows and the research of Scottish based, American development psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk, Anna invited other arts organisations and individual to respond to the need to address young audiences and the result is Belfast Baby Day.

“Neuroscience research shows that what happens in the first three years of a child’s life changes not only our behaviour in later years, but it actually changes how our brains are formed. We believe its absolutely crucial that some of those experiences should be creative, practical, imaginative, lyrical, stimulating, soothing and full of wonder. That's what Baby Day is all about," adds Anna.

“And for adults it’s about seeing the world through a child’s eyes and seeing what Belfast could be if there was connection and not division. We hope Baby Day celebrates the power of creativity and the unique connection that it makes: connection between parent and baby, connection between communities, and how vital these connections are for a happy future for all of us."

Patrick Sanders also designed the Baby Day logo which was used in the advertising of the event and which still pops up every now and then.

Patrick Sanders took the idea of the exhibition which of course was originally a book for just one special baby and imagined a book which could be shared with many other people tiny and not so tiny, and thus Your Little Tiny Welcome To The Great Big Whole Wide World was born!

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