Twitter logo Facebook logo Instagram logo

Spine Festival 2021

Spine festival is an annual festival across London for young people and families to get them to engage with the written and spoken word through a variety of creative art projects run by specially commissioned artists. The project is funded by Apples and Snakes. This year the theme is Empathy and launches on June 1st World children’s day. 

Postcard Connect: A SPINE festival project in partnership with artist Meng Ni Beh and Apples and Snakes 

postcard connect

Postcard Connect is a Children’s Art Project for Spine Festival 2021. We are inviting you to say hello and connect with people you know, by creating a postcard at home and sending it to friends and family to let them know you are thinking of them. Postcards are a lovely surprise for someone to receive and keep forever!

The project aims to encourage children to take notice of the world around them and celebrate the little moments of their everyday life and share how they feel. The project runs from the 7th-30th June.

What do you need to do to take part in Postcard Connect?

Here's an introductory video - 

Step 1 Please collect your free blank postcards and your instruction sheet from Idea Store Whitechapel, Canary Wharf or Bow from 7th June. Packs are limited so please come early!

Step 2 Your will need to make sure you have these materials   
at home:    

  • Pencil
  • Paint, Felt tips or Colouring pencils
  • Postage stamps (if you would like to post your postcards to anyone)

Step 3 Watch our specially made videos with artist Meng Ni Beh showing you lots of brilliant ideas on how to make some fantastic postcards.



Step 4 Please share your fantastic postcards with us! You may need to ask an adult to help you with this. Take a photograph of the front of the postcard, and share this with us, letting know your name, age, and who you are sending a card to and why. All entries will be made into a special film at the end of June that you can see on the Idea Store website. Please send the photos of your postcards to

Here are some postcards Meng has made that share the little moments everyday life:


The postcard connect Kit is an activity pack designed for the Spine Festival by artist Meng Ni Beh inviting you to get creative at home. The instructional creativity kits and online videos show you how you can use her processes and techniques to create your own unique artwork. Meng is based in London; see more of her work at