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The louder they come: In just over two month's time, more than 100,000 children are expected to descend on the NEC in Birmingham for four days of continuous cacophany and excessive high spirits. The BBC's Big Bash is an interactive jamboree in which children's television is celebrated in all its exuberant diversity. Live and Kicking will broadcast directly from the show and hardy perennials such as Blue Peter and Newsround will be on duty.

The BBC has produced a school's pack for parents, teachers and children. It gives bags of information about the event but also seeks volunteers for a number of special activities. Five "spokeskids" are needed to interview celebrities and talk to the press; budding journalists between the ages of 13 and 16 are wanted for the Bash newspaper and finally, teachers are encouraged to take to the boards in a pantomime version of Cinderella. Details: Kate Cox, BBC Haymarket Exhibitions, 44 North Wharf Road, London W2 1LA. Tel: 0171 402 0920.

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