Half term events in London and Birmingham to celebrate 80 years of Babar!Celebrate 80 years of Babar the Elephant in London and Birmingham this half term. Head to Westfield Shopping Centre, White City on 30 October to meet Babar himself (appearances in the Atrium between 12-3), or you can join him at a special children's party at Foyles Bookshop (1st floor) between 3-4pm. The Library of Birmingham is also hosting a birthday event on 31 October, 2.30-3.30pm, with a storyteller, colouring activities and a visit from the King of the Elephants! All events are free.
Celebrate 80 years of Babar with the gift of a bookIt’s 80 years since the stories of Babar the Elephant were first published in the UK. Today there is a whole range of different books featuring this classic character – still adored by millions and shared between generations – so why not mark this milestone by giving a Babar book to your loved ones this Christmas?
80 Years of Babar1931 Jean de Brunhoff publishes first book in France: The Story of Babar 1933 The Story of Babar is published in Britain and the United States, with an introduction by A.A.Milne 1934 Babar the King is published 1937 Jean de Brunhoff dies of tuberculosis, aged 37 1946 Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean publishes, Babar et Le Coquin d’Arthur 1960 First feature film: Babar 1969 Babar, TV show broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 weekdays 1985 ...
Babar marks 80th anniversary with first ever men's fashion rangeA designer menswear collection inspired by vintage illustrations of Babar the Elephant launches in London's Goodhood store on 12 April, 80 years after the books about this classic children's character were first published in the UK. This is the first time that permission has been given for original artwork from the iconic Babar books by French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, to be used in a menswear fashion range, and its launch kick-starts the celebrations for Babar’s 80th anniversary in the UK.
ABOUT BABAR'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY
This is the Official Online Press Office for the UK celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of Babar.
The classic children's character, Babar the Elephant, was created by the French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, in 1931, however the first Babar books were not published in the UK unitl 1933. Since then, millions of British children have grown up with the memorable stories about the King of the Elephants, his wife Celeste, and large extended family.
UK celebrations to mark this important milestone in Babar's history will be announced in due course.