A gigantic half-man half-insect is set to invade University Parks.

From May 31 till June 2, visitors to the park will be treated to the sights of a 14-metre inflatable bug tent, the 'Jitterbug'.

The installation is set to host various free workshops and events for all ages.

These activities will include talks, yoga, crafting, storytelling and even a drag cabaret extravaganza.

This marks an intersection of art and academia as this gigantic attraction is a collaboration between award-winning producers Trigger, known for their work on The Hatchling and PoliNations, and the University of Oxford's Cultural Programme.

The installation is inspired by the work ‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka.

The idea for the 'Jitterbug' was generated in tandem with academics from the University of Oxford and serves to underscore the importance of recognising one's inner beauty.

This also forms part of the centenary celebrations for the acclaimed writer, part of the 'Kafka’s Transformative Communities’ project launched by Kafka Research Centre.

John Fulljames, director of the Humanities Cultural Programme, said: "We can't wait to welcome people from across the city and beyond to the Jitterbug events which should be a lot of fun and bring Kafka's world to life."

The Jitterbug also boasts a brand-new artistic collaboration between Oxford's MC Rawz and aerialist Julia Sparkle.

Over several days, key highlights include a takeover by Oxford's Story Museum, a repurposing fashion workshop and an insect-oriented panel discussion.

On Friday, May 31 at 8pm, international superstar Meow Meow will star in an evening performance, adding her trademark Kafkaesque musical theatrics to the proceedings.

Tickets for this show are priced at £10.

Angie Bual, creative director of Trigger, is thrilled about the upcoming event.

She said: "We are so excited to bring our extraordinary and fantastical Jitterbug to the people of Oxford.

"There really will be something for everyone!

"From early morning yoga sessions to creative writing sessions, opportunities to get up close and personal with bugs and let loose at our evening cabaret.

"We’re thrilled to have collaborated with The Cultural Programme to present this colourful celebration of transformation and discovery.

"See you in the bug!"

The Jitterbug has been designed by renowned designer Carl Robertshaw and fabricated by Studio Souffle.

Booking is open for all workshops and further detail can be found at: www.culturalprogramme.org.uk. The Cultural Programme at the University of Oxford was set up to deliver arts and culture from around the world in preparation for the opening of Oxford’s new Schwarzman Centre, a state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance space, due to open in 2025.