CAPTIVATING THEATRE, GROOVIN’ MUSIC, DYNAMIC DANCE, CRAZY COMEDY, THRILLING ACROBATICS, ENCHANTING PUPPETRY. LITTLE KIDS OR BIG KIDS, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT KIDS FEST
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF), presented by Coast Capital Savings, is setting the stage for its 36th annual event, taking place May 27th to June 2nd on Granville Island. Professional performing artists from Norway, Africa, Germany and Canada will be performing 12 shows in six Granville Island venues, including four indoor and two outdoor Festival environments. In addition, the Festival hosts over 15 hands-on arts activities such as shadow puppetry, an outdoor weaving sculpture, bicycle spin-art, origami, a sock puppet workshop, circus skills, the Twist & Toddle play area and much, much more. The Festival expects 30,000 children and adults in attendance. Highlights of this year’s Festival include the North American premiere of Sparrow – a show from Norway that is created specifically for babies and tots (7 to 24 months old); the Canadian debut of Cirque Zuma Zuma – the African acrobats who were thrust into stardom performing on America’s Got Talent; the multi-media sensation Queen of Colours, which blends shadow puppetry, live music, painting and video projection into a theatrical performance; and four special evening performances including two Pyjama Nights.
Tickets for featured performances are $25 per adult, $15 per child including tax and service charges, with exceptions for Sparrow ($25 adult, $5 child) and the Variety Show ($25 adult, $22 child). Show tickets include access to all hands-on arts activities so come for a show but stay for the whole day! For access to hands-on arts activities only: purchase an Activity Wristband for $8 per person (sold onsite only). Flip through the 2013 Interactive Guide. Cover photo by Rick Etkin.
A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. The Vancouver International Children’s Festival moved to Granville Island in 2011. Why Granville Island? The decision to move the Festival to Granville Island was made with great deliberation. Everyone loves the Vanier Park, but the best artistic work in the world today requires technical support that could not be provided in tents. At Granville Island there is access to theatrically equipped venues, and plenty of outdoor spaces. Granville Island is a vibrant, creative hub and home to numerous cultural festivals and events. It offers the environment and opportunities to take the Festival into the 21st century. Despite the many challenges still facing the festival, it was a move in the right direction. The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society is a non-profit charity.
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