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Calling parents, educators and young audiences of all ages! The 40th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival will be back at Granville Island from May 29 to June 4.
The first of its kind in North America, the festival inspires young minds with top-notch professional artistic experiences, across theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival opens a world of creative possibilities to children and the young-at-heart.
The multi-disciplinary programming is always culturally diverse and representative of both local and international artists, and this year’s lineup is no different. Here are a few of the anticipated performers you should check out at the festival.
The Canada Show (Monster Theatre / BC): Go on a hysterically historical joy-ride through 50,000 years of Canada with three bickering historians — all crammed into an action-packed 60 minutes.
Pulse (Teatro al Vacio / Mexico): A rare opportunity for babies to experience live theatre created just for them, Pulse uses the language of music and movement to create a stimulating experience to capture the imagination and curiosity of the youngest of audiences.
Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co / Australia): Adorable Grug from down under shows off the fascinating and evolving world of puppetry. Join Grug on a whimsical journey, with accessible storytelling and an exquisite set that brings a whole imaginary world to life.
The Itch of the Golden Nit (Tate Modern / UK): From the Tate Modern and the creators of Wallace & Grommit, this 30 minute animated film was created with the help of 34,000 school children. Will 11-year-old Beanie save the universe and return the Golden Nit to its rightful place?
Afrique en Cirque (Kalabanté Productions / Africa): A mix of modern acrobatics and traditional African dance and music, these enthusiastic performers will wow with magic, fun and excitement all set to a fiery rhythm. There won’t be a dull moment now that the circus is in town!
Getting to the festival
All performances will happen at different venues across Granville Island, which is easily accessible by public transit, car, ferry, bike or on foot. Have a look at the official site map below, or download the larger version here.
Where: Granville Island
When: May 29 to June 4
Tickets: At Children’s Festival, $5-$22
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