A massive crowd-pleaser since its inception in 1978 and one of the largest children’s festivals in all of Canada, the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns to Granville Island with six-days of theatre, live entertainment, puppetry, music, and more from May 29 – June 3.
The theme for 2012 is “Celebrate Our Stories,” and along with traditional theatrical techniques (on-stage shows), the Festival engages audiences of all ages with innovative performances on Aquabuses (!), in and around Granville Island’s duck ponds (the inspired “Quack Attack”), through hands-on activities, and with cooking classes at Edible Canada.
Highlights of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 include:
Under the Stars / A La Belle Etoile – A Hansel and Gretal retelling with marionettes (pictured above) from Quebec’s L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionnettes.
ZooZoo – A “physical theatre” performance for kids 4+ with amazing performers in animal garb—as penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters—creating a “madcap revue of Cirque du Soleil-esque acrobatics, illusion, comedy and fun.”
The Little Elephant – A show inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Little Elephant that’s mix of live action and puppetry, from Italy’s La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi.
Will Stroet and the Backyard Band – High-energy, interactive music in English and French with B.C.’s own, award-winning Will Stroet.
Quack Attack – “A one-of-a-kind clown adventure story that takes place in, around, and on the Granville Island duck pond.”
Tickets for the 2012 Festival are on sale now, so don’t wait!