Vancouver International Children’s Festival is Coming: May 30-June 5

Photo Credit: Vancouver International Children's Festival

One of the largest children’s festivals in Canada is set to return to Vancouver starting May 30.  Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has entertained more than 1.7 million guests with educational and thought-provoking performances for kids.  This year the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, in a brand new home on Granville Island.

As in the past, the festival will be organized around a line-up of world-class performances for kids (Tickets for most shows are $22).  The shows span genres ranging from contemporary dance to comedy and, in many cases, defy genres altogether.  The one common thread is that all programming is intellectually stimulating and high-caliber, making for a festival that parents may enjoy just as much as kids.

Highlights this year include 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes, which – as its name suggests – features a lightening fast sequence of acrobatics, magic and suspense from the Australian troupe Circa.   Another hotly anticipated show is From Handel to Hip Hop, a musical review spanning centuries and vastly different types of music, performed by the Vancouver string trio Infinitus.  Also popular is Step Afrika, an interactive dance performance featuring claps, chants and dancing from cultures around the world.

But, as any Children’s Fest attendee can tell you, a big part of the fun happens off the stage.  This year, tickets to all shows include admission to five, special Interactive Zones featuring hands-on arts and crafts and free entertainment.  Scattered around Granville Island, these zones will offer face painting and Aboriginal crafts, interactive sculptures, Taiwanese mask making and even the basics of learning American Sign Language.  There will also be a free stage featuring music and dance.  (Note to parents on a budget: You can skip the ticketed performances and just visit the Interactive Zones for $5).

The Children’s Festival runs from May 30-June 5 on Granville Island.  To see a full schedule of performances and purchase tickets, visit the Vancouver International Children’s Festival website.

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