The Calgary International Children’s Festival is an annual celebration of performing arts and childhood. It takes over Olympic Plaza and the EPCOR Centre for five days every May, just after the Victoria Day long weekend. The Festival is a big draw, attracting over 50,000 visitors, making it North America’s third largest festival of its kind. The Calgary International Children’s Festival’s success is due largely to its focus on its Community Arts Programs, which bring young people into contact with artists through workshops and creative arts events. The goal is to engage the imagination and creativity of Calgary’s youth and to encourage a lifelong passion for art.
The performances in the EPCOR Centre are open to the public, but tickets cost $13.25. The performances are geared to children aged 2 to 16, so being aware of the genre, themes, and length of each performance is a necessary thing to research. All the activities in Olympic Plaza are free and suitable for all ages. This event runs rain or shine! For more information, visit the Children’s Festival’s website.
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