Children’s Arts Festival invites families to get creative
14 January 2019
Imagination, creativity and family fun come together on BC Family Day Monday, February 18, at Richmond’s Children’s Arts Festival.
The Children’s Arts Festival, presented by Lansdowne Centre, encourages children of all ages to get creative by offering a variety of interactive and hands-on activities, all led by professional artists and performers. The 11th Annual Children’s Arts Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Family Day Monday, February 18 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Full details about the Children’s Arts Festival are available at www.childrensartsfestival.ca
“The Children’s Arts Festival is designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This popular annual event is a great way to spend Family Day as kids and parents from across the community can play together in a fun, festive environment.”
This year’s special event performance, presented by TD Bank Group, is The Troll Grandfather. An original performance from local Vancouver theatre group, Axis Theatre, this performance is an epic adventure full of mythology and magic and sure to be a memorable performance for kids and parents alike.
2019 also welcomes author and illustrator Holman Wang. He and his brother, Jack, are the twin powers behind the board book series Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns, which abridge literary and cinematic classics into just 12 words and 12 needle-felted images. Their unique artwork has been exhibited around the world.
New to the Children’s Arts Festival this year will be feature artist Keely O’Brien who will be working with community members to create a digitally printed wall mural for the Richmond Arts Centre. Festival attendees and the Richmond community can contribute to the artwork and inform the mural both during the festival and at a pre-festival launch event to be held at Lansdowne Centre. The final piece will be composed and refined by the artist using digital post-production techniques and be placed for all to enjoy in the Richmond Arts Centre.
As always, participants can enjoy entertainment throughout the day including Middle Eastern tales from Stories on Wheels, a breath-taking demonstration from kite-flyer Tristan Underwood and the sounds of Rumba Calzada, Krystle Dos Santos, Kutapira and more.
Kids can take part in a Creativity Class (pre-registration required) like acrylic painting or stop motion animation, or burn off a little energy with a dance and movement or improv class. The Festival is peppered with Imagination Stations inspiring children to try their hands at everything from crafting paper flowers or a brilliant mosaic.
General festival admission can be purchased on site (cash only) the day of the Festival. For just $5 per person, general festival admission includes drop-in access to the Imagination Stations and a range of fun creative activities. Space is limited for the Creativity Classes and advance registration is recommended. Classes are $15 each and include general festival admission. A complete listing of available Creativity Classes can be found at childrensartsfestival.ca/creativity-classes
The Children’s Arts Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Lansdowne Centre. Zone sponsors are IKEA, Cowell Auto Group and TD Bank Group. Community sponsors are Kin’s Farm Markets and Richmond Public Library. Media sponsors are Richmond News, QMFM, Virgin Radio and KISS Radio.