Richmond’s Children’s Arts Festival celebrates 10 years of imagination, creativity and fun
08 January 2018
Richmond’s popular Children’s Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this Family Day with a fun-filled day of creative interaction, entertainment and more. The Children’s Arts Festival, presented by Lansdowne Centre, takes place Monday, February 12 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitors to the festival will be able to wander through multiple zones in and around the Richmond Cultural Centre where they can enjoy fun performances for kids of all ages, participate in hands-on arts and crafts or sign up for Creativity Classes led by professional artists
General festival admission allows participants to wander through the Sonic Garden and Art Alley where there will be live performances by Big Easy Funk Ensemble, Kutapira, The Blues Berries, Magic 2 Go, Circus West and others, plus enjoy pop up performances throughout the site. They can also roll their sleeves up at the festival’s numerous Imagination Stations and create everything from tie dye t-shirts to scratch animation with Cinevolution.
More than 30 artist-led Creativity Classes will give participants access to a hands-on interactive class led by a professional artist, with classes in a wide range of visual and performing arts such as puppet making, hip hop music, clay creations and more. Registration is required for all Creativity Classes and the fee includes General Admission. Register through richmond.ca/register or by calling the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300. Don’t delay as many Creativity Classes sell out in advance of the festival.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary, local children will also have some special opportunities to shape and participate in this year’s festival programming. New to the festival this year will be a cardboard challenge inspired from a documentary film, Caine’s Arcade, that featured a cardboard arcade created by a 9-year-old in East Los Angeles. Festival participants can create their own arcade games from cardboard and other recycled material. There will be a sneak preview event at Lansdowne Centre on Saturday, February 3 from noon to 3:00 p.m. including a mini arcade atmosphere with fun music and balloons. The top 10 games from the Lansdowne event will be featured at the festival on Family Day.
Youth will also have a chance to run away to the circus. Circus West will be visiting local classes to give students a peek into the world of circus. A few of the students participating will be incorporated into the performance with the Circus West cast, to be given the opportunity to perform at the festival in front of a live audience.
General festival admission is $5. Advance sales of general festival admission passes are now available at Lansdowne Centre; visit Customer Service during mall hours to purchase (cash only).
The Richmond Children’s Arts Festival is presented by Lansdowne Centre with support from Cowell Auto Group, Ikea Richmond and Kin’s Farm Market. Community partners are Minoru Seniors Centre, Richmond Art Gallery and Richmond Public Library. Media Sponsors are 94.5FM Virgin Radio, 103.5 QM/FM, CTV, Richmond News, KISS Radio and News1130.
The 2018 Children’s Arts Festival takes place on Monday, February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For full event details, visit www.childrensartsfestival.ca