Experience the finest in performing arts, live and in person, this May at the Ottawa Children’s Festival!

The Ottawa Children’s Festival de la jeunesse (OCF) is bringing its full Festival back to LeBreton Flats Park and beyond! This year we will have shows running from May 19 to the 29 at Arts Court, the Canadian War Museum and LeBreton Flats Park. Tickets are now on sale for this special event!

This multi-day theatrical extravaganza features award-winning artists from around the world, taking the stage to inspire audiences of all ages to ignite their creativity and imagination through thought-provoking performances. Full details can be found on our website (ottawachildrensfestival.ca).

Shows include:

How to Catch a Star – Branar Téatar do Pháistí, Ireland (45 minutes, Ages 4+, non-verbal). This adaptation of one of the world’s best loved children’s books combines puppetry, a magical original score, and the award-winning Irish theatre company, Branar, signature storytelling to remind us all to follow our dreams.

A Story of a House That Turned Into a Dot – Teatret Gruppe 38, Denmark (40 minutes, Ages 8+, English). Teatret Gruppe 38 brings their unique storytelling to life with this intimate shadow-play about how long the road home is when you run away in anger.

Countries Shaped Like Stars – Di Gaetano and Pearlman, Ontario (45 minutes, Ages 6+, English). A love story for adults and precocious children, Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular use a tin-can telephone to share with audiences their whimsical love story in Countries Shaped Like Stars.

The Libravian – Brú Theatre, Ireland (40 minutes, All ages, English). A one-person tour de force that celebrates the love of reading, the joy of language, and the sheer delight of words!

Tweet Tweet! – Femmes du Feu, Ontario (40 mins, Ages 0-5, English). Two performers take on the roles of young birds, exploring the relationship between babies and their parents in this interactive show; a show for the wee ones!

The original “Machine de Cirque” Show – Machine de Cirque, Quebec (90 minutes, All ages, Non-verbal). The best in Nouveau Cirque, five acrobats and musicians amaze with their breath-taking and hilarious, reckless acts.

La grenouille au fond du puits croit que le ciel est rond (The frog, at the bottom of the well, believes that the sky is round) – Vélo Théâtre, France (75 minutes, Ages 5+, offered in English and French). Vélo’s “memory” play introduces us to a world half forgotten, half remembered, a world of half dreams and half being wide awake, a universal story teller who takes us by the hand through his world of collected dreams and memories – a story told through objects, light, and magic!

Returns Department – The Kif-Kif Sisters, Quebec (50 minutes, Ages 5-10, Bilingual production – French/ English). Combining physical theatre, circus, visual arts and puppetry, Returns Department is a playful look behind the scenes of a production line.

The OCF family is thrilled to welcome audiences back to in person events in a safe, family-friendly environment. In addition to captivating performances, the Festival also includes a variety of on-site educational workshops and activities to enhance your visit and make artists out of each and every one of you.

For ticket information, visit ottawachildrensfestival.ca. The Ottawa Children’s Festival is proud to offer great discounts for schools, daycares, and any group of 10 or more. For more details contact our Festival Coordinator, Joni Hamlin at joni@ottawachildrensfestival.ca.


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