Children's Day features new creative play programming.
annual program for Harrison Festival of the Arts' Children's Day has
consistently included three different live performances and a number of
drop-in activities that encourage children to explore the arts through
the direction of new Children's Day Coordinator, Janet Hutchinson, the
programming for this year's Children's Day, Wednesday, July 15 from 11am
to 4pm, will see some refreshing new activities that invite children and
parents' to experience hands-on interactions with a wide range of
performing arts including music, drama & physical skills.
is an experienced event organizer in the Fraser Valley and has had great
success developing child focused programming for various local community
groups," says Harrison Festival Society Artistic Director, Andy
Performing arts activities added this year include Circus Skills
training and games, Acting Out dramatic play lead by
Chilliwack School of
Performing Arts, Music Makers rhythm circle lead by instructor Anya
McRae and Story Forest featuring wildlife puppets from the
Heron Nature Reserve.
is a joy to connect and share with fellow arts organizations and groups
in this celebration of youthful fun and creativity," says Hillhouse. "It
offers a more enriching experience for us as organizers and the public."
Returning activity favourites include the popular Climbing Wall, BC
Hydro Power Smart Booth, Craft Central and Play Zone for toddlers &
The day's performance lineup features musician and inventor,
Al Simmons, on the indoor Memorial Hall stage. Called the
"Thomas Edison of entertainers, Simmons is one of the most popular
children’s acts in the country, and well known and loved for his
inventive musical comedy. Sets by Nunavut group The
The Jerry Cans
and youth ensemble
will be featured on the outdoor stage.
The Jerry Cans will be featured on the
Families are encouraged to hang around town after the Children's Day
site has closed to catch the youthful and exuberant evening Memorial
Hall performance with
The Strumbellas at 8:30pm. This Canadian group is making
waves at festivals across North America and abroad for the quality of
their dynamic live shows. They have an all ages appeal with a popular
contemporary alternative folk style similar to massive groups such as
The Lumineers and Fleet Foxes. With children 12 and under admitted free
to evening Hall performances, families have more access than ever to
share an unforgettable full day family fun Festival extravaganza.
"Accessibility is a core value of our organization," says Hillhouse, "We
have families ourselves and understand how challenging it can sometimes
be to find family friendly programming that is engaging, educational and
entertaining while remaining affordable."
Admission to Children's Day is $6 (children 3 and under are free, group
rate available). Complete lineup and tickets for the 37th annual
Harrison Festival of the Art are available online at
www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at
the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison. Early bird pricing available
until June 26.
About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town
hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for
growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming. Each
July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally
acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a nine day, cross-disciplinary,
multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and
breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit,
grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of
the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a
number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality,
inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.
The Harrison Festival Society is proudly supported by the following
partners & sponsors:
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