The annual Surrey International Children’s Festival inspires young hearts and minds to greater possibilities, and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage through performing and visual arts experiences. Access to the site is free, as well as participation in Saturday's parade. However most performances and activities are ticketed.
2018 Festival Theme — Play. Create. Do.
«Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.» Pablo Picasso
Children are true artists. They play their way through their days and create the world of their dreams, wishes and aspirations. These perceptions help shape who they will become and what they will do. The 14th annual Surrey International Children’s Festival is investigating simple everyday play. Ticketed performances incorporate Tetris, a physical dance performance from the Netherlands where the dancers investigate how their bodies relate to each other as they move in space. Plastique from Quebec creates an entire world out of plastic bags and the relationship between two garbage bag puppets. Baking Time, a co-presentation between the UK’s Oily Cart company & North Vancouver’s Presentation House, celebrates cooking in the kitchen and the joy of seeing utensils come to life. Hula-hoops, clay, face paint, and simple imaginative play will be the theme of the many art activities on site. Join us May 24 — 26, 2018 and Play. Create. Do.
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Festival dates and times:
Check out the performers schedule and the list of activities during the 3 days of the festival.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:00am to 2:30pm
Come celebrate First Nations’ culture during our opening ceremony (including traditional blessings with songs and dances) and be the first ones to experience our 2017 site activities… haven’t had the time to do all of them? You’re welcome back: each arts activity wristband is valid all 3 days! Awesome, isn’t it?
Friday, May 25, 2018
9:00am to 2:30pm
It’s time to experiment the Francophone way! Chantez et dansez and learn new skills at our francophone performances and workshops, laugh with our bilingual roving performers and be amazed by our bilingual Community Spirit Stage performances. Faites partie du party: fun is all around!!!
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:30am to 7:30pm
After enjoying the Festival with your class, come back on Saturday with your family and be part of the action during our Festival Procession. Also, check out the performers & art activities that day!
Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park 13750 — 88 Avenue (King George Boulevard / 88 Avenue)
There are 5 performance venues which will feature national and international performers:
3 venues inside the Arts Centre (Main Stage Theatre, Studio Theatre and Lily Pad Stage)
2 venues in Bear Creek Park (Leap Frog Stage and Community Spirit Stage).
There are hands-on arts activities inside tents, and roving performances throughout the park. It is a unique and festive festival! A one-of-a-kind in Surrey and the surrounding area!