The Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 35th year.
Festival coordinator, Stephen Bourdeau says at its core, it’s an arts and culture festival for children.
“We provide programming and experiences that are related to theatre, music, dance, visual arts, performing arts, creativity and the festival is all about trying to inspire creativity in children.”
To celebrate the milestone the event has a special community art project, called “Collide”.
“Which is trying to gather 35,000 handmade butterflies from the community to make a large visual art installation piece in St. Albert Place, city hall downtown.”
He says they’ve already collected over 32,000 butterflies and will be taking more throughout the week, but the challenge will be figuring out where to put them all.
Bourdeau credits the unique experiences children can receive at the event for its continued success, particularly when it comes to the international components.
“From Asia, from down under, from Africa, this year we have a performing group from Guinea that’s come in. We have a group from the Netherlands, we’ve brought them from all over the America’s, South America, Central America. Over our 35 years we’ve covered almost 100 countries and every continent around the globe and we’ve brought them to our community for the special week.”
He says tickets for the festival are almost sold out, the event runs from Tuesday to Saturday.