It is Toronto’s first contemporary arts festival for the very young and the second festival of its kind in Canada.
Whether for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners, each show has been created with the emotional and social developmental needs and interests of young children and are presented in intimate venues to ensure every child is close to the action and fully immersed in the experience. In addition to engaging theatre productions, the festival will offer a range of multi-disciplinary programming designed to engage little ones and their parents.
The line-up of shows recommended for children 3 years and up includes A Bucket of Beetles from Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia) a breathtaking journey through a rainforest based on a story told by a 5 year old-boy, Cyclo from Aranwa Company (Chile) a musical and visual feast celebrating the cycles of life and seasons, and My Silly Yum, from Jot & Tittle (Montreal), a tabletop puppet show about mushroom picking! The programme also includes two shows originally scheduled for the 2020 festival Taama (Belgium/Burkina Faso) in which friendship is forged across cultures through music, and The Cozy One-Man Band (France/Argentina), where astonishing experimental puppetry meets virtuosic music concert.
Past festival favourites now in quality recorded form are also featured, including the aerial circus treat Tweet Tweet from Femmes du Feu (Canada), the mesmerizing water-themed performance installation H2O from Helios Theatre (Germany) and heartwarming and hilarious Old Man and the River (Canada) which will return on screen for the holiday weekend after its successful digital tour to festivals in Canada and the U.S.
In addition to the featured programming, the festival will offer The Grass Films, a double bill of dance on film and series of sensory films from Second Hand Dance in the U.K, created especially for children with Special Educational needs while DreamScape at Home from India’s ThinkArts invites parents to create sensory environments for their young children.
The online edition of the WeeFestival offers interesting “Behind the Scenes” segments with the artists of the festival and host Derek Kwan including a virtual tour through the puppetry studio of Papermoon Puppet Theatre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Lua Shayenne will share the audio story of Yassama and the Beaded Calabash, Krysta Sero will host Kawennanótha with Krysta, where children are introduced to a different picture book each day by an Indigenous author, and finally, children at home or with their class are invited to create their own theatres and explore and share the magic of the theatre, puppetry, and storytelling with the Pizza Box Theatre Club guided by Derek Kwan.
Who is it for?
0 to 6 yrs.
For children 2.5/3 years + and their grownups
Pick-Your-Price Family Passes Starting at $25
Passes giving 8 days full access to all festival shows from May 17 -24 are available on a sliding scale from $50 -$150 with a number of $25 dollar passes for Parents who are Arts Workers or who are Under-Employed.
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
May 17 – May 24, 2021 – Schedule
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