Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:54

First Annual Grande Prairie Children’s Festival

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The City of Grande Prairie supports the First Annual Grande Prairie Children’s Festival happening on May 25 and 26 downtown.

The Festival is a successful recipient of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games Legacy Fund, an endowment fund created after the 2010 Games to bring new and exciting recreation, sport and cultural events for youth to the Grande Prairie Region. The Grande Prairie Children’s Festival aims to attract students aged 12 and under and their families to the City of Grande Prairie’s Montrose Cultural Centre, Centre for Creative Arts, GP Live Theatre, Royal Canadian Legion and Muskoseepi Park.

The two-day event includes performances and workshops that promote art, music, drama, dance, and multiculturalism. “The festival aims to get youth interested and inspired to pursue creative and performing arts,” says Aum Nicol, Grande Prairie Children’s Festival organizer. “The educational systems are unable to offer the variety of arts and cultural activities this festival offers.”

Funding applications for the Arctic Winter Games Legacy Fund are reviewed and awarded by the Pursuit of Excellence Committee. The committee is made up of representatives from the City of Grande Prairie Council and members of the public. For more information on the 2010 Arctic Games Legacy Fund and Arts Development Funding visit, www.cityofgp.com/funding
Inspiration for Children’s Festival
Organizer Aum Nicol states the inspiration for a local children’s festival came after attending similar events in St. Albert, AB. After the Montrose Culture Centre facility opened in 2010, Aum envisioned the facility as an ideal location to host a similar event centered on creative and performing arts activities suitable for children. “After the City built the Montrose Cultural Centre, I would drive by and imagine hosting a Children’s Festival on that site,” says Aum.

How to Get Involved
A unique evening event on Thurs. May 25 in the Teresa Sargent Hall (Montrose Cultural Centre) welcomes families to dance and sing along with Juno Award Children’s entertainers Jack Grunksy and Peter Puffin and provincially acclaimed performers Mr. Rayz, Peter and Mary and Gilbert Parent. Doors open at 4 p.m. with performances beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for students aged 12 and under and $8 for anyone aged 13 and older. Children under 3 are free.
School groups, parents and corporate sponsors can purchase tickets to performances and workshops by calling the Grande Prairie Live Theatre at 780-538-1616. A full schedule of activities and prices is listed www.gpchildrensfest.com

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