After three days of non-stop fun, workshops, live performances, and activities…who’s ready for a nap?!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 11, 2016
WHISTLER, BC – Over this past weekend Whistler Olympic Plaza was transformed into a colourful spectacle of creativity and performance as over 6000 people gathered to experience live performances, roving entertainment, free activities, and hands-on creative workshops at the Whistler Children’s Festival. The Kick-Off Dance Party on Friday, July 8 was a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Ira Pettle & Friends got the whole crowd up and dancing and moving, and X-Corps Drumline rounded out the evening with upbeat, rhythmic music. The Plaza filled with families getting warmed up for the weekend ahead with live entertainment and free activities on the Great Lawn.
The lineup of live performers included JUNO-nominated 4-piece band The Kerplunks, Magician Leif David, popular circus troupe CircusWest, and local up-and-coming young artists on the RBC Emerging Artists Stage. Free activities included balloon hats, face painting, storytelling, and the ever-popular patio stones workshop which has been part of the Whistler Children’s Festival since its inception. This year, a total of 513 workshop participants enjoyed the programs, with 37 of the creative workshops selling out completely.
“Each year we are so grateful to our volunteers performers and participants who make the Whistler Children’s Festival a success,” said Arts Whistler Interim Executive Director, Mo Douglas. “At Arts Whistler we believe that art makes everything awesome, so it’s always fun for us to see so many kids and families engaging in an arts filled weekend.”
Returning for its second year was the Media Mentor Program, which saw five young Media Mavens take on the roles of Junior Radio Host, Junior News Reporter, Junior Photographer, Junior TV Reporter, and Junior Camera Operator with mentors from Whistler FM, Shaw TV, freelance photographer Martin Bell, and the Whistler Question. Ella Lee-Bufton, the Junior Radio Host, broadcast live as the official on-location co-host with Whistler FM’s Meaghan Mullaly, while Junior Reporter Vanessa Assad co-wrote an article on the Whistler Children’s Festival with help from her mentor, Question editor Alyssa Noel. The article will run in this week’s Question newspaper. Local photographer Martin Bell showed Jordan Handlen and Brenna Nott what it is like to be a festival photographer for a day.
Through experiential learning and immersion in the arts, the Whistler Children’s Festival encourages and facilitates arts exposure and education to kids of all ages. Arts Whistler was thrilled to present this much loved event once again in 2016. As Whistler’s longest running festival, it’s a great representation of the engaging arts and culture that Whistler has to offer.
For more information on the Whistler Children’s Festival, visit www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com.
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ABOUT ARTS WHISTLER
Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for the Performance Series, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.
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