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Children’s Festival 2016: Change in the air & so are the performers

Children’s Festival 2016: Change in the air & so are the performers
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The Silver Starlets are just one of the acts featured on the new outdoor stage. (thesilverstarlets.com)

If you’re in Kiwanis Park June 4-7, 2016 you’re going to want to look up… way up. That’s where you’ll find a ton of fun, actually in the air at this year’s PotashCorp Children’t Festival.

This year, visitors will notice many changes to the festival but the biggest one of all is the outdoor stage. “There’s so many fantastic performers that just don’t fit inside a tent,” says General Manager Rachel Wormsbecher. “Acrobats need space. Our new stage allows us to include that magic!” The outdoor stage will feature acts like the gravity defying Hockey Circus Show. This is all about creating that street performer atmosphere just for kids.

Circus Arts / Children's Festival
The circus arts are back for another year at the PotashCorp Children’s Festival. (PotashCorp Children’s Festival)

Also new to the festival this year is the Art Français tent where children can take in a variety of French performances including music and Circus Arts. Special mention should also go to local celebrity author Yann Martel who’ll be reading in French.

Organizers have also partnered with Folk Fest and Wannuskewin to bring more cultural activities to the site. “We want to reflect our changing community and celebrate diversity,” says Wormsbecher. “The Children’s Festival creates a magical, inclusive space for kids and their families.”

“The Children’s Festival creates a magical, inclusive space for kids and their families.”

The festival hasn’t forgotten about fan favourites on the main stage under the big top tent. There, families can enjoy acts like the Mega Magic Show and the musical comedy of Norman Foote. Also making a return is the ever-popular attractions, Circus Arts School, Lego Build and Fossil Find.

It’s no secret that the festival has gone through some tougher times, but organizers say they are now on the other side of those lean years and have an eye on the future. “We are still in a rebuilding phase,” says Wormsbecher. “But these recent changes mean that our festival is now healthy and will be around for years to come!”

Planning for this year began with a different vision, that families should be able to pay one price and enjoy everything the festival had to offer. So, for only $10 you can see any show, and also wander the site and take part in activities. Your ticket is also good for any day of the festival but organizers suggest families come on the weekend.

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Britainy Zapshalla With more than 15 years as an arts reporter at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla considers herself not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan’s entertainment scene. She’s a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon and loves to help people plan their weekends with Brit’s Picks.

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