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BackgroundEdit

  • Held in May in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Moved to the Oakland section of the city in 2008.
  • Was in the North Side for many years up to 2007.
  • 22nd year was 2008.
  • Runs Wednesday to the next Sunday, 10 days.
  • In 2004, there was no Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, due to a crisis that was created by then mayor, Tom Murphy. It was hoped to return in 2005.

MediaEdit

NewsEdit

Children's Festival embraces Pitt settingEdit

Sunday, May 11, 2008 By Adrian McCoy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08132/880295-42.stm
Acts includeEdit

The Mimbre Acrobats, three female acrobats from Italy, Sweden and England, will present the U.S. premiere of "Sprung."

InsightsEdit

The Pittsburgh International Children's Festival moved from North Side Allegheny Center site to the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus.

The festival also will be adding another performing company because the Oakland location provides more flexibility in booking acts because of a wider variety of venue sizes.

Outdoor attractions will be on the grounds around the Pitt campus and Schenley Plaza. Bigelow Boulevard will be closed between Fifth Avenue and Forbes Avenue, as will the Schenley Drive extension between Forbes Avenue and Clemente Drive.

  • When: Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets: Eco-Discovery $5. Stage performance tickets range from $8/person for one-show package to $32/person for six-show package. Outdoor activities on the festival grounds are free. Information: 412-321-5520 or www.pghkids.org.
  • Parking: Recommended parking areas are the Soldiers and Sailors Hall parking garage, the lot at Carnegie Museum and metered parking on nearby streets.

PDF: See a printable map of the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival.

Four indoor venues:Edit


  • Expect to draw 24,000 visitors in 2008, about the same as in past years.
  • "Eco-Discovery" is a large, interactive installation that will be on the lawn of the Pitt Cathedral of Learning. It was created by Evelyn Roth, a Canadian artist now living in Australia. The piece consists of a series of fabric domes. The first is a re-creation of a healthy rain forest environment. The second is a rain forest destroyed by clear-cutting. In the third, children can restore and replant the rain forest, adding vines and creatures to the dome.

Some of the festival performances are designed for very small audiences, which was a problem on the North Side where only larger venues were available.

"The heart of the festival is the live performance," Lieberman says. The stage performances are "something you're not going to see anywhere else."

Among other performances, the festival will feature a world premiere from a local company -- Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre's "The Happy Prince," an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde children's story.

"American theater is often very different from international work," Lieberman says. "It will be interesting for audiences to go from seeing something from Korea to seeing something that was developed right here in Pittsburgh."

"A Moon Between Two Houses" by Mexico's Marionetas de la Esquina is about two neighbors who learn to get along despite their differences.

"The Frog Prince" by South Korea's Joyful Theatre is an adaptation of the classical Brothers Grimm story that combines live action, puppetry and video.

"Same Spirit, Different Movement" fuses modern and traditional dance, set to a turntable soundtrack. It's the creation of Illstyle & Peace Productions, a Philadelphia dance company.

Mimbre Acrobats, a trio of female acrobats hailing from Italy, Sweden and England, present "Sprung," a mix of physical skill and humor.

Israel's The Train Theatre performs an environmentally themed piece called "The Rain Bird," which combines origami and storytelling.

In "Blue Fear," Portuguese actor Jose Caldas performs a stage adaptation of the Charles Perrault story. Caldas plays all of the characters, with hardly any props. "Blue Fear" is something of a departure for the Festival, Lieberman says. "It's for the brave of heart only."

"Blue Fear" is recommended for older children, ages 9 and up.

"The Moon Between Two Houses," "The Frog Prince," "Sprung," "The Rain Bird" and "Blue Fear" are U.S. premieres.

Free outdoor attractions on the festival grounds, such as the Target KidStage, puppet shows, Citiparks' Roving Art Cart, petting zoo, face painting and other activities, are back.

Illstyle & Peace Productions will conduct a free dance workshop (ages 14 and older) on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Two Pittsburgh artists -- Kellee Van Aken and Cheryl Capezzuti -- will conduct a recycling workshop where children will learn how to make musical instruments out of recycled materials.

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