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This Vancouver-based virtual international festival is reimagining family fun with entertainment for the whole family

From May 31 to June 13, you and your family can watch the 2021 Virtual Vancouver International Children’s Festival from the comfort of your home.
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Reimagine Fun with Bobs and LoLo!

True to this year’s theme of ‘Reimagine’, the 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival is reimagining what their annual event looks like.

The 44th annual family-friendly Festival will be streaming live from May 31st to June 13th to entertain children and parents alike. 

The online lineup includes world-class theatre, music, dance, storytelling, and arts activities made especially for kids and youth through a mix of live online and pre-recorded online performances.

Performing artists from as far reaching as India, Australia, Scotland, France, and the United States are scheduled to perform throughout the course of the two-week virtual festival.


Fred Penner. Photo: Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

The 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s list of featured performers includes: 

  • B.C. musical duo and five-time JUNO nominated singer-songwriters, Bobs & LoLo.
  • One of Canada’s best-loved children’s singers and four-time JUNO winner, Fred Penner. 
  • When the Colours Ran Away, an interactive digital arts film that uses live action and animation to tell the story about the shenanigans of a group of colours in an Emily Carr painting. 
  • A Piece of You, a private interactive concert experience for just your household, where Scottish artist Greg Sinclair takes your personal story and turns it into a song.

Furthermore, an exceptional lineup of first-time festival performers and local artists, such as comedian Ideas Bobert, will grace the Festival’s digital stages.

See childrensfestival.ca/calendar/featured-performers for the full line-up of scheduled performers.


When the Colours Ran Away. Photo: Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

In addition to the many incredible shows, the Festival is presenting a series of Online Arts Workshops. With six online arts activities to choose from, there are many ways to engage children’s imagination and enhance creative possibilities all while having fun together as a family.  

With pay-what-you-can pricing, the ability to watch from home with unlimited streaming access, and an extra 7 days of scheduled programming, attending the Festival is more affordable and accessible than ever. 

“We know parenting can be challenging on a good day and the pandemic has made life a lot more stressful. Because of this, the Festival is committed to supporting families with pay-what-you-can pricing,” states Katharine Carol, Artistic and Executive Director. 

Ticket-holders can watch the performances and workshops live online or view a recorded version at a more convenient time within the 2-week duration of the Festival. 

“Now more than ever, there is an incredible need to experience the joy of the arts,” continues Katharine Carol. “The Children’s Festival is an opportunity for parents and their children to forget their worries for a moment and focus on what’s important in life: to dance, to be silly and to connect with each other.”

For tickets to the 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival, visit childrensfestival.ca/tickets.