If you grew up in the Vancouver area in the 1980s, as I did, you probably attended the Vancouver International Children’s Festival once or twice. The annual event is a local institution, featuring a wide variety of performances and events for the young and young-at-heart. You can see a play, see a musician perform, watch a film in your pajamas, get your face painted, make some crafts, and a whole lot more. You get it, it’s a children’s festival.
Recently, I had the chance to connect with Katharine Carol, who’s the Artistic and Executive Director for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. She gave me a behind-the-scenes view of how the festival operates. I got the scoop on how the festival finds new performers, how the venue is set up, what you can expect when you visit, and what some of the highlights will be this year. We discussed how the ongoing teachers’ job action here in British Columbia has impacted the festival, which relies heavily on school groups. I even got a preview of what they’ve got in store for next year, since they’re already starting to think ahead.
If you’re curious about arts and culture, you’d like an insider’s view of how a large family event like the Vancouver International Children’s Festival runs, or you’re a local who wants to know more about this year’s festival, you’ll want to listen to my conversation with Katharine:
Next week on the Strocel.com podcast I’ll be sharing an interview with my friend Jen Arbo, who works with the Royal City Farmers’ Market in New Westminster, a Vancouver suburb. If you’re a farmers’ market fan, as I am, you’ll really enjoy hearing how a relatively new market has taken root and flourished in its community. Subscribe to the Strocel.com podcast in iTunes, and you won’t miss a minute!