Students 12 and under, as well as their families, are encouraged and invited to attend the First Annual Grande Prairie Children’s Festival.
It goes Thursday and Friday with performances and workshops at Teresa Sargent Hall, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Centre for Creative Arts, Muskoseepi Park and at the Royal Canadian Legion.
So far, the response from the community has been tremendous.
“We had about 11,000 tickets for a variety of sessions, and all the performers. Of those 11,000 tickets, we’ve sold over 10,000. So, we’re basically full,” explained Aum Nicol, organizer for the festival. “We’d love to have it as a yearly event.”
Nicol attended a similar event in St. Albert back in 2010, and knew it was something she wanted to bring to the Peace.
“One of our mandates is to be community builders,” she said. “It’s to showcase what is out there for kids in the realm of programs and assistance that kids need.”
Funding from the 2010 Arctic Winter Games Legacy Fund is making the festival possible.
Things get underway Thursday morning at 9:15. Provincially acclaimed performers Peter and Mary will be at the GP Live Theatre and Mr. Rayz will be at Teresa Sargent Hall.
“We have some performers already booked for next year, so we’re going to be starting the whole process over again,” Nicol said.