Surrey International Children's Festival - May 24 & 25, 2018

Last updated on
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Program Description

As the only arts-based festival for kids south of the Fraser River, the Surrey International Children's Festival produces a vibrant, quality arts and cultural experience that connects children and families to the community and celebrates diversity, creativity, culture, heritage, and pride. The 14th annual festival features body percussion and beatboxing, extreme parkour style dance, captivating circus and physical theatre performances from across Canada and around the world for pre-K to grade 7 audiences. 

Big Ideas
  • Designs grow out of natural curiosity.
  • Skills can be developed through play.
  • Technologies are tools that extend human capabilities.
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action.
  • Engagement in the arts creates opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play.
  • Exploring works of art exposes us to diverse values, knowledge, and perspectives.
  • Experiencing art is a means to develop empathy for others’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas.
  • Experiencing art challenges our point of view and expands our understanding of others.
  • Through art making, one’s sense of identity and community continually evolves.
  • Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Communicating in French fosters a sense of belonging to the Francophone community.
  • Our ability to communicate in a new language improves as we take risks in that language.
  • Awareness of other cultures helps us discover our own culture and build our own identity.
  • Making connections between personal experiences and the experiences of others can help us to better understand and respond to a message.
  • The structure and textual cues, as well as the words, all help to convey the message.
  • Interactions with other people reveal their varied perspectives and thus expose human diversity.
  • Asking questions allows us to connect ideas and develop our ability to think critically.
  • Discovering other cultures encourages us to examine our own mores and values.
  • Considering the feelings evoked by a message and its unspoken elements allows us to construct the meaning of a message.
  • Expressing our thoughts enables us to situate ourselves in relation to our own and others’ cultures.
  • Our communities are diverse and made of individuals who have a lot in common.
  • Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
  • Canada is made up of many diverse regions and communities.
  • Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.
  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
  • Learning about Francophone communities helps us develop cultural awareness.
  • Listening and viewing with intent helps us understand a message.
  • Reciprocal communication is possible in French using simple, high-frequency words and patterns.
  • Deepening our knowledge of Francophone communities helps us develop cultural awareness.
  • Reciprocal interactions are possible even with limited French.
  • Stories allow us to understand ideas in a meaningful way.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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    See notes. minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
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    Fee Details
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    Prices include GST and fees.

    School and Group Pricing $8 per person. Includes one show and a free Arts Activity Wristband (valid all 3 days of the Festival!).

    Under 3 years $6. One show ticket and a free Arts Activity Wristband.

    Arts Activity Wristband $5. Explore over 20 inspiring art activities. Valid all three days of the Festival!

    Site entrance is FREE. Explore a select number of art activities in Bear Creek Park.

    Additional Notes

    12 ticketed performance times to choose from on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25. Performances range from 40 to 55 minutes in English, French, and Punjabi