Vancouver International Children’s Festival Wraps Up Its 39th Annual Event

June 15, 2016

Vancouver, BC (June 15, 2016) – The 2016 Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF), wrapped up its seven-day run on Granville Island on Sunday, June 5th. Total attendance was 25,879, a 25% increase over the previous year. Over 9,500 school children, or 330 school classes, attended the Festival.

The 39th annual Festival hosted 10-featured performing companies from as far reaching as Mexico, the Netherlands and the United States. Highlights included 2016 Juno Award Nominees Splash n’ Boots and performances specifically designed for babies and very young children such as Asoma, a baby show from Mexico and Pekka a delightful puppetry show from Québec. The wide variety of Festival performances were all very popular, with 68 out of 88 shows selling out.

The VICF continued it’s many community programs this year ensuring the festival remains accessible to all members of the community. For the tenth year running, the VICF brought the spirit of the Festival to kids at BC Children’s Hospital, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Sunny Hill Health Centre, with Splash’N Boots performing along side roving characters and face painters. In addition, the VICF’s Adopt-a-Class program allowed 60 inner-city school classes to make the trip to the Festival this year and more than 175 low-income families received tickets to attend the Festival thanks to the VICF’s Good Neighbours program. Some of these families were immigrants or recent refugees to Canada.

“Thank you very much for the chance to attend the International Children’s Festival.  It was a really nice opportunity for me and my family because we all had fun together.  We enjoyed the singing and dancing at the show. It is a great event for the entire family. We feel more involved in Canadian society because of your generosity,” said Samira, a recent immigrant and student with the Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre and a participant in the Festival’s Good Neighbours program.

Next year’s VICF is set to take place May 29 to June 4, 2017 on Granville Island.

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support: CMHC Granville Island, Port of Vancouver, Westminster Savings Credit Union, Amacon, Sun Life Financial, CN, SunRype, EVO Car Share, Knowledge First Financial, Lamar Transit Advertising, Tickets Tonight, Fortis BC, Encorp, RBC Foundation, Pattison Outdoor, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Vancouver Aquarium, me&lewis, Squamish Nation, Loungeworks, Vancouver Foundation, Vancouver School Board, Sandman Hotels, City TV – Breakfast Television, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier, BCLiving, 96.9 Jack Fm, Yelp, Omni, Radio-Canada, Fairchild Media Group, The Government of Canada, Province of BC through BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, and Canada Council for the Arts.

The first of its kind in North America, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival began as a theatre festival for young audiences presenting international performances. Today the Festival is multi-disciplinary presenting theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling and over the years has been an inspiration to major cities throughout Canada and abroad, where annual children’s festivals now take place. The Festival will be celebrating its 40th year in 2017!


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Media interview requests please contact:

Joanne Da Silva | Communications Manager
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
t: 604.708.5655