ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 19, 2017) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the 17th year of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in 2017! The world-class family event – one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country – takes place May 30-June 4. Talented artists from around the world descend upon the Ordway stages to perform works grounded in cultural traditions, awe-inspiring wonder and flights of pure fantasy.
- More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world. Performances will take place on the Flint Hills World Music Stage and the Xcel Energy World Dance Stage.
- Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner, which is inside the Ordway building this year.
- Also as part of the Story Time Corner, a musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician, Siama, and, new this year, Kid’s Yoga by 1,000 Petals Yoga Studio.
- The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people.
- Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities.
- Located inside the Ordway, “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands.
- An art exhibition, “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), will be in the Ordway lobbies.
- A lunch time dance party with local DJ’s spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby.
- Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons and more.
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