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May 04, 2015

Annenberg hosts four days of family friendly performing arts

Dance, theater, music combine at International Children's Festival

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Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts takes pride in bringing the arts to young audiences and no program exemplifies this goal more so than their annual Philadelphia International Children's Festival. This year's edition includes six acts performing over three days, Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9. 

Pilobolus Dance Theater will take the stage with a combination of props, gymnastics and contemporary dance for two performances. Catherine Wheels Theatre Company will present six performances "Lifeboat," the true tale of two teenagers lost at sea after attempting to escape the perils of World War II. 

Violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain will play "Orchestra of Life," a collection of music paying tribute to Bob Marley. A drummer and pianist will join him as he involves the audience in his concert. Additionally, Playing By Air will put on six performances that are part circus, part comedy and part theater. 

Circo Comedia's Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté will also take the stage for one performance of their daredevil acrobatic tricks. Finally, the festival is rounded out by a showing of Spring Garden Pictures' "Watermelon Magic," which dives into plant life. 

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of the festival, ticket holders can access the Fun Zone, a selection of interactive activities and performances that will fill the outdoor plaza. DJs, face painting and crafts are on the Fun Zone lineup.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival

Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9
Showtimes vary | $10
Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
(215) 898-3900