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Festival site animated with creative activities, drumming spectacles, visual arts and more

TORONTO, April 7, 2004 — Plenty of creative interactive fun activities await families at this year’s 23rd annual Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts, all included in the price of admission. The festival, one of North America’s biggest and best festivals for young people, showcases the world’s finest theatre, music, dance and physical comedy performances. A fun-filled site with lots of great activities, including Dairy Farmers of Canada Art Alley, rounds out the festival experience for families and school groups. The festival, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada, takes place from Sunday to Sunday, May 23 to 30. For tickets and information, call Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000 or visit; teachers can call 416-973-4000, option 5.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Art Alley
Children unleash their creative juices by participating in a variety of multi-media explorations with hands-on activities, take-home crafts and interactive collaborative projects.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Great Canadian Milkshake
In an intimate, “unplugged” environment, festival-goers encounter a roster of intriguing artists, buskers, performers and authors.

Natrel “Oh” Zone
Carnival style excitement is rampant in the Natrel “Oh” Zone with creative crafts, active games and DJs.

LEGO® Creative Play Area
A fun interactive zone where kids use their imagination to build robots, creatures and more!

Gimme a beat!
A celebration of global rhythm with a different drumming spectacle each day. Gimme a beat! features Japanese Taiko drumming by Yakudo, the Latin American beat of Cassava Latin Rhythms, the Afro-electric beat of I-drum, the steel drum sensations of Jesse Ketchum Pan Vibrations, the dynamic dragon dance of the Maple Dragon Kung Fu Club, aboriginal sounds of the Eagleheart Singers, the Brazilian beat of Escola de Samba and the sound and beauty of the ribbon dance performed by the Jeng Yi Ensemble.

Games on the Grass
Children get their bodies moving in this action area featuring parachute games, obstacle relays and more.

The Craft Studio
Guided tours and demonstrations by The Craft Studio residents take place from May 24 to 28 (advance registration is required).

Visual Arts
During the festival, stroll through the many visual art exhibitions. Go back in time in the photo exhibition Within and Beyond the Wall, photographs from Berlin in York Quay Gallery. Case Studies presents an exhibition that imagines, designs and proposes living environments for robots in Robot Landscapes. In The Photo Passage, visitors get up close to STEELTOWN in an exhibition of images of the steel industry. Studio Works presents Persistence in Nature, featuring the ceramic world of Ying-Yueh Chuang whose work is a hybrid of plant life and marine creatures. Uncommon Objects features eight craft artists who explore the links between technology and creative production in Tekhne. Canada Quay showcases artist Michelle Gay’s computer savvy musing about the techno world.

Puppetmongers’ Puppetry Exhibit
Puppetmongers celebrate 30 years of excellence in puppetry with a visual feast of props, sets, photos and most of all puppets from Toronto’s very own masters of the marionette.

Kids’CBC the X
From May 25 to 29, join the popular ‘X’ hosts Anthony and Sally for freestylin’ rhymes.

Kids’CBC Clubhouse
Groove to the beat at the Shimmy Shack, a hip dance studio, fish for prizes in the water-play area, and take part in cool activities.

Kids’CBC Shimmy Shack Party
On May 23, 24 and 30, join Kids’ CBC host Patty and special guests for a Shimmy Shack Dance Party or take part in the Shimmy Shack Sing-a-Long.

Festival Weekend Passes
Sunday and Victoria Day Monday, May 23 & 24
& Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30
Milky Way Pass (activities two shows) $15.50
Moola Lah Pass (activities one show) $12.50
Festival Fun Pass (activities only) $9
ArtShops priced as performance.

Tickets to school week performances
Tuesday to Friday, May 25 to 28
One show activities $9
A second show or ArtShop on the same day is only $6 per person more.

The Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts takes place in and around York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The festival’s weekday (Tuesday to Friday, May 25 to 28) operating hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and its hours on the two weekends (Sunday and Victoria Day Monday, May 23 & 24; and Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30) are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada and generously supported by Natrel Inc., the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, CIBC, LEGO®, Good Humor Breyers, evian and the Westin Harbour Castle.


Festival Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
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