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Creative art and play in interactive ArtShops led by Canadian artists

TORONTO, April 7, 2004 — The popular ArtShops first introduced last year to the Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts return with six dynamic workshops. Led by Canadian artists, ArtShops provide children with a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of art disciplines. The festival is one of North America’s biggest and best festivals for young people that showcases the world’s finest theatre, music, dance and physical comedy performances. Sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the festival 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.
Chicago Blues guitarist Fruteland Jackson leads the Bluesberry Jam II workshop where he tells the story of the Blues through music, song and stories. Children experience a sample of a traditional ‘wayang’ performance, the Indonesian art form that combines the magic of shadows, traditional stories, music and dance before working with master artisan Susiawan in creating their own shadow puppet in Magic Shadows. For PrintWORX, Open Studio artist Astrid Ho teaches kids how to create their own printing stamp and a series of relief prints–with one added to the Milk Festival PrintWORX exhibition. Seasoned percussion professionals lead Mountain Rhythms Conga Café, a creative drum jam, giving basic instruction and drum history taking place on festival weekends only. In ‘Droids, ‘Bots and ‘Borgs, kids dig through an assortment of found objects, recycled parts and art materials to create their own 3-D android, robot or cyborg. Children learn how DJs spin and mix music with the latest in Hip Hop dance moves with DJ Serious and Benzo from Bag of Trix, as part of Beats & Breaks.

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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