2017 Banff Centre Children’s Festival features De Temps Antan, Sheldon Casavant, and the Dancers of Damelahamid

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Banff Centre Children’s Festival | Saturday, May 20, 2017
General tickets on sale Wednesday, March 1 at 12 p.m.
Banff Centre Box Office: +1.800.413.8368 or +1.403.762.6301
banffcentre.ca 

BANFF, AB, February 27, 2017 – Journey into a world of art and imagination at Banff Centre Children's Festival on Saturday, May 20. With free or low-cost activities and live shows, Banff Centre Children’s Festival is a continent of imagination where children of all ages can explore some of Canada’s diverse cultures through dance, music, and more. Tickets are on sale Wednesday, March 1 at 12 p.m. at banffcentre.ca 

"The 2017 Banff Centre's Children's Festival returns for a fifth year showcasing a special blend of magic and inspiration with enough surprises and activities to put a smile on audiences of any age,” said Casey Prescott, Associate Director, Producing at Banff Centre. “Banff Centre looks forward to hosting our community and visitors from across Alberta this May long weekend."

Live shows include time-honoured melodies from Quebec-based trio De Temps Antan; sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions from magician Sheldon Casavant; and, a new dance work by the Dancers of Damelahamid, an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

Free activities at Banff Centre Children’s Festival include:

  • Storytelling
  • Creativity rooms
  • Circus school
  • Family dance
  • Many more! 

De Temps Antan
Music | 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. | Rolston Recital Hall | $7
Banff Centre Children’s Festival kicks off with time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, and a number of other instruments, De Temps Antan blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. Songs with a hint of contemporary – dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts – that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. The only thing missing is you! 

Dancers of the Damelahamid: In Abundance
Indigenous Dance | 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. | | Margaret Greenham Theatre | $7
Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the Dancers of Damelahamid invite family audiences to follow the salmon cycle. This new dance work conveys important cultural teachings on balance, community, and sustainability, teaching us that that when we take only what we need there is plenty for all, including the salmon needed to spawn for the next year’s cycle.

Sheldon Casavant: Exploring the Impossible
Magic | 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Margaret Greenham Theatre | $7
Sheldon Casavant shares his own story of discovering magic in an awe-inspiring performance filled with sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions. Sheldon rolls fast-paced magic, audience participation, and a brief history of the most famous magician of all time – Harry Houdini – into one exciting and theatrical magic show. Light hearted, highly interactive, and appropriate for all ages. 

Banff Centre Children’s Festival is proud to have Edmonton Community Foundation and TELUS as Festival Supporters. 

For more information about Banff Centre Children’s Festival, visit banffcentre.ca 

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca