Flint Hills Family Festival announces mainstage shows, Cirque Mechanics and Sons of Mystro

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Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary in downtown Saint Paul, May 29–30

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota (February 25, 2020) – The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that this year’s Flint Hills Family Festival will feature indoor performances by Cirque Mechanics and Sons of Mystro. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival will welcome thousands of families to downtown Saint Paul for free and low-cost performances, art activities, and more on May 29–30.

Founded in 2004, Cirque Mechanics has established itself as a premiere American circus with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging. The Festival favorite is returning to the event for the third time with a new show: 42ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. In the show, Cirque Mechanics will bring the thrills, laughs and excitement of the circus to the Ordway with strongmen, acrobats, aerialists, and a galloping mechanical metal horse.

Sons of Mystro is a duo of young violinists made up of brothers Malcolm, 23, and Umoja, 20, who use their violins to creatively interpret various genres of music—from reggae classics and American pop songs—while accompanied by a DJ and drummer. Known as protégés of Black Violin, their work blends together multiple genres and styles to create modern and joyful music.`

“Both of these groups celebrate and push the boundaries of what traditional art forms mean—whether it’s a thrilling circus performance or a rockin’ violin show,” said Jamie Grant, president and CEO of the Ordway. “Audiences of all ages are going to love these pioneering, captivating performers.”

The largest family festival in the country, the Flint Hills Family Festival has attracted nearly one million visitors to downtown Saint Paul since its inception in 2001. The Festival is made possible by a 20-year partnership between the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Flint Hills Resources.

“This Festival touches so many lives each year and Flint Hills Resources is proud to help make that possible,” said Heather Rein, director of community affairs at the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Festival’s milestone 20th anniversary than presenting returning favorites like Cirque Mechanics alongside exciting new artists like Sons of Mystro.”

Tickets for shows range from $8 to $15 and can be purchased at ordway.org/festival or by calling the Ordway Ticket Office at 651.224.4222. In addition to public performances, the artists will also perform for thousands of students and educators during the Festival’s “School Week” programming, May 26–29. More than 300,000 students and teachers from Minnesota and Wisconsin have attended in the past 19 years.

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