Saint Paul, Minnesota (August 3, 2020) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced a Virtual Family Day on August 29th, as part of the Flint Hills Family Festival. The Virtual Family Day will feature free concerts and arts experiences at FlintHillsFestival.Ordway.org.
The free Virtual Family Day will include mini-concerts, sing-a-longs, magic tricks, art activities, and artist interviews. Featured artists creating custom content for the festival include Sons of Mystro, Dan and Claudia Zanes, Native Pride Arts, and Los Alegres Bailadores.
The day’s events also include the official announcement of the performers for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Flint Hills Family Festival, rescheduled to June 4–5, 2021, and a special message from Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter about the impact of the annual Festival on the community.
The free Virtual Family Day content will be posted at FlintHillsFestival.Ordway.org, beginning at 10:00am on August 29th, and will be accessible through Labor Day, September 7th. Families can sign up on FlintHillsFestival.Ordway.org to receive more information.
The Virtual Family Day will feature performances from:
Sons of Mystro — Protégés of Black Violin, brothers Malcolm and Umoja use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs, and their own creations accompanied by a DJ.
Dan and Claudia Zanes — Join Grammy Award-winning children’s performer Dan Zanes and Haitian-American music therapist/jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes for a joyful concert for the whole family.
Native Pride Arts — Native Pride's performances incorporate information about the dances, the regalia (dress), and the meaning and importance of the dances, utilizing traditional and contemporary music to engage audience members. Founder, CEO and Artistic Director Larry Yazzie of the Meskwaki Nation, has created a platform for Indigenous Performing Artists to share their talent with the world.
Los Alegres Bailadores — Enjoy a performance from Los Alegres Bailadores and learn a few steps along the way. Los Alegres Bailadores is a Mexican folkloric dance group that has delivered colorful and truly authentic performances throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota for more than 30 years.
“We have put together a spectacular entertainment line-up for families to enjoy together as a celebratory end to the summer. We are grateful to Flint Hills for supporting this partnership and ensuring we are able to deliver high quality content to families in their homes, in absence of a physical Festival presence this year,” said Dayna Martinez, Senior Programming Director at the Ordway.
“We’re proud of the work the Ordway has done to pull together a Virtual Family Day for the community, and continue the extraordinary work done over the past 20 years to make the annual Festival successful. Tune in to hear the 20th anniversary Festival line-up announcement!” added Heather Rein, Director of Community Affairs at Flint Hills Resources.
Made possible by a 20-year partnership between the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Flint Hills Resources, the Flint Hills Family Festival is celebrated each year with a week of school performances and a weekend of free and low-cost performances and art activities for families. The celebration of the 20th annual Flint Hills Family Festival, rescheduled due to COVID-19, will now take place June 4–5, 2021. The Festival’s “School Days” programming for teachers and students runs from June 1–4, 2021.