Ordway presents the 2015 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

Insight News 5/28/15

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents the 15th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in 2015.

The family event – one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country – showcases diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries. The May 30 – 31 Family Weekend line-up features local, regional and international artists on indoor and outdoor stages in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park, Landmark Center, Landmark Plaza, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Lehr Theater.

This year’s headlining artists represent three continents, but their works circles the globe. New Orleans-based Lightwire Theater, Samite from Uganda, Italy’s Compagnia TPO, Scotland’s Visible Fictions and Antonio Zepeda from Mexico will perform on indoor stages. Tickets for their shows are $5.

The 2015 outdoor highlight is “A Second Life,” a high-energy “crossover” circus show performed by Belgium’s Cirq’ulation Locale. This thrilling spectacle is said to provide a rambunctious mix of juggling, trampoline acrobatics, improvised dance and humor.

Family Weekend also features free entertainment and hands-on activities in the parks. Performances celebrating the diversity of the region and representing cultural traditions from Vietnam, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, Laos, Ireland, Mexico, China, India – and new this year – Tibet and Venezuela.

The Xcel Story Time Garden blossoms during the Festival in an installation that will be located this year between the Ordway and RiverCentre. Artists, Mark Granlund and Angela Koebler, from St. Paul’s Parks and Recreation Department lead the design and creation of an intricate interactive plant and flower display built onsite in collaboration with Blooming St. Paul. In addition, Ordway-commissioned kite artist, Barbara Meyer, will create colorful banners to embellish the space. During Family Weekend, the Xcel Story Time Garden features Twin Cities storytellers and musicians who share folktales and songs from around the world.

“The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival has become a Minnesota tradition unlike any other,” said Scott Lindemann, vice president of operations and plant manager for the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery. “Nowhere can you find a more diverse celebration of culture that includes everything from arts and crafts to world-class performances by international artists that each year inspire and entertain more than 50,000 children and their families.”

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 15th birthday of this fantastic event. Art brings people together,” said Dayna Martinez, artistic director of world music, dance and international children’s festival programming at the Ordway. “This is really what it’s all about. We’re grateful to Flint Hills Resources for its support of the festival from the very beginning. Our special partnership gives people the best opportunity to experience world-class art from far-away to close-to-home.”

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