Join us on the Festival grounds before and after performances for a variety of fun and interactive activities. Roving entertainers, hands-on explorations and arts activities will let you unleash your creative side! Here are some of the 2016 activities confirmed so far:
Watch yourself be transformed before your very eyes, and become a work of art for a day! Always a hit at the Festival, these costumed face painters will amaze you with their fantastic make-up designs.
100 Watt Earth Stage
On the ‘100 Watt Earth Stage’, where children & youth can be both audience and artist, you are invited to participate in a World where theatre, music, poetry, visual arts and dance communicate young artists’ stories—stories that speak of their hopes, dreams & visions for the world they share. Come watch performances, take part in a workshop, and create visual art that becomes a part of the 100 Watt Earth Stage’s design. Check out the full schedule now!
Pre-schedule a time for your young artists to perform or to request a workshop by contacting Kristina Watt: firstname.lastname@example.org (100 Watt Productions, 100WATT.org) Photo: Steve Gerecke
Great-West Life OAG Art Tent
The Great-West Life OAG Art Tent is a mobile art studio that travels to festivals and community events throughout the warmer months. The tent provides a fun, friendly, and bilingual space for adults and kids of all ages to explore their creativity. Art tent activities are always free. (Thursday May 12 only)
(Saturday and Sunday, May 14 - 15 only)
Photo: Chris Parker
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Take a journey down the rabbit hole with Orbital Talent’s Mad Hatter Tea Party! Interact with vivid large strolling puppets, be wowed by a Stilt-walking Mad Hatter, be on your best behaviour for Queen of Hearts & grab a cup of tea with Alice. The Orbital Talent Ensemble includes puppets by Ottawa’s own Eccentric Adam and some of Ottawa’s most dynamic actors and variety artists. Photo: Andre Gagne
Long and McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo
Instead of goats, rabbits, sheep and hens, the Long and McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo includes horns, trumpets, drums, keyboards and guitars. With professional supervision aspiring musicians can play, play, play! Photo: Chris Parker
Diefenbunker Spy Camp
Do you have what it takes to be a Spy? Learn about important spy skills from the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum and work on a new spy identity with the help of costumes and spy gadget crafts! (Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12 only)
Big ARTS Education
Big ARTS Education has been bringing amazing music and art programs into Ottawa schools all year, and they're ready to teach you, too! They'll be offering group ukulele lessons throughout the day- drop by their booth to learn to strum, or to ask about the great ideas they could bring to your school. Uke can do it! (Wed, Fri and Sun May 11, 13 and 15))
TREAD ON IT!
Printing t-shirts with car parts--from automatic transmissions to tires. Using unwanted house paint, recycled t-shirts and car parts rescued from the junkyard, Jeff Mann brings TREAD ON IT! to town and provides an active hands on creative environment to explore block printing, stenciling and rolling with giant car part rolling pins. There's no sitting still for this activity. Remember to bring your own t-shirt!
Let kids burn off some energy and join the YMCA-YWCA in the Activity Zone for staff-led games and activities! Challenge new friends and have fun together in our relay race and pylon game, get stuck under a rainbow parachute, or create a new game using balls, hula hoops and skipping ropes! (Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15 only)
Ottawa School of Art
Dabble into various forms of visual art like painting and printing. With the help of professional artists, we will create prints of various monsters and fantastic creatures. We also plan on painting a community piece using paint, so make sure you’re ready; it might get a little wet!