And clowns, and puppets, and dancers and musicians from over 28 European nations.
It’s time once again for the eighth annual Kids Euro Festival—Oct. 24 to Nov. 8—described as a kind of local trip to Europe without the need for a passport.
It means some 125 free events at venues throughout the Washington, D.C., area, with public performances, school shows (at school or with partnering venues), films, library activities, artist workshops, performances for hospitalized children, a full day of activities for children with special needs and professional development opps for teachers.
“Kids Euro Festival continues to offer children and their families a unique opportunity to experience some of Europe’s best performers right here in Washington, D.C.,” said David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States. “As a joint cultural diplomacy initiative of the European Union embassies in the nation’s capital, it is also a wonderful celebration of European cultural diversity. It is my hope that every child and parent that participates in this festival will have a lasting fond memory of their European cultural experience.”
Susan Lehrman, vice-president of the European-American Cultural Foundation, said, “Culture is a powerful force for bringing together people, families and nations. As the organizer of Kids Euro Festival, the E-ACF knows that the arts are more than just entertainment—they are a way to share cultures, create understanding and unite people from around the world.”
Embassies participating in the festival are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany , Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.