Calgary’s children have overtaken Olympic Plaza for the 22nd annual Calgary International Children’s Festival this week, filling their eyes and ears with the sights and sounds of multiculturalism.

The festival, which runs until May 24, features artists such as James Campbell — the only kids’ stand-up comedian — musicians like Aesop Bop! similar in style to STOMP, and performances in several different languages.

“(We came) to see Snow White in German,” said Margaret Holash, as she watched her young son Noah play with brightly coloured, connecting plastic straws.


“I love the performing arts,” said Carolyn Luhning, festival marketing and publicity manager. “And I think that the children should have the best of what the world has to offer.”

Luhning said that although the festival is marketed toward children, even parents get something out of it, and the shows are really “for people 2 to 102.”

Performances and activities run throughout the five days and tickets are $10.77. For more information, visit

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