2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics: Cultural Olympiad

Within the 600 event Cultural Olympiad, here are some events that look to be child friendly.

Water’s Edge: a family friendly festival of world-class contemporary music and hands-on activities

Talking Stick Festival: theatre, storytelling, music, dance, performance and visual arts are used to explore ancient stories

Cirque Eloize – Rain: combining acrobatic feats with physical poetry, Montreal’s Cirque Éloize brings the wonder of childhood to life

Arts Umbrella – Kinesphere (FREE event): 15 dancers and 15 musicians will create a vibrant new work

Tao – Japanese taiko drumming

Kinesphere – Arts Umbrella Dance Company joins Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach programme  Related article

Francois Houle – La valse d’Angele/ Because She Hoped, French Canadian Tales (FREE event): A combination of music and traditional French Canadian folk tales.

Spirit of Uganda: a dramatic dance, music and vocal performance.

Art Under Foot (756 Granville) (FREE event): Watch the production of four new tile mosaics by mosaic artists

CUE: Artists’ Videos (FREE event): A large LCD screen on the Robson Street facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery will display art videos of 80 international artists. (See also “A Modest Veil” – large floral banners – on the Georgia Street Facade.)

Spirt of Place (FREE event): 100 youth created works for this art exhibition which includes an opportunity for the participation of young visitors

In Situ (FREE event): watch aerial dancers move around the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Raven Stole the Sun (FREE Event): theatre music and comedy

Tea Party (FREE Event from 2 PM – 6 PM): a unique collection of tea related events in an art gallery

Sursaut Dance – At Nightfall: A shoemaker discovers a magical water forest

Balkan Beat Box: Electronic music, hip hop and Middle Eastern influences in a circus type atmosphere (8 PM start time – for older youth and their parents)

Ed Pien – Tracing Night: An interactive art exhibit where visitors walk through a maze of Inuit and Chinese imagery portrayed in drawing, video and sound.

Soir de Semaine: Yukon based folk fusion band that also plays funk and reggae type music.

Art Cirq: Inuit circus

Vectorial Elevation: 20 search lights create a light sculpture over English Bay

Sewing our Traditions – Dolls of Canada’s North (Free Event)

Other events that look promising include:

LunarFest: Lantern festival and procession

Made in Vancouver Festival on Mainland and Hamilton Streets. (Feb. 13 – 27: 100 percent non-VAnoc funded homegrown music, visual arts and other performances from noon to midnight.  See http://www.iheartvanart.com

Day passes to the Molsen Hockey House

Zip trek ride over Robson Square

The opening parade will take place on Cambie street on February 12th

Skating at Robson Square

Attend free concerts and performances at David Lam Park (Live City Yaletown)

Attend a Medal (Victory) Ceremony and hear a well known band starting at $22 dollars.

Related article:

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics:  The Family Games

Maps of art installations throughout the lower mainland that you can visit with your family.

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