Richmond Children’s Arts Festival returns

Richmond’s Cultural Centre will be transformed into a creative space for the 12th annual Richmond Children’s Arts Festival on Feb. 17.

There will be hands-on activities, live performances on multiple stages and a performance of Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya, a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations village of Squa’lets.

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The lineup for the Sonic Garden Stage includes the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, a marimba performance and Hunger J and the Jets, a rock band fronted by a 12-year-old.

A yo-yo challenge will take place between sets.

“The Children’s Arts Festival is a special reminder of the power of children at play,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“By giving children an opportunity to interact with skilled artists and push their own artistic boundaries, we open the door to many life-long benefits.”

Author workshops and readings will take place on the Once Upon A Time stage including Kids Power Society who will read from their storybook.

Additional creativity classes will be led by artists to learn different types of art including: songwriting, stop-motion animation, theatre-based games and more during the festival.

General admission is $5 per person, which includes drop-in access to a range of creative activities.

Creativity classes are $15 and include general admission. Class list and registration can be found at

Families can join the festival at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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