Arts & Culture

Get creative at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:26 PST, Tue February 11, 2020

Last Updated: 10:33 PDT, Tue March 17, 2020

The upcoming Richmond Children’s Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to let one’s imagination run wild.

Artists aged three to 12 are encouraged to do just that at the 12th annual celebration on Family Day—Monday, Feb. 17.

Presented by the City of Richmond and Lansdowne Centre, the day-long activities (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will see the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) transformed into a creative space. Children can channel their boundless energy and imagination into art, music, dance, writing and play. General admission is $5.

“The Children’s Arts Festival is a special reminder of the power of children at play,” say 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. We welcome children, parents and caregivers from across Metro Vancouver on Family Day to activate those curious minds.”

Creativity Classes offer artist-led, structured guidance for registered participants to learn the foundations of all types of artistic expression. Classes are $15 each and include general festival admission. A complete listing of available Creativity Classes can be found at

General festival admission can be purchased on site (cash only) on the day of the festival and includes drop-in access to the Imagination Stations and a range of fun creative activities. In addition, the Richmond Cultural Centre will be decked out with many hands-on activities, live performances on multiple stages and a complimentary performance of Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya, a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations village of Squa’lets.

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