During the month of April every year, an international festival for children’s theatre is held in Haifa, in Israel. This year the festival will take place for the eighteenth time, between April 21st and April 23rd. During three days the theatres and streets of Haifa will be filled with plays, dance, music and other performances. Several shows are for free, to make sure that everyone can enjoy the party.
There are obviously very many Israeli artists participating in the Haifa International Festival for Children’s Theatre, but there are also several performers from other countries. The goal with the festival is to show a young audience performances of high quality, from different cultures, in different genres, etc. The festival also gives young actors an opportunity to perform in front of an audience. Except for the plays, several other cultural activities will be arranged during the festival. For example, there will be a magic tent, called “The Wings of Imagination”, next to the main theatre in Haifa. In the tent children will be able to meet actors, writers, singers, etc, and talk to them about whatever they want.
Among the Israeli plays that will be shown during the Haifa International Festival for Children’s Theatre, a modern version of the Biblical “David and Goliath” and “Today’s Show” from Hollywood are especially worth to be mentioned. Canada is represented by a group called “Corpus”. They dress up as sheep and take the audience to a strange dimension of reality. “Funny Business” is a British performance, where the limits of laughter are investigated and stretched. This is just a small selection of all the fascinating plays that will be shown during the festival.
More information (in Hebrew) about the Haifa International Festival for Children’s Theatre can be found here.