Kids Euro Festival

 Now in its 12th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe's most talented children's entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, and cinema. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year.

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Popolvár
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Slovakia
Popolvar is a famous traditional story about a lazy man with dirty face and his transformation into “the bravest knight”. How can the black sheep of the family possibly become a hero, saving a princess from the wizard’s infinite power? Popolvar is a mysterious character – or perhaps not at all. Maybe he just doesn't believe in himself, and neither do others. This is an adventurous puppet production about the image you create about yourself and other people, reflecting the topics of self-esteem, pride and the warped mirrors through which we sometimes see ourselves.
Date: 10/25/2019
Time: TBD
Length of Event: TBD
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Discipline: Puppet Theatre
Grades: K- 6th
Ticket capacity 150

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To BE
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Denmark
To BE is a joyful and imaginative performance for the whole family about Human Rights. To BE precedes in a nonverbal, funny and inventive Object Theater universe, where moments of comic and serious situations intimately interact with the music and digital illustrations.
Date: 10/28/19
Time: 10AM and 12PM
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Location: Imagination Stage - Reeve Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave | Bethesda, MD 20814
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: K - 6th
Ticket capacity: 80 per date
Supplementary Materials: https://vimeo.com/232255675

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My True Selves
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of SwedenMy true selves is a critically acclaimed and interactive classroom play about identity, playing with the idea that we do not only have one core, but many. The play is the starting-point for an in-depth conversation about identity and norm-criticism. It has mainly been played in classrooms, with interaction with the audience intertwined in the play. The play provides unique opportunities for a genuine encounter and exchange between the audience and the actors, as a group experience as well as on an individual level. It is an ongoing vital platform for a series of highly rewarding encounters with numerous audiences of children and young adults, and has been staged abroad in cities such as Reims (France), Pskov, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Sulemania (Kurdistan, Iraq).
Date: 10/28/19 & 10/29/19
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Discipline: Theatre Performance / Workshop
Grades: K-6th
Ticket capacity: 50
Supplementary Materials: https://vimeo.com/133756785/80a5d4e636

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Daddy is a Hero
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of the Czech Republic
This is a humorous, immersive story about a family: love between parents, and a brother and sister who stick together even though they fight. Love helps them to overcome dragons, illnesses, and more. Performed live to music. After the 1 hour show, kids get to enjoy a closer look at the puppets.
Date: 10/29/19
Time: 10:00AM and 12:00PM
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Discipline: Puppet theatre
\\Grades: K - 3rd 
Ticket capacity 40 per date
Supplementary Materials: https://youtu.be/0QoDUrpaaLc

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Become an Archaeologist for a Day!
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of GreeceFor a fourth consecutive year, the Embassy of Greece gives the opportunity to turn our little friends into archaeologists for a day! Explore the magic of Ancient Greek Culture with the help of special Museum-kits designed at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and copies of ancient Greek artifacts.
Date: 11/1/19
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Location: European Union Delegation, 2175 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Discipline: Workshop
Grades: K - 6th
Ticket capacity 30

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The Ugly Duckling
Presented by:
Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Slovenia
Are we all the same? No, we are not! Andersen's classic story of the Ugly Duckling deals with themes of vulnerability, marginalization and abandonment of children going through growing pains, who are able find the persistence and courage to build themselves into good, responsible and fulfilled individuals. This journey is often fraught with disappointments and opposition, but eventually rewarded with self-knowledge and happiness; one day the ugly duckling will see its image in the mirror and discover the joy of being true to oneself.
Date: 11/1/2019
Time: 11 AM
Length of Event: 40 Minutes
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002
Discipline: Puppet theatre
Grades: K - 6th
Ticket capacity: 125
Supplementary Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci3k7nIv6r8

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Adama
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of France
When his brother runs away to join the army during WWI, a young African boy stows away on a ship and travels to Europe in an effort to locate him.
Date: 11/6/19
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location: La Maison Francais, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: 1st - 6th
Ticket capacity 250 per date
Supplementary Material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pifWuI_ebzU

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Leo Da Vinci, Mission Mona Lisa
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Italy
Leo Da Vinci is a young inventor who lives in Italy at the time of the Renaissance, with his friends Lorenzo and the beautiful Lisa, whom he secretly loves. But she is to be married by force to the son of an odious landowner if her father cannot pay off his debts. Determined to help the girl he loves, Leo takes her and Lorenzo on a search for a sunken treasure also coveted by pirates. *Please note that 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death and this screening will be listed as part of a number of initiatives commemorating his genius. We thought it would be nice to make even the younger audience familiar with such a defining figure for Italian culture.
Date: 11/6/19
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Discipline: Film
Grades: K - 6th
Ticket capacity: 120 per date
Supplementary Material: https://vimeo.com/258323311

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Summer with the Ghosts
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Austria
A film is being shot at Finsterstein castle, and the resident ghosts are sabotaging the shoot. Caroline, the Canadian director's 10-year-old daughter, and Jakob, a boy from the village, intermediate between the film crew and the ghosts. Their young friendship is almost ruined by a dastardly intrigue. A magical children's film about the troubles with the peaceful coexistence.
Date: 11/6/19, 11/7/19
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Discipline: Film
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Ticket capacity: 70 per date
Supplementary Material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2PxdN2PmpI&list=PL0PS8ICLBueKJ2zEFe3_xH3XBfBi6cEqx

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Masterclass with Ajoyo
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of France
Ajoyo is a Brooklyn based band playing songs that celebrate JOY and LIFE through West African dance rhythms. AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. More than music, it's a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together.
Date: 11/7/19
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event:1 hour
Location: La Maison Francaise - 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007
Discipline: Workshop
Grades: 2nd - 6th
Ticket capacity: 250 
Supplementary Material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2PxdN2PmpI&list=PL0PS8ICLBueKJ2zEFe3_xH3XBfBi6cEqx

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Previous Lotteries 

A Mother's Tear
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Bulgaria
A one-person story-telling show of sand art and shadow puppets, designed and performed live in front of audiences with the artist-puppeteer Julia Tasheva
Date: 10/31/18
Time: 10:00
Length of Event: 45 Minutes
Location: Sitar Center,1700 Kalorama Rd NW
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: Kindergarten
Ticket capacity 75 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

And Then…
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Sweden
And Then... is a dance and soft circus expressed performance in a polyphonic and imaginary world. Four characters meet to tell and present their story in different ways. Objects roll around, things move and perspectives change through dance, speech and song. Someone talks about dancing bees, another about dexterous opposites and ingeniousness.

And Then... is a suggestive puzzle, a playful treasure hunt and a riddle. Inspired by new research into neurodiversity this is a world where everything is equal in value: the animated room, body and sounds. What is it like to be in a world where we cannot discern any single experiences - where everything is of the same value?

Date and Time: 11/1/18 @ 10:00 AND 11/2/18 @ 1:00
Length of Event: 45 Minutes
Location: La Maison française (Embassy of France), 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington D.C. 20007
Discipline: Dance
Grades: K- 12th
Ticket capacity: Varies by date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)
Supplementary Materials: https://vimeo.com/137356319

Angelina, a contemporary Cinderella
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Italy
"If you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother what would be left of the Cinderella story? Quite a bit! - is the answer. You get a prince looking for a princess, a neglected girl, some juicy sibling rivalry and a wise philosopher. There’s also one thing that is mentioned in the fairy tale but made very explicit in the opera. Why is Cinderella able to overcome all the hardships in her path? It’s because of her kindness and decency — which we know from the opera’s full title, La Cenerentola, ossia La Bonta in Trionfo — that is, “ Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant.”
A fun and engaging mix of music and storytelling promoting tolerance, acceptance and respect."

Date: 10/26/2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Location: The Forum at the Shakespeare Theatre, 610 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004
Discipline: Performance (Opera + Storytelling)
Curriculum Connections: (Choose Between: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, Media/Film, History & Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Math, Science, Environment)
Grades: K-6th
Ticket capacity: 150 

Happiness is a Fox
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Lithuanian Embassy 
What makes you happy? This is the question asked by Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaite and author Evelina Daciute, the pair behind the book, The Fox on the Swing (https://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/books/the-fox-on-the-swing-hardcover).
In their story you meet Paul, who lives in a cosy treehouse in a big city with his family. Something unexpected happens when Paul befriends a wise, friendly fox on a walk home from the bakery. The fox gives Paul a space to think about what makes him happy and what friendship means – all in the pages of a bright and quirky storybook.
During the workshop the author and the illustrator open up the secrets of their book and talk about what makes them happy. 
Date: 11/2/2018
Time: 10:00AM and 1:00PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave NW
Discipline: Workshop - Writing
Curriculum Connections: (Choose Between: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, Media/Film, History & Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Math, Science, Environment)
Grades: K - 3rd 
Ticket capacity 20 per trip.

The Shamer's Daughter
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Denmark
The Shamer's daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother's supernatural ability. She can look straight into the soul of other people, making them feel ashamed of themselves. When the sole heir to the throne is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, Dina's mother is lured to Dunark under false pretenses to make him confess. Neglecting to use her ability for the wrong purposes, she is taken prisoner. It is now up to Dina to uncover the truth of the murders, but soon she finds herself whirled into a dangerous power struggle with her own life at risk. In a semi realistic medieval fantasy world with Dragons and Witchcraft, Dina and her family are thrown into the adventure of a lifetime in order to put the rightful heir to the Kingdom of Dunark on the Throne.

Date: 11/2/18
Time: 12:30
Length of Event: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Location: La Maison française (Embassy of France), 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington D.C. 20007
Discipline: Film
Grades: 6th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity 250 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)
Supplementary Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYxtppqYik

United in Music
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Latvia
Students and graduates with hearing impairments and hearing students from the Riga Rainis Evening School’s perform concerts, musicals, do activities based on music, do recitations to music, and include elements of drama and pantomime.
Together with their teachers, they create a new form of artistic expression where each musical phrase is followed synchronously by emotional recital to music in sign language, thus setting untraditional interpretations of pieces, performances with spoken and sign languages, although the real interaction takes place through rhythm, dance, movement, music, and jugglery.

Date: 10/26/2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Discipline: Performance (Choir)
Curriculum Connections: (Choose Between: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, Media/Film, History & Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Math, Science, Environment)
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 360
Supplementary Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlgitZqXdvI

Wolf
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Austria
Little Red Riding Hood is to blame … for everything; even though she had been warned … however, let’s start from the beginning. Once upon a time, there was a forest with many trees, countless flowers and even more paths to lose one’s way. There was the girl Little Red Riding Hood, her mother, her grandmother and the wolf. But not many people know that in the forest there also lived an ambitious crow, a know-it-all storyteller, a nearly blind mole and really nice musicians. And all of them were important for the course of the story and how, in the end, Little Red Riding Hood found to her grandma’s house.Date: 11/2/18
Time: 10:30
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location: Sitar Center, 1700 Kalorama Rd NW
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: 1st - 5th Grade
Ticket capacity 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

A Cat in Paris
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of France
Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion. The cat's two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures - and falls into the hands of Victor Costa, a blustery gangster planning the theft of a rare statue. Now cat and cat burglar must team up to save Zoe from the bumbling thieves, leading to a thrilling acrobatic finale on top of Notre Dame.

Date: 10/23/18
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour 10 minutes
Location: "La Maison française" Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington D.C. 20007
Discipline: Film
Curriculum Connections: Foreign Language, Media/Film
Grades: K-5th
Ticket capacity 160 
Supplementary Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2eZeuEcIy4 (Film Trailer)

Wow, the sea is made of plastic!
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of the Netherlands
"When Chloe and Gaia secretly steal a big and beautiful ball from their neighbour, their whole world changes. On a wild sea full of adverture they have to find out how that first so colorful ball could suddenly become so dry and colorless.
Their expedition brings the girls to many different places: from the Arctic to the tropical rainforest, from mister El P Bear to Dopper the dolphin. But time is running out; will they succeed in finding the answer to the question that brought them on this mission?"

Date: 10/24/18
Time: 9:15 AM and 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Oyster-Adams School (lower campus), 2801 Calvert St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History & Geography, Science, Environment
Grades: 1st-6th
Ticket capacity: 50 per show 
Supplementary Materials: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12-u9Dl2kH6uLIbLJbBZzAKUMTcAmP2_V/view (preview

Twosome
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Germany
In the beginning there is a circle and two friends. One plays trumpet, the other tombak. One needs lips and breath to play, the other hands and fingers. Together they move to the left, to the right and straight ahead. Sometimes it's not so easy to play together. And there are different ways to make music together: side by side, together, together and alone - two together. The musicians Johannes Stange (trumpet) and Joss Turnbull (tombak) developed the music for this instrumental theater, a composition and improvisation for trumpet, tombak, hands, feet and truck tarpaulin. Zweieinander is a mobile production that is also played in daycare and other facilities.Date: 10/29/2018
Time: 9:30 AM and 11:00 Am
Length of Event: 45 minutes
Location: Goethe Institut - 1990 K Street, NW Suite 03, Washington DC 20006
Discipline: Music
Curriculum Connections: History & Geography, Diversity
Grades: PreK-1st
Ticket capacity 40 per show 
Supplementary Materials: http://www.staatstheater-mainz.com/web/veranstaltungen/justmainz-17-18/zweieinander (preview)

 

Stories from the enchanted island
Presented by
: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Ireland
Storyteller Joe Brennan will bring you on a journey across the sea to the magic and wonder of Irelands rich heritage of stories. On this journey the children will meet the Fairy Folk of Ireland, enchanted swans, creatures who can leave the sea and a King with Horses Ears.

Date: 11/1/18
Time: 10:30
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: 3rd Grade
Ticket capacity 60 per date.

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