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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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: 11:30AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Discipline: Puppet Theatre
Grades: K- 6th
Ticket capacity 150
Supplementary Materials: Video

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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:

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My True Selves
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Sweden

My 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 @ 10:00AM;
10/29/19 @ 10:00AM;
10/29/19 @ 12:00PM
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:

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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:

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Zeus the Mighty
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Greece

Welcome to Mount Olympus, a pet supply and rescue center that sits high on a hill in Athens, Georgia. By day, the overconfident hamster Zeus, wise cat Athena, and other rescued pets are under the watchful eye of their caretaker, Artie, who's obsessed with Greek mythology. Inspired by her favorite podcast, Greeking Out, the animals believe themselves to be the actual megastars of mythology! And you won't believe the wacky adventures that leads them to take. Join us to learn all about the fascinating Quest for the Golden Fleas, meet the people behind the fascinating new podcast & book and see close-by genuine replicas of ancient Greek artifacts! This workshop will be led by staff from the National Geographic.
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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Anka (Film Screening)
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Croatia

Anka is the story of an orphan girl who is adopted by a wealthy cousin. Shortly after Anka’s arrival, the cousin shows her true colours, making the girl run back to the orphanage. The path takes her to a brickyard deep in the forest. The harsh-faced, but big-hearted brickyard workers provide Anka with a temporary home. There, she discovers a wondrous fairy-tale world full of forest creatures only imaginative children can see.
Date: 11/1/19
Time: 10:30AM
Length of Event:  1 hour
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 
Content Area: Croatia, Culture, Film
Grades: 3rd-6th
Ticket capacity: 150
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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:

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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:

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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
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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:

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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:

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Der Besuch / The Visitor
Presented by: Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Germany

We look at the picture book DER BESUCH made of cardboard, where shy Elise meets Emil, a curious little boy who brings color into her life. How did the book come about? How long does it take, who's working on it? Antje Damm, born 1965 in Wiesbaden, studied architecture in Darmstadt and Florence and worked in Berlin and Nuremberg. Since her 4 daughters are in the world, she writes and illustrates children's books. She lives with her family, a cat and a turtle in an old half-timbered house near Giessen in Germany. DER BESUCH is among the 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Winners.
Date: 11/8/19
Time: 10:30AM
Length of Event:  1 hour
Location: Library of Congress, Young Readers Circle, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Content Area: Writing and illustrating
Grades: K-3rd
Ticket capacity: 30
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