2019 Impact Report
42nd Annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 27 – June 2, 2019 Mission The Vancouver International Children’s Festival inspires and motivates young minds with professional artistic experiences that transform a child’s understanding of the world around them and what is creatively possible. By delivering new and diverse world-class live performances, we open a world of creative possibilities. A world in which future generations build on the passion for art and performance we share with them today. The longest running professional performing arts festival for young audiences, and the first of its kind in North America & Europe, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents the world’s finest music, theatre, dance, puppetry, acrobatics and storytelling, as well as creative arts activities for the entire family. Families come to Granville Island from near and far to experience this extraordinary annual arts festival created specifically for children and families. The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society is a registered non-profit charity: CRA #118833532RR0001. The Festival respectfully acknowledges that it operates on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Report from Katharine Carol, Artistic & Executive Director The 42nd Vancouver International Childrenâ€™s Festival (VICF) was brought to life by world renowned performers, emerging artists, an inaugural theatre co-production, ongoing co-productions and a resurrected music series through the Kevin Mooney Fire Hall concerts. The calibre of art created and presented for our young audience and all the adults who joined them was outstanding! 2019 resulted in a thriving Festival with year-round programming. Like many endeavours, what makes the Festival successful are the people who work to build and move the VICF forward. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Board of Directors, staff, production & technical crew, performers, and volunteers who commit their time and energy to the production and presentation of work for young audiences. As an arts charity, the Festival is dependent upon the generous funding from a variety of people and organizations. My heartfelt thanks go out to all our donors, sponsors and Government funders who keep the Festival relevant and recognize its importance within the Vancouver Arts scene. Without all of you, we would not be able to produce this exciting arts festival for children â€“ thank you for all you do to support the VICF! I look forward to welcoming you to our 43rd Festival in 2020 with new and exciting artistic opportunities! Sincerely,
Katharine Carol Artistic & Executive Director
Programming Highlights You helped us bring new and diverse stories to 23,535 children, teachers and families! The Festival presented 14 contemporary performances in circus, dance, storytelling, theatre and music at the 2019 Festival.
You committed to creating a Festival with unique shows and perspectives that brought us closer together.
Parents are a Drag
“To see queer culture represented and celebrated at the children’s festival was a pretty powerful thing for my kids and I. Thank you children’s fest, you did good!” Myriam Dumont
Zee Zee Theatre (British Columbia)
You built a community that values shared experiences.
Your support helped bring International Artists to the Festival
Immigrant Lessons - 101 British Columbia (with roots in Tanzania, Jamaica, Philippines, Korea, Dubai, Ghana, and the United States)
“The diversity of programming is wonderful. Also, seeing young people perform for kids in Immigrant Lessons 101 was inspirational.” 2019 Festival Attendee
Is this a Dagger? The Story of MacBeth
Andy Cannon and Red Bridge Arts (Scotland) “Is this a Dagger? was absolutely amazing! We stuck around after for a Q&A and learned a bunch more about Scottish history. It was fabulous.” BC Educator and Festival attendee
You brought important issues to the stage
Iron Peggy A VICF Commission, co-produced with Boca del Lupo in association with Red Diva Projects (British Columbia). Written by Marie Clements. In addition to bullying, Clements deals in death, the realities of war, identity, and pushes the theatrefor-young-audiences envelope with racial slurs and foul language. Some of it may be uncomfortable, but it is ultimately refreshing to see a show targeted at young audiences truly reflective of the world they (we) live in today.” Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. Ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au cœur de nos vies et dans l’ensemble du Canada.
Relaxed Performance You came together to bring a Relaxed Performance to 116 audience members who benefit from a more relaxed performance experience, including children on the autism spectrum!
The Polar Bears Go Up! The Polar Bears (Scotland)
Arts Education You helped 8,000 school children experience live performance at the Festival. With arts funding in schools continuing to decline, now more than ever experiences like the Children’s Festival play a pivotal role in the arts education of BC children. For most, a visit to the Festival is their first experience at a live performance. Iron Peggy A VICF Commission, co-produced with Boca del Lupo in association with Red Diva Projects (British Columbia). Written by Marie Clements.
“My favourite part in Iron Peggy was when Peggy read the letter from her Grandmother. It reminded me of my own Grandmother and it made me cry. We all enjoyed the play so much and the opportunity to see this wonderful play!” M. Student, Queen Alexandra
French Programming The Children’s Festival is committed to providing French Programming to the BC French Community and the 60,000 (and growing) French immersion and Francophone students in BC. You brought French students to the Festival to experience French language and culture outside of the classroom.
Élage Diouf - Melokáane (Sénégal/Québec)
Élage Diouf - Melokáane (Sénégal/Québec)
Le village de Jacky Jacky Essombe and friends (Cameroon/BC)
David Bouchard : Métis des histoires, des flûtes, et plus… (British Columbia)
Youth for Youth For over 8 years, the Festivalâ€™s Youth for Youth program has been providing outstanding mentorship to emerging artists and young people ages 15â€“24. The program develops the artistic skills of young artists and gives them the opportunity to showcase their work at the Festival.
Youth for Youth: Raise Your V.O.I.C.E. Your support allowed 19 emerging artists to shine and grow.
You connected emerging artists with young audiences in powerful ways. “One of a Kind was so incredibly moving! The stories shared on stage were so close to home for the kids watching- a few had been in and out of foster care as well as for many English wasn’t their first language and to see that representation…it was incredibly emotional and I know resonated with the kids in a way I could never know. Many of the kids I was with were Farsi speakers and I think one of the performers spoke Farsi and I remember looking at the kids and they were ecstatic. I really want those performers to know their stories were very important for those kids to hear.” Anna Ward, Educator.
Youth for Youth: One of a Kind 2019 cast
Building a Community The support of donors helps us enrich the lives of children and ensure the Festival remains affordable and accessible to everyone through our community programs such as:
Hospital Outreach The Hospital Outreach Program brings the Festival experience to children receiving treatment and hospice care at child-centre healthcare facilities. Children unable to leave their facilities can experience the Festival and benefit from the healing power of music and laughter.
Fred Penner at Canuck Place
“From the bottom of my heart – thank you to you and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival for keeping Canuck Place on your list of places to visit each year. It means so much to us and to every child and adult who has the opportunity to attend.” Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Staff Member
You shared the magic of the Festival with 107 hospitalized children.
Good Neighbours For too many families, a day at the Children’s Festival is just not possible. Each year through the Good Neighbours Program, the Festival distributes performance tickets at no cost to low income families across Metro Vancouver.
You gave a day of learning and inspiration to 142 low-income families that otherwise would be unable to attend the Festival.
Adopt a Class This program provides a day filled with laughter, awe and learning for elementary school children attending inner city schools across Metro Vancouver.
With your help 1,578 innercity school children came to the Festival this year. “My family had the immense pleasure of attending the Vancouver Children’s Festival last Sunday. Many thanks for giving us the tickets. We loved everywhere we went. My kids had a lot of fun and came home with great memories. Thank you for all of it!” Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre Student and 2019 Good Neighbours Recipient
Élage Diouf - Melokáane (Sénégal/Québec)
“Thank you for funding the wonderful day to the children’s festival. Many of my children would never have the opportunity to attend an event like this. The kids loved every aspect of the day from the bus ride, to the adventure park, to the show right down to the special snacks their parents packed for their lunches.” Greg Canning, Educator
Volunteers The Festival relies on a large team of volunteers. Thank you for donating your time, energy and enthusiasm to help us deliver a successful event! 754 volunteers dedicated over 9,500 hours to make the Festival come to life. â€œI loved volunteering at the Creature Creations Tent. It was really fun and I loved seeing all the kids proudly show off their creatures. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet countless people, make new friends, and enhance and learn many new skills. Overall, I genuinely enjoyed the entire festival and would love to do it again next year!â€? S. Boparai, Festival VolunteerÂ
Special Events The Festival is involved with many special events throughout the year. Itâ€™s an opportunity to provide the Festivalâ€™s intelligent, thoughtful and quality programming all year long.
Kevin Mooney Fire Hall Concert Series
Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14 & May 11, 2019
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting November 30, 2018
LunarFest Year of the Pig
February 9 & 10, 2019
Sharing Dance Day May 31, 2019
Numerically Speaking 105 Shows & Events
5 International Artists
9 National Artists
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch
Axis Theatre Company (British Columbia)
Contract staff members
Year-round staff members
Installations / Arts Activities
Fred Penner (Manitoba)
2019 Financials Revenue Private
33% Artistic Outreach & Production
Thank you to our donors and supporters You did this for us! All the financial support the VICF receives allows us to create this rich annual arts experience for our young audience and the adults you came with them. We could not do it without you. Thank you so much! Pots of Gold
Amacon Foundation Chris Spencer Foundation John Hardy Mitchell Foundation Mirhady Family Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation The Estate of John Robert (JR) Seifred The Estate of Lynne Harrison Timothy C Kerr Family Foundation
Andrew Mahon Foundation Columbia Academy Inc Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation IBI/HB Architects Lohn Foundation Teresa Sutherland Steller Recruitment The Christopher Foundation The Hamber Foundation The Lutsky Family Foundation Vancouver Kidsbooks Walmart
Barbara Creighton Eric Wong Gerald Murenbeeld Katharine Carol Louise DeGagne MAKE Shana Alexander Barbara & John Creighton, in Honour of Sarah Ralston In Honour of DeCotiis Family Andreina Hin Wong Andrew Senay Bonnie Caulfield Braden Lauer Bryan Wong Christina (Ling Mei) Tang Claire Haaf Clayton Baraniuk and Jason Dubois Debbie Chan Heather Gurr Jeffrey Nairn Jordan Beach Karen Basran Kristina Gamboa
Megan MacLean Nicole Yeasting Paromita (Mita) Naidu Rachelle Weir Raymond Zeng Rubina Hope for Kids Saleema Dhalla Shota Inoda Suzanne Finlayson Tracy Ouchi W. Brittain Ana Marija Stefanovska, in Honour of Olga In Memory of Jordana Corenblum Jeanie Ow, in Honour of Rowan and Cole Ow Graham Soren Hey, in celebration of his birthday and to help put a smile on another child’s face
Arts Umbrella Canadian Parents for French I.S.S. of BC Nature’s Path The Muffin Granny
Artistic & Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katharine Carol Associate Artistic & Executive Director (Mentee) . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Deveau Development Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marika Kovalcikova Communications & Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joanne Da Silva Operations Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leanne Zacharias Audience Services Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirsten Mellin Education & Volunteer Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophie Mines Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Kerr (DK) Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeremy Baxter School & Information Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melanie Hiepler Bookkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ewa Borkowska Education & Volunteer Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lise Beerten A huge shout out to our fantastic crew! Many thanks to our awesome interns and volunteers!
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Board of Directors
Nicole Yeasting, Chair Jeffrey Nairn , Vice-Chair Christina (Ling Mei) Tang, Treasurer Karen Basran, Secretary Shana Alexander Braden Lauer Debbie Chan Louise DeGagne Paromita (Mita) Naidu Saleema Dhalla Eric Wong
Thank you to our sponsors Festival Partners
Vancouver School Board
Media Sponsors Premier sponsor
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
To learn more about what you have helped us to accomplish, contact Development Manager Marika Kovalcikova email@example.com | 604-708-5655 Vancouver International Childrenâ€™s Festival 1360 East 3rd Ave. Vancouver, BC V5N 5R8 Canada
2019 Annual report for the Vancouver International Children's Festival