Explore imaginations at this year's Family Winter Arts Festival

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This year’s Family Winter Arts Festival in Banff aims to bring the young and young-at-heart together to journey into a world of art and imagination with live shows and free and low-cost activities.

The Festival features performances including comedian/magician Wes Barker, singer/songwriter Norman Foote, and many more!

Jessica Green, with Media and Communications for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, said this year’s Family Winter Arts Festival will be a perfect way for families to enjoy the holiday while creating memorable experiences in arts and culture at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

“The provincial holiday marks a day off work, and The Family Winter Arts Festival is where the young and young-at-heart can journey into a world of art and imagination with free and low-cost activities and live performances by comedian/magician Wes Barker and singer/songwriter Norman Foote,” said Green.

There will be a one hour songwriting workshops with JUNO award winner Norman Foote for children aged 5-15 years.

“This should not be missed! With Norman’s guidance, kids will create and finish a song that may be featured in Norman’s 4pm performance in the Margaret Greenham Theatre. The workshop includes admission to the performance (one ticket per child). The workshops will be running at 9 a.m, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and advance pre-registration is required.”
She said the songwriting workshop is a great opportunity for kids to explore their imaginations and learn how to process those ideas to paper.

“It’ll be a fun and engaging workshop with Norman who’ll share the basics of songwriting – and hidden talents will no doubt be discovered along the way!”
The Festival has lots of free and low cost activities throughout the day, and something for all the family members to enjoy.

“There will be a Kids Collaborative Mountain Art Exhibition (masterpieces created by kids), Colour our Collections: Kid’s Craft (creative costume colouring activity), Parks Canada Presents: A Bear, Berry Good Day (see Banff National Park’s storybook brought to life with its author and illustrator – includes puppet show and fun bear facts) and Learn How to Draw Ursa the Grizzly Bear (a step-by-step tutorial by a children’s book illustrator), Drawn to Nature (art drawing classes for kids and teens), Me on the Map: Design Your Perfect Town! (hands-on creative activity) as well as Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival screenings featuring family-friendly films from the 2018 Festival, and a free afternoon public swim at Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.”

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