12 Kids Euro Festival Events You Don’t Want To Miss | October 28–November 3

Your #KidsEUFest Weekly Round-Up

Kids Euro Festival returns for its tenth year with two weeks of fun activities for your whole family. With more than 90 unique performances, concerts, workshops and films, we’ve selected some events you don’t want to miss. All events are free, but most require a reservation.

This weekend: October 28 & 29:

1. Arts & Crafts Workshop | France
Alliance Française | 10/28, 10:00AM — 12:00PM

This workshop is meant to familiarize children with the avant-garde ballets in Paris as a work of collaboration between musicians, writers and painters. In 1917, to be part of the series of “Les ballets russes” of Sergei Diaghilev, Cocteau wrote “Parade.” Satie composed the music and Picasso created the decor and costumes. Children will recreate a mini “Parade” ballet using paper, cardboard and paint. Reserve your spot now.


2. Storytelling, Irish Style! | Ireland
Embassy of Ireland | 10/28, 10:00AM — 1:15PM

Listen to stories and songs of Irish Fairy Folk, including the quick-witted Leprechaun and the mischievous Pooka, with storyteller Helena Byrne. This storytelling and writing workshop is ideal for children ages 4 to 11. Two workshops are held at 10:00AM (reserve your spot now) and 12:00PM (reserve your spot now).


KEEN Day 2016 at La Maison Française at the French Embassy (full photo album here)

3. KEEN Day | France, Lithuania, Finland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia
La Maison Française | 10/28, 10:00AM — 3:00PM

Every year, Kids Euro Festival teams up with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) for a full day of performances, films, workshops, puppetry, and most importantly, fun! On this year’s agenda is a Lithuanian dance performance, a poetry workshop with the Embassy of Finland, and several short and feature films from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Portugal and more. This event is reserved exclusively for children with special needs and their families.


4. Forgotten Princesses | Lithuania
Publick Playhouse | 10/28, 2:00PM

This contemporary dance performance by Padi Dapi Fish of Lithuania is about the search of each child’s unique qualities and how to cherish them while creating valuable, respectful interactions with others. Transposing real-life situations into the imaginary world of princesses, dancers talk about the unique princess inherent in each of us. No reservations required. Seats are first come, first served.


5. Film Screenings | Belgium, Spain, Croatia, Germany and Luxembourg
 Various locations and times (click on links below for more information)

On Saturday, 10/28, catch two films that show us the unexpected impact animals have in our lives. The Embassy of Germany is screening Hördur — Between Worlds, a live-action film about a girl and her horse. The Embassy of Belgium will show Birds of Passage about the friendship of two young girls who raise a duckling. The Embassy of Spain is also screening animated and live-action short films. With Halloween right around the corner, watch the Croatian film, Koko and the Ghosts. Based on the young-adult novel series, 12-year-old Koko investigates the mysterious death of an old man. On Sunday, 10/29, Luxembourg’s Extraordinary Tales is another spooky film based on the tales written by Edgar Allan Poe.


6. Power of Poetry | Finland
 Mount Pleasant Library | 10/29, 2:00PM

We have programming for even your youngest children! This poetry workshop is perfect for children ages 2–4. Using puppets, author Pirjo Polar-Khan inspires children to read, write and make the world a better place.


Looking Ahead: Monday, October 30 — Friday, November 3

Daytime Activities:

7. I Will Hug You | Lithuania
 Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center | 10/30, 10:30AM

Catch the final performance of the Lithuanian contemporary dance group in I Will Hug You. Across cultures, the hug is understood as a sign of openness and sincere acceptance. This performance tells the story of an older brother who’s trying to teach his younger sister to play with her small and motionless arms and — most importantly — to hug. With the help of their parents, she is able to do so many things: to clap, to play, to draw and to hug. This event is for school groups, with a limited number of seats open to the general public. Reserve your spot now.


8. D.C. Public Library Events | Finland, France and the Netherlands
 Various locations and times (click on links below for more information)

On Monday, 10/30, the Embassy of Finland is hosting another poetry workshop with author Pirjo Polari-Khan at Shepherd Park Library. Pirjo and her puppets take children to a time with no media, when people could not read or write, and knowledge and stories were passed on orally. Wednesday, 11/1, the Embassy of France is putting on a storytelling event for children ages 3-5 at the Deanwood Library. This special story time includes songs and stories about French culture to promote language and listening skills while learning about the world around them. Friday, 11/3, children will discover the secrets of being a writer by searching for inspiration in their own lives. Meet children and young adult Dutch author, Anna Woltz, for a reading of her prize-winning novel, Aips (Plaster Cast).


9. Power of Poetry | Finland
 Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital | 10/31 at 10:30AM

This is your last chance to attend the Embassy of Finland’s Power of Poetry event! Designed for children ages 2–4, Finnish author Pirjo Polari-Khan shows children that poetry powers good citizens of the world with puppets and storytelling. Children will learn to love reading, writing and making the world a better place from a young age. Reserve your spot now.


Courtesy of Lenka Lichtenberg

10. Children’s Songs of the Czech Republic | Czech Republic
 Sitar Arts Center |11/2, 4:00PM

Take your child to a performance of accomplished Czech-Canadian singer Lenka Lichtenberg. Children will learn folk songs from the land of castles and adventure — the Czech Republic. Lenka’s fun performances include puppetry and the guitar. She received the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Traditional Singer of the Year. Reserve your spot now.


11. Guji Guji | Sweden
 Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center | 11/3, 10:30AM

What happens when a crocodile is raised by ducks? Find out in the Swedish theater group Boulevardteatern’s performance of Guji Guji, adapted from the book by Chih Yuan Chen. Through dancing and miming, this performance explores differences and similarities, love, friendship and thinking for yourself. Reserve your spot now.


Evening Activities:

12. The Golden Horse Film Screening | Latvia
 Embassy of Latvia | 11/3, 6:30PM

The Embassy of Latvia is screening the animated feature film The Golden Horse, a magical fairy tale for the whole family. The old Black Witch entraps the Princess in a glass coffin. But her powerful nemesis, old White Wizard, intervenes with an obstacle. He creates an impossibly tall and steep ice mountain with a chapel on its peak, where the Princess will sleep for seven years and seven days. The Golden Horse is about the epic adventure to rescue to the Princess. Reserve your spot now.


Now in its 10th year, Kids Euro Festival brings 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. For more information, visit kidseurofestival.org or follow the Kids Euro Festival page on Facebook.