Friday, March 21, 2014

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Title Sponsor and Location Announced


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Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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MAY 14 ̶ 18, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, now celebrating its 28th year, will be held May 14̶ 18, 2014 in its new location: the Cultural District, downtown Pittsburgh.   The festival is programmed by Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

In addition to the Festival moving downtown, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to announce EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, as the new lead sponsor of the 2014 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited and proud to be presenting this year’s EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival in a new location ̶  the Cultural District.  Thirty years ago having this festival downtown would have been impossible,” commented J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO  ̶  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  “The Cultural District is also home to the Trust’s other free festivals that are presented each year, and adding the Children’s Festival to this list continues the Cultural Trust’s mission of bringing diverse, professional programming to the District for everyone to enjoy.  We are grateful for the generous support of the EQT Foundation.”

 “A priority of the EQT Foundation is supporting local initiatives designed to give the area’s youth more exposure to artistic programming, while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture and heritage throughout our region,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “EQT takes pride in supporting educational programs that focus on providing our area children with extraordinary and unique experiences, and the EQT Pittsburgh Children’s International Festival promises to do just that and more this year.”

This year’s EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival features ticketed performances by artistic companies from Canada, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States along with a variety of free events happening throughout the Cultural District.  Theater venues include the Byham Theater, Trust Arts Education Center, Bricolage Theater and August Wilson Center.  The new Festival grounds footprint couples the unique food options, galleries, pop-up green and outdoor spaces of the Cultural District with the familiar free hands-on activities, free roving performances, and free stages of the EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Special street closures, crossing and security guards, and signage will be in place during the Children’s Festival to help all visitors coming to the events.  Sensory-friendly events during this year’s festival include outdoor luminarium Miracoco (Architects of Air, United Kingdom) and all performances of Little Steps (Teater My, Denmark).

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with a new location for the 28th EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. As the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater continues to grow, we remain dedicated to engaging audiences with different cultures, perspectives, and mediums of expression. A move to the Cultural District brings with it distinct opportunities for children to experience live theater and express themselves through art,” comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Manager  ̶  Children’s Theater Programming and Executive Director  ̶  Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.

LilyPad Park, 8th Street at Penn Avenue, will feature a free outdoor community stage. The stage will be programmed with culturally diverse acts that are sure to engage young audiences.  Performances by local and regional artists will keep the stage active daily during Festival hours.  Roving artists, and over 30 free, hands-on educational and cultural activities will be part of the Festival’s free offerings.

Sensory-friendly events during this year’s festival include outdoor luminaries Miracoco (Architects of Air, United Kingdom) and all performances of Little Steps(Teater My, Denmark).

For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit
A limited number of prepaid parking vouchers for parking at Theater Square Parking Garage, entrance located on 7th Street, are available at a discounted price.  Call 412-456-6666 for more information.
The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  For more information, visit

Vendors will be selling a variety of foods on the Festival grounds  ̶  all sales are cash only.  Benches and grass seating areas are available throughout the Cultural District to enjoy food vending or packed lunches.

Seating is also available in LilyPad Park.

Featured ticketed performances: 1 show: $8 per person; 2 shows: $14 per person; 3 shows: $18 per person; and luminarium Miracoco: $5 per person.  Visit, or call (412) 456-6666. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930,
The Festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicapped accessible.  ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made at least 10 business days in advance.  For information and questions, please call (412) 456-6666.
For information about the Cultural District, visit


Photo Credit:  Shlomi Mizrahi
Nadine Animato Theater Dance Company (Israel)
A live-action soccer game transforms the theater into a stadium. Audiences will be chanting, laughing and cheering along to a game played without a ball. Soccer has never before been so funny and animated. Don’t miss this charming interpretation of the game of soccer. GO TEAM!
50 minutes
Best for ages 4+
Venue: August Wilson Center Theater, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14; Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 1:00pm
Saturday, May 17 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm & Sunday, May 18: 12:00pm, 3:00pm

Theatre Tout À Trac (Canada)
Born as a puppet and brought to life by a wish, the rebellious, cheeky and careless Pinocchio discovers the meaning of growing up through a thousand trials. Pinocchio is a show filled with heart, imagination, and lessons in bravery and honesty. Every detail of this favorite tale is artfully created. This full-scale production, based on the book by Italian author Carlo Collodi, is not to be missed!
65 minutes
Best for ages 5 ̶  10
Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 9:30am
Thursday, May 15: 1:00pm
Friday, May 16: 9:30am, 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17: 9:30am, 12:00pm
Sunday, May 18: 11:00am, 5:00pm

Animals/El Retablo (Spain)
El Retablo (Spain)
An array of animals come to life, made of recycled materials and everyday objects. Hats become snails. A mop becomes a thirsty sheep. A joyous, playful safari of the senses, Animals will inspire gales of laughter and moments of wonder.
45 minutes
Best for ages 3 ̶  8
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 11:00am
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 11:00am, 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17 & Sunday May 18: 11:00am, 5:00pm

Hands Up/Lejo (Netherlands)
Hands Up
Lejo (Netherlands)
A cast of thousands in Lejo’s hands! Perhaps you’ll encounter the pianist, the octopus or a full choir! World-famous, Lejo’s characters have all sorts of adventures, proving that less can be more!
40 minutes
Best for everyone ages 3  ̶  adult
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 9:30am, 1:00pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 9:30am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Miracoco/Architects of Air (UK)

Architects of Air (United Kingdom)
This colossal, inflatable structure uses natural light to create a world immersed in vibrant hues of color. Visitors experience a sense of wonder and tranquility while exploring its mesmerizing domes and tunnels. *This luminarium is sensory-friendly.
20 minutes
Best for ages all ages
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: 8th St. at Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Tales of Folklore and Fantasy
Temujin the Storyteller (USA)
Gathering the crowd with the sounds of an African talking drum, Temujin welcomes you to travel the world on a storytelling journey that will have you laughing and learning along the way. With roots in West Africa’s Yoruba culture, Temujin repertoire includes more than 200 tales  ̶   never told the same way twice! No time or place is too far for his stories to reach  ̶  the only thing he might need is a little help from you!
45 minutes
Best for ages 5+
Venue: August Wilson Center Theater, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, May 14: 9:30am
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16: 9:30am, 11:00am
Saturday, May 17: 10:00am
Sunday, May 18: 9:30am, 5:00pm

Little Steps/Teater My (Denmark)
Little Steps*
Teater My (Denmark)
Mommy and Daddy. Granny and Granddad.  A snail and a tree by the side of the road. Preschool filled with friends. A bicycle, a bedtime story. An umbrella and the hope for rain. Little Steps is the story of a small child in a big world. Wrapped in a universe full of memories, the audience is suspended in a cozy, safe space surrounded by beautiful stories and moments of recognition told through music, lighting, pictures, poetry, puppets, objects and sound.  *All Little Stepsperformances are sensory-friendly.
30 minutes
Best for ages 2–5
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15: 10:00am, 12:00pm
Friday, May 16; Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 3:45pm

Midnight Radio Jr. – Underwater Voyage
Bricolage Production Company (USA)
Midnight Radio Jr. is an unforgettable live comedy/variety show in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast   ̶  just for kids ages 6  ̶  12 and their grownups! You’ll be transported from the radio studio to a magical undersea world complete with mermaids, sunken ships, dragon kings, and lantern fish. Through storytelling, music, comedy and live sound effects, Bricolage brings to life kooky tales and imaginary worlds. During the show there just might be some fake breaking news and commercial spoofs, too. Come early to enjoy fun sea-themed activities in the theater lobby. Or stay after to discover the art of sound effects.
45 minutes
Best for ages 5 to 12 (but all ages welcome)
Venue: Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, 1st Floor
Saturday, May 17, 5:00pm; Sunday, May 18, 1:00 pm

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival (celebrating its 28th year in 2014) is one of only four international children’s festivals in the nation.  The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series (2013  ̶  2014), now in its 44th season, introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.  For more information, visit:

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