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Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

Canada’s BAM

Even though the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival is turning 20 this year, it’s still young at heart. Running from April 25 through May 1, this year’s festival showcases creative and magical theatrical troupes from around the world, such as Jack-Five-Oh, whose show brings Newfoundland fairy tales to life, and Canada’s BAM (left), which features creative drumming on everyday objects.
And don’t miss the live-from-the-festival broadcast of WXPN’s “Kids Corner” with Kathy O’Connell on April 27 at 7 p.m., as well as performances by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on April 25 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. In the flurry of activity, take a minute to greet Brian Joyce, who is heading up the Festival one last time—his 13th—before he enters the ministry (see “Staff Q&A”).

  • BE A CHILD: The festival runs from April 25 through May 1 at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., and in the Iron Gate Theatre at 37th and Chestnut streets. Tickets are $12 for the first show and $6 for the same number of tickets purchased for each additional show. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets/info: 215-898-3900 or

Originally published on April 15, 2004