WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years

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Toronto's first contemporary arts festival dedicated to early childhood returns for its third edition with a not-to-be-missed line-up from May 11 to 21, 2018.

Theatre Direct Canada launched The WeeFestival in 2014 connecting Canada with an international network of professional theatres creating for very young audiences, advocating the cultural rights of all children,  promoting "Arts from the Start". The biennial festival has since increased in scope and audience attendance. In the most recent edition, productions of Hup (Scotland) and Nest (Belgium) were recognized with Dora Award nominations.

The Festival brings productions from across the globe and around the corner that delight, stimulate, and inspire the youngest of theatregoers between the ages of 0 to 6 years. Performances in this international festival cross the disciplines of music, theatre, dance, installation/performance, puppetry, and aerial arts - all designed with the early developmental stages of childhood in mind and with events and activities for the whole family throughout the week!

2018 FESTIVAL LINEUP (in order of appearance)

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Femmes du Feu, Toronto, ON
May 11th - May 13th, 2018
Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St, Toronto
Aerial Arts/Dance/Circus for 0 - 3 years
Two little birds asleep in their nests high in a magical tree awake and discover each other and a wondrous world around them. An aerial arts and circus creation for young children performed in an intimate forest-like setting. 

Théâtre des petites âmes, Montréal, QC
May 12th - May 13th, 2018
Théâtre français de Toronto, Studio 21, 21 College St, Toronto
Puppetry/Theatre for 2.5 - 5 years
Three complete strangers have each received a special invitation from OGO! But where is OGO? They wait for the guest of honour to arrive, and soon friendship and play starts to blossom. French Language Programming Partner - Théâtre français de Toronto

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Presentation House Theatre & Oily Cart (U.K), Vancouver, BC
May 12th – May 16th, 2018
Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto
Theatre/Puppetry/Music for 2 years +
Chefs Bun and Bap take children on a "flour-fueled thrill ride" as they try to contain chaos they've created in the kitchen. This acclaimed production from Presentation House and Oily Cart Theatre uses puppetry, song, and the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven to inspire the children and adults alike.

Sisters, the Warm Embrace | Les choses berçantes
Théâtre des Confettis, Quebec
May 14th - May 17th, 2018
Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St, Toronto
Performed in English May 14 & 15, Performed in French May 16 & 17 - for 18 months - 5 years
A creation that warms the heart and soul of the young and not so young. From the leading Quebec based theatre director Veronique Coté, whose production of Waves, all that Glows Sees was a hit at the 2014 WeeFestival. French Language Programming Partner - Théâtre français de Toronto.

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Teatro dei Piccoli Principi, Italy
May 15th - May 17th, 2018
The Theatre Centre Mainstage, 1115 Queen St W, Toronto
Visual Arts/Music for 2 years +
A wondrous and mesmerizing experience where visual arts meets storytelling. Inspired by the paper cut outs of Matisse, Picasso, and Hans Christian Andersen, ​an artist ​weav​es the story of the Steadfast Tin Soldier and other fantastical tales using paper ​images, projections, and music. Presented by The Theatre Centre with generous support from The Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Magnet Theatre, South Africa
May 15th - May 17th, 2018
Intergalactic Arts Studio, 180 Shaw St, Studio 103, Toronto
Interactive Performance for 6 weeks - 12 months
Performed in a cozy tent using South African polyphonic singing, sounds and rhythms, babies are taken on an enchanting journey of stimulating sounds, and lights and textures created to soothe surprise, and delight.

Mots de Jeux
Vox Théâtre, Ottawa, ON
May 15th - May 17th, 2018
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St, Toronto 
All performances in French for 18 months - 2 years
Three performers celebrate the musicality and poetry of language through movement, music, and spoken word. This rhyme filled romp is a delicious French-language treat for young children! French Language Programming Partner - Théâtre français de Toronto.

florschütz & döhnert, Germany
May 18th - May 20th, 2018
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St, Toronto
Puppetry/Music/Clown for 2 - 5 years
Out of one of the performers' many pockets comes all sorts of strange things including a raggedy white rabbit with a love of adventure and magic. This "poetic circus" is filled with delightful objects, live music, and lots of giggles. Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

LagunArte, Pays Basque, France
May 18th - May 20th, 2018
Small World Music, 180 Shaw St, Studio 101, Toronto
Music/Performance for 9 months - 5 years
Mokofina is a transformative musical and cultural experience. Basque performer Kristof Hiriart is a vocal artist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer that blends traditional and contemporary sounds to create an enchanting musical journey for very young children. French Language Programming Partner - Théâtre français de Toronto.

Flying Hearts
Theatre Direct, Toronto, ON
May 18th - May 20th, 2018
Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St, Toronto
Relaxed Performance Format for 2 years +
Join four friends as they set off on an imagination adventure through the sights, sounds, and textures of earth, water, air, and light!  This multi-sensory and interactive dance/theatre creation performed to live music promises a rich and stimulating arts experience for young audiences.

Magnet Theatre, South Africa
May 19th - May 20th, 2018
The Theatre Centre Mainstage, 1115 Queen St W, Toronto
Music/Theatre for 2 - 5 years
Coming to Toronto direct from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this production stimulates the imagination with four performers creating strange and magical animals and images with wonderfully shaped pieces of forest wood. With songs especially created for the production, they include the children in singing and creating sounds with their own bodies. Presented in association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

2018 WeeFestival
Theatre and Culture for Early Years
May 11-21, 2018
Presented by Theatre Direct

Venues: Alumnae Theatre, Théâtre français de Toronto Studio 21, Wychwood Theatre, Factory Studio Theatre, Intergalactic Artist's Collective Studio & Small World Music Centre inside Artscape Youngplace, and the Theatre Centre 

Tickets: $12 to $25

Information: 416-537-4191 and www.weefestival.ca.

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