This May, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will celebrate 32 years of bringing kid-friendly theater performances from all over the world to our beloved city of Pittsburgh. We will be making our first official trip as a family of six – Mama and Evan got to take in some of the event in 2014 and loved what we experienced. We’re delighted to be partnering up with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to bring you the details on this year’s event!
2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival
Our kiddos love getting to both watch and be part of the theater, usually impromptu in our living room! This spring, they’ll be getting the chance to experience theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and Mama is pretty sure they’re going to be amazed. (PSST! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can WIN tickets!)
Our friends at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust shared some details with us and we hope that you’re as excited as we are!
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held May 17-20, 2018 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. Fostering imagination through high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, attendees can enjoy six featured performances, hands-on activities, and a variety of family-friendly art and music at various indoor and outdoor venues. The cultural experiences offered throughout festival performances can be enjoyed by all ages.
“Every year, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival provides the setting for new and exciting featured artists from around the world to inspire creativity through the arts,” shared Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming and Executive Director of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series and EQT Children’s Theater Festival at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The heart and soul of the festival is to encourage discussion and create an opportunity for families to have meaningful conversations. The entire line-up of ticketed performances is interactive—audiences will be delighted to have opportunities to participate during the shows like never before. Everyone’s senses will be delighted as they feel like they are a direct part of the festival magic. Rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor events, the festival is an easily accessible and rewarding way to spend your time.”
The 32nd EQT Children’s Theater Festival features performances from Italy, Scotland, Canada, the United States, and Australia. The festival offers shows and activities for the youngest theater goers from six months of age to special shows and activities for kids and teens ages 7 and up.
-Information from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
How to Experience the EQT Children’s Theater Festival
While there are plenty of free activities happening during the Festival, you’ll need tickets ($9 each or in a bundle as low as $6 per show) to attend the featured performances. (These include “Panda’s Home” – ages 4+, “Poggle” – ages 6 months – 4, “The Rainbow Fish” – ages 3-8, “The Young King” – ages 7+, “Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience” – all ages, and “Sunjata Kamalenya: The Story of the True Lion King of Africa” – all ages.) A sensory-friendly performance of “The Rainbow Fish” will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 2:45 PM.
Tickets went on sale on February 15, but there is still time to get your family booked to attend performances! You can get tickets by any of the following:
- Calling 412-456-6666 (groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930)
- Purchasing online at www.TrustArts.org/PGHKids (or here for group tickets)
- Visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue
For a full description of each featured ticketed performance, including performance times, please visit www.TrustArts.org/PGHKids
The festival grounds will include a variety of food options and vendors, visual art programming at local galleries, free hands-on activities, and free outdoor performances. Festival hours are 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on Thursday, May 17 and 10:00AM-5:00 PM on Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Performance of your Choice
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has provided us with 4 vouchers to giveaway to a family. These vouchers are good for one performance during the EQT Children’s Theater Festival from May 17-20, 2018. The winner will get to select which show works best for their family. Our giveaway runs through March 11, 2018.