Book a Trip to the Kids Euro Festival This Month

Puppet Show

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain: From magic shows to movies to marionettes, you’re sure to find something fun at the Kids Euro Festival. (Sister72 via Flickr)

We profiled this thing last year, a kid-friendly extravaganza taking place all over the metro region, and we’re doing it again: the Kids Euro Festival.

Like many decentralized festivals such as the DC Jazz Festival and Fringe Festival, the Kids Euro Festival is quite long in duration and huge in scope. In fact, it bills itself as “the largest children’s performing arts festival in the United States.”

Started in 2008 and in its fifth year, the 2012 Kids Euro Festival will take place from October 17 to November 13, encompassing more than 200 free events throughout the metropolitan area.

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According to the press release, the Kids Euro Festival “unites the 27 embassies of the European Union (EU) and 30 American cultural institutions, all of whom work together to transform the capital region into an action-packed cultural adventure for young people and their families, with no passport required.”

Oh, but there’s more (and when isn’t there for my readers?). Talented Europeans will perform “in diverse and imaginative live shows of puppetry, dance, music, theater, storytelling, and more.”

More, more, more, always more.

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Participating performance venues include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage, Studio Theatre, Strathmore and the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater. Workshops are planned to take place at each of the 25 D.C. Public Library branches, most of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System locations, the Library of Congress and the National Children’s Museum. As always, check the site for the latest information.

Sponsors are many, including the European Union, DISH Network and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

So, curious renters with kids may want to check out some of these events. Just click on the site for specific performances and to see if your ancestral embassy is represented.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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