The WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years is dedicated to the presentation of inspiring theatre and performing arts created especially for children 0-6 years and their families. The festival curates a dynamic and culturally diverse program of productions from around the world and across the country from leading companies and artists specializing in this field. This year, the festival is online for children 3 years + and their families.
A Message from Lynda Hill, Artistic Director
It is my pleasure to share our 2021 WeeFestival Digital programme for Kindergarten students featuring five shows created especially for young children by leading artists and companies from around the world including Indonesia, Chile, Belgium, France, Germany, Argentina, and Burkina Faso!
Each performance is entirely distinct in form and style opening worlds of inventive theatrical storytelling using music, dance, puppetry, and visual art through design. It is my hope that you will take up the A Play a Day challenge and make time each day for your students to experience each one of these beautifully filmed and engaging performances.
Please find below more information on the programme along with links to video trailers that will introduce each piece and information and how to book! Education resources are also available.
With gratitude for all you do to support children’s growth and learning,
A Bucket Of Beetles
Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia)
Puppetry | BANDE ANNONCE
Wehea is a little boy who lives in a big rain forest. Just like any other people who live there, Wehea has a special connection with nature. Even the smallest beings in the forest are his friends.
One day, Wehea sees a very special beetle. He then embarks on an adventure to meet the beetle; the very special rhinoceros beetle who always searches for the lights and turns out to save his life.
Based on a story told by a 5-years old little boy, “A Bucket of Beetles” is more than just a story of a beautiful friendship. It is a story about the connection between humans and nature. A story that leaves us questioning ourselves: are we taking care of our water, soil, and air enough?
All designs of the animal puppets in the play are taken from his drawings. The performance will be followed by artist talk, stage tour, and studio visit.
Aranwa Company (Chile)
Music/Dance | BANDE ANNONCE
Life on earth is amazing. From a tiny little seed comes a beautiful flower that smells and blooms, attracting bees that make the honey we eat.
We are born, learn to crawl, to stand, to walk, to grow, to work, to care for those we love, to grow old. cycle of life, like the cycles of nature are celebrated in this festive production that combines music and dance from Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile to create a captivating performance for young children and their grown ups.
Cyclo features instruments from these regions such as the zampoña, Colombian bagpipe, charango, marimba, maracas, accordion, guitar, among others, are mixed.
Théâtre de la Guimbarde & Soleil Theatre (Burkina Faso)
Music Theatre | BANDE ANNONCE
A woman is searching for a new place to call home, along the way, she meets a traveling musician who joins her on a shared musical path that crosses borders of culture and language. Taama – “Journey” in the Dioula language of Burkina Faso – brings together a Burkinabe singer and a Breton violinist in a colourful world that mixes traditional rhymes and classical melodies.
Helios Theatre (Germany)
Installation/Performance | BANDE ANNONCE
Water is enormous power, sputtering life and sparkling joy. Maybe it is a melting ice–block, a shimmering fountain, as a refreshing drink or a sweeping wave, as an element of sound or reflector of light, in this performance it always takes on new forms. It inspires performers and audiences alike and generates poetry that gives us an idea of the Wonder of Life. It starts with one single drop…
This is engaging “discovery” theatre performed without words exploring water’s many playful properties. Object puppetry, installation theatre.
The Cozy One-Man Band
Company La Mue/tte (France)
Music/Puppetry | BANDE ANNONCE
A fascinating display of puppetry moves seamlessly into a thrilling concert featuring a multitude of instruments all played by Argentinian musician and puppeteer Santiago Moreno whose virtuosity and dexterity will fascinate young audiences.