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A four-day fest celebrates the spirit of childhood

art-and-culture Updated: Dec 04, 2013 19:28 IST
Sahil Magoo
Sahil Magoo
Hindustan Times
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With musical plays, dramas, circus and workshops, the 13th edition of the International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts (ICFPA) is all set to celebrate the spirit of childhood in the Capital. Starting December 5, the four-day affair will see participants from more than 21 countries and over 150 performances from school children across India. The annual event, which takes place in different cities across India, was founded with a vision to provide an international platform for students to come together and perform.

Organised by Ryan Foundation in association with Indian Council of Cultural Relations and National Bal Bhavan, the theme of this year’s fest is ‘Brighter Tomorrow’. "Our motto is all round development of our children.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/2/drama.jpgThis is pursued by providing a positive learning environment in which resources are channelised to achieve full development of the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of the child. The festival is a part of the same," says Grace Pinto, managing director of the Ryan Group. The festivities will commence with a parade by participants to spread the message of peace and harmony. Later today, the opening ceremony will see a puppet show — Where the Mind is Without Fear — by puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee, which will be followed by a ballet performance and a music show — Tribute to 100 years of Cinema.

The gala will also see acts from international troupes from Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Russia, Spain and other countries, over the course of the event. "The show we are going to present, focuses on the individuality of young adults who are facing difficulties while growing up. But despite their differences, be it in origin, interests or attitude, the characters meet and interact. They learn to understand each other, discover new perspectives and help each other on their way," says Wickie Marie Monchablon, a member of Circ ‘A’ Holix (a German circus group).

Catch It live

What: International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts

When: December 5 - 8

For schedule, venue and passes: www.ryanicfpa.com