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Brief: Kaleidoscope for Kids Arts Festival Premieres

— Alexandria arts non-profit Access through the Arts introduce a new children’s festival that is part of the fall Kaleidoscope arts celebration throughout the City called Kaleidoscope for Kids Arts Festival. The children’s festival will take place the weekend of Sept. 29-30 at the Durant Center for the Arts, Alexandria’s multicultural center for the performing and visual arts.

The inaugural event is geared specifically for children of all ages, and their families, complete with a line-up of nationally and critically acclaimed artists and performers and plenty of hands-on activities.

Acclaimed artists and performance groups participating in the festival include urban dance company Urban Artistry, Arlington-based Synetic Theatre, national Latino performing arts center the GALA Hispanic Theatre, and renowned children’s songwriting program Kid Pan Alley. The festival will offer plenty to see, hear, and do for children and families from a kaleidoscope making workshop, an origami workshop, puppet parade, art car painting, to a bookmaking workshop with Family Legends, strolling artist and Bolivian dancers. Visitors can get lunch or a snack from local area food trucks in the picnic area or walk to nearby King Street restaurants.

Kaleidoscope for Kids is part of the bigger fall arts celebration called Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope, now in its second season, is an initiative designed to focus interest on the thriving visual and performing arts in and around the City of Alexandria. A collaboration of the Alexandria Arts Forum and Access through the Arts, that focuses on visual and performing arts in Alexandria from Labor Day to Halloween. Visitors can enjoy theater, music and dance performances as well as art exhibitions throughout the city.

Tickets are $30 for a day unlimited events pass; $10 for single performance. Families can enter a sweepstakes to win tickets via the

Festival’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopeVA/app_28134323652. A complete list of scheduled events is located at http://www.artskaleidoscope.org.

Details

Kaleidoscope for Kids Art Festival

Presented by Access through the Arts

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30, 2012

The Durant Center for the Arts - 1605 Cameron Street (upper King Street neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, Metro accessible at the King Street station.

Various times for activities and performances

Visit http://www.artska... for tickets and information.