Spring is on its way in, and we all know what comes after that: Summer! Summer is the season to play outside, especially with your kids. One of the best things to do in the summer is go to outdoor festivals. You can meet wonderful people, learn new cultures, find new music and most importantly – have fun! So why shouldn’t kids get to enjoy festivals too? The answer is “they should.” And they can! Here are some of the top family-friendly festivals worldwide:
Hamburg Children’s Short Film Festival – Hamburg, Germany – June 7 – 14, 2015
Take the train from Berlin to Hamburg for the 17th annual Children’s Short Film Festival. It is one of the only festivals in the world that caters especially to children and showcases only short films. The movie screenings take place in the morning and most films are directed towards children from ages 4 to 14. For the future directors out there, workshops are offered in the afternoons. Expert directors, editors, filmmakers and actors from around the globe help ignite the passion in children to make films. And don’t miss the awards ceremony on the last day of the festival – it is a huge party for all involved.
Underage Festival – London, England (Shoreditch Park) – August 31, 2015
The Underage Festivalis geared towards teens, ages 13 to 17, and it is all about the music. There are five huge sound stages and this year some colossal artists will be playing. To start, there is Lianne La Havas, a soul sensation who is often compared to Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill. Then comes London’s own punk-grime group Hadouken. We can’t leave out Outfit, a group of 5 musicians from Merseyside who produce splendid guitar-pop music. Their sound is along the lines of New Order and Franz Ferdinand. If you are planning to visit the Underage Festival, London offers you many opportunities.
Green Man, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales – August 14 – 17, 2015
Want to get your kids dedicated to saving the environment at a young age? Well the Green Man festival is the place to take them. This four-day festival in August is dedicated to creating eco-awareness. It caters to kids from ages 0 to 12. Some of the fun activities include workshops, magic, and pedalling bicycles to create electricity for the live musicians. Alice in Wonderland is the theme this year, and a good time is sure to be had for all.
World Puppet Theatre Festival – Charleville-Mézières, France – September 18 – 27, 2015
The picturesque French town of Charleville-Mézières is honored to host the World Puppet Theatre Festival, which only happens once every two years. In 2015 it is on, as 250 puppet troupes from all around the globe flock to the French countryside. Over 200 puppet shows are performed over ten days. In 2013 over 150,000 spectators enjoyed the shows at the main festival, the fringe and the street shows. You and your family will see every kind of puppet imaginable; from glove to string marionettes to shadow puppets, and of course the latest and greatest in innovative puppetry.
Larmer Tree Festival – Salisbury, England – July 11 – 15, 2015
This intimate festival is held annually at the Larmer Tree Gardens. The activities for kids range from Famer Jason’s Emmy-award winning music show to an origami puppet workshop. They can learn how to drum with Inta Africa and check out the shows at the Hinged Theatre.
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