CULTURE

Rescheduled children’s festival has an environmental message

Eager to see what a town for kids would be like, I walked across the Katehaki ring road with my daughter last Saturday. What did the organizers of the First «Town for Kids» Children’s Festival have in mind? A young woman at the entrance to the Goudi Military Park told the many people who hadn’t known that the festival had been postponed to October 4 and 5 due to the bad weather. Despite our disappointment, we found the information map promising, as it announces activities and performances focusing on a fairy tale for the environment: A group of evil cooks decide to take advantage of the rising sea temperatures and create the planet’s biggest fish soup. As they are very worried, the sea creatures ask the children to come to the festival to gather pieces of ice and save them. Youngsters will be able to explore a land filled with music, pantomime, storytelling, constructions made out of recycled paper as well as dance – from breakdancing to hip-hop for kids – environmental seminars, screenings, pastry workshops with chef Stelios Parliaros and a magician’s tent. The program further features theater performances and a series of parallel events including stilt-walkers, ballerinas, percussion bands, DJ sets by Eva Theotokatou, face painting, a BMX show and a large tree where children can hang leaf paintings along with a personal wish to save the environment. The festival is intended for children aged 2 to 12 and will run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, weather permitting.