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Exciting Little Folks Village 2024

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting and rejuvenated
Little Folks Village for the 2024 festival, July 19-21 at Jericho Beach Park.

Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket.

In addition to returning favourites like Pete “Redbird” Graham, whose stilting family brings a smile to many faces – there will be a lot to discover!

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Red Bird and Friends. Photo by Yohei Shimomae

Activities at the Little Folks Village

Kids and their families can listen to compelling stories by indigenous storyteller, educator and author, Kung Jaadee, who belongs to the X̱aayda (Haida), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Tlingit, Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and is also part Hawaiian.

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Kung Jaadee

They can also see youth performing for youth! They will be able to get in the groove with the Sarah
McLachlan School of Music
marimba team and the Saint James Academy marimba group.

Deer Crossing the Art Farm will be offering a wild and wonderful experience with their interactive art
installation, Eye of the Octopus. The installation will feature a highly intelligent and sacred being, the
Octopus. As a strong spirit in Salish culture, Shíshálh and Skwxwú?mesh Knowledge Carrier Xetse’mits’a Candace Campo will ground the story of this being in fascinating engagements and interactions. A huge fabric parachute will be transformed, featuring the spirit of an Octopus. Kids are invited to get a bit messy
and help decorate the parachute Octopus!

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Xetse’mits’a Candace Campo

Little Folks Village volunteers will offer an Under the Sea themed Creation Station, where kids of all ages can create cool creatures and take-home art. They can also visit the expanded water play zone that includes water toys, bubbles and wands!

Back by popular demand is Angela Brown’s Nylon Zoo where children can gather inside a huge inflatable salmon to hear a story and then dress up and follow the leader in a parade around the Little Folks Village. There is family fun for all ages that’s not to be missed!

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Photo Credit: Raz Dong

See you in the Little Folks Village this July!!

About the Folk Festival

The activities take place on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a Canadian cultural institution. It is a unique community-based celebration internationally renowned for presenting the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the world.

Now in its 47th year, the Festival continues to be one of the city’s most beloved, enjoyed, and respected events. Through the years, the Festival has won “Best Local Music Festival” by readers of the Georgia Straight and the Westender. Each year, the Festival draws tens of thousands of enthusiastic attendees to beautiful Jericho Beach Park. Two and even three generations of families join friends and fellow community members to experience the music and culture of more than 40 international, national, and local acts. They come together to dance and to enjoy food and children’s activities – and the magical ambience of the Festival.

The Festival was founded in 1978 and held in Stanley Park. It relocated to Jericho Beach Park in its second year. Following initial sponsorship from the city, the Festival came under the control of the newly established non-profit Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society in late 1979. In the Festival’s early years, it established and ran its own record label and distribution company, Festival Records.

Over the years, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has played a key role in the development of artists and audiences on a regional, national, and international level. The society continues to honour the same traditions with an emphasis on emerging and diverse artists.

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