Mississauga International Children's Festival

A Message From the Artistic Director

Some people just never grow up! I think they're the lucky ones. 'Cause they never outgrow whimsy, laughter, and the joy of make-believe.

Make-believe with us that you're a kid again. There's no age limit on capturing childhood dreams in a darkened theatre, seeing the magic of incredible clowning, or singing along to a catchy tune.

We bring you the best the world has to offer in music, theatre, and puppetry for the young at heart. Our visual arts spaces are bursting with art workshops and demonstrations. The Canadian Author Series allows you to see your favourite writers in person. What better way to reach a childs heart then Child Toys. Action figures, Play sets, Fancy Dress, Gadgets and Robotics is every childs dream.

Join us at the amazing Living Arts Centre, the Civic Square and Central Library in downtown Mississauga, across from Square One Shopping Centre. From the awesome Hammerson Hall, the glass blowing studio, the sparkling fountains of the outdoor square to the live performances on the outdoor stage, there's something for kids of every age.

For four days in June, make-believe with us that you're a kid again. You'll never forget it. 

The Festival 

The Mississauga International Children's Festival ( MICF ) is a non-profit, registered charity with a volunteer Board of Directors, whose mandate is to provide high quality arts programming representing a diverse range of arts disciplines. Every year, artists are sought from the very best Canadian and International artists. Performances are selected from theatre, music, puppetry, dance and storytelling. Professional visual artists are featured in the Fun Arts tents and studio spaces. 

In July 1995, members of arts organizations, artists and educators met to discuss the possibility of a major children's arts festival in Mississauga. As a result of these initial meetings, the Mississauga International Children's Festival was born.

July 1996 marked the inaugural International Children's Festival. It was held for 3 days at the Meadowvale Theatre and surrounding grounds. It was an immediate success, and was improved and enlarged for the following year. Then, in 1998 in conjunction with the opening of the beautiful new Living Arts Centre, the MICF moved to this beautiful new complex. As well, the Festival planned events at the Mississauga Civic Square and the adjacent Central Library. This move allowed for a major expansion of programming. Since then, festival events take place on eight stages, and a minimum of 65 performances occur over 4 days. As the Festival grew into its new location, it added a Canadian Author's Literary Series, Science Explorations and hands-on arts and science workshops.

Attendance patterns have steadily climbed since the festival's inception. The response from the school community has been overwhelming. Projections for 2002 are for audience numbers to reach 15,000.

Recognition of artistic merit has been strong, as witnessed in print media coverage and radio reviews. CITY Parent magazine praised the Festival, stating the event "placed Mississauga squarely on the map in family entertainment" and was "sure to reach a new level of success" in 1999. They also praised the Literary Series, stating that it "features some of Canada's best writers for children and youth". The Mississauga News called it "the signature event" of Mississauga. 

Mississauga International Children's Festival
Board of Directors Feb. 20, 2002 to Feb. 20, 2003

Valerie Salter; BA Drama

Event Planner

Vice President
Raymond Soroka; CLU, BA, CFP

Insurance Executive
Raymond Soroka Insurance Agency Inc.

Marian Poon 

Staff Accountant, Audit

Programming Chair
Honey Thomas, BA, B. Ed., MA French, MA English

Teacher, French Immersion and ESL - Peel District School Board
Professional Musician - Mississauga Symphony Orchestra

Ruth Marland Bryan; MCIP, RPP

Senior City Planner, City of Mississauga
Randi Grant
Primerica Financial Services
Sandhya Casson
Director, Corporate Marketing/eBusiness
Nortel Networks
Councillor Maja Prentice
City Councillor, Ward 3, City of Mississauga
Paul Hudson
Executive Search Management Consultant
Adil Rahmathulla
Staff Accountant, Audit Division

Past Chair
Jeff Atkinson
Re/Max Realty

Related Sites:
Kids Internet Radio
Kids Stories

Nancy Guertin - Artistic Director
Nora Hibberd - Administrator and School Sales
Michelle Wallis - Manager, Marketing and Development