Experience A New Irish Fairy-Tale at the Ottawa Children’s Festival

Win Tickets to the Show

By Joni Hamlin, OCF April 18, 2019

The Ottawa Children’s Festival de la Jeunesse (OCF) was founded in 1985 and hosts an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children and their families. The Festival focuses on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children's education; strives to present work that excites and challenges audiences of all ages; and prides itself on developing and producing award winning programming that comes from across Canada and around the world.

If you and your children have not delved into the wonderful world of theatre, have not experienced the magic that is the Ottawa Children’s Festival, please make this the year that you do. In a time when school budgets are being cut, curriculum changes are not acknowledging the Arts as critical to a child’s development, it is up to you to provide those opportunities to your child that will make a difference – no more so than the power of life theatre.

Join us May 8-12 as we celebrate the world’s finest performing arts for young audiences and their families. Our 34th Festival lineup consists of highly acclaimed productions from across the globe – Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Scotland and Australia. Puppets to acrobats, classic theatre to a show where YOU take part, there is something for everyone.

You can win a family 4-pack to one of our shows, They Called Her Vivaldi. This is a wonderful, uplifting play from Ireland’s Theatre Lovett who boasts to “produce work for all ages, both child and adult, young and old, chicken and egg”. This show is perfect for children ages 7 and up and their families. It is classic family theatre that will soon become your favourite fairy-tale. 

To enter to win, email with “OCF Vivaldi” in the subject heading. You must be a subscriber to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced next week and will select the date/time they wish to see the show (based on availability) and tickets will be picked up onsite.

About the Show

To begin, the story takes place in a city called Triste, which is full of canals and waterways for trade as well as boats for transport – it is very similar to Baroque Venice, Italy. 

Edward M. Haberdasher is the owner of a haberdashery shop. His daughter, Cecilia Maria, is a musical prodigy.  Each customer that comes in the shop prompts her to see and compose a new song, and the townsfolk call her Vivaldi, for her music gifts.  She is a peculiar girl and has a peculiar affliction, she is extremely sensitive to sounds and cannot leave the safety of the shop.  Her Father has designed a special hat for her, which she dubbed Capello, to protect her ears. 

But one night, Capello is stolen and the young girl is forced to leave the safety of her home and break out into the world to track down her beloved hat. Experience the world through the eyes and ears of this clever girl, explore the town of Triste, and learn to embrace the gifts that make you special. It will restore your faith in humanity.

About the Giveaway
You must be a Macaroni Kid subscriber to be eligible. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Do not enter this sweepstakes if you are not eighteen (18) years of age or older as of April 18, 2019 and a legal resident. Entry into this Giveaway begins Thursday, April 18, 2019 and ends Wednesday at 12 noon, April 24, 2019.

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