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Pittsburgh Cultural District
May 17 – 20
Various times

Follow a panda’s footprints into an ancient Chinese forest. Meet West African hero Sunjata Keita. Discover what happens when a young country boy becomes heir to a vast kingdom.

These exciting adventures — and even some talkative zebras — await at the 32nd annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival.

There’s nothing else in Pittsburgh quite like this family festival, which exposes children of all ages to professional theater performances from around the world. If you’re looking to inspire your budding actor, director or writer — and spark meaningful dialogue with the kiddos — this is the perfect place to do so.

Six feature performances will showcase interactive productions from Italy, Scotland, Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Follow Vince and Poggle to discover a magical musical tree with Barrowland Ballet. Be enchanted by imaginative puppetry during a sensory-friendly performance of “The Rainbow Fish.” Join Grammy-winning zydeco musician Terrance Simien to take a multicultural musical tour of the globe.

Transforming the Cultural District into a laboratory for contemporary theater, the festival also includes hands-on activities, art installations and live music at indoor and outdoor venues.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...