Family friendly festivals for International Family Day

Claudia Druwé - 15 May 2020

Today is International Family Day, a day to spend with your family and celebrate the bond you have. For us here at, this means it is time to highlight some festivals you can visit with your family once festivals will be able to start again. Here are five family friendly festivals you can find on

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The Pocket

The Pocket is a family festival of small and minitature theatre scenes, organized by “The Smallest Theatre is the Wold” Theatre Oz in Brseč, Croatia. The festival promotes theatres that nurture small and miniature theatrical forms, but also all other artists that define their art as small and miniature. It is a festival that nourishes and supports interactive creative and educational workshops with an emphasis on theater and tradition, as well as exhibitions, literary and musical encounters in collaboration with renowned artists and pedagogues.

Every year, the creative team of Teater Oz and "The Pocket" welcome an artist who creates unique pockets that are the trademark of this theater event.

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bOing! International Family Festival

bOing! is a brilliant weekend of performance and creativity for all ages run by Gulbenkian, Canterbury every August bank holiday weekend.

The festival aims to offer something for all ages to be inspired by and enjoy together by including work not only created for young audiences, but plenty of outdoor work that is engaging for all ages. Performers and artists come from across the world, creating unforgettable festival experiences for over 10,000 people each year. Art forms include, circus, theatre, comedy, live music and film.

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BIG BANG Festival

BIG BANG is an adventurous music festival for young audiences (5+), behind which Zonzo Compagnie is the driving force. Each year, 15 major cultural centres in Europe and in Canada transform their venues into a musical labyrinth. BIG BANG presents a colourful and diverse programme of concerts, sound installations and workshops with a strong focus on contemporary and improvised music. The festival is embedded in the European BIG BANG network as an exchange and co-production platform.

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Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People

Olympia IFF was established in 1997, mostly addressing children and young people artistic needs. Around 70 feature and short films (fiction, animation, documentaries) participate in the International Competition section, and another 90-100 films are screened in the non-competition sections each year. The main goal of Olympia International Film Festival is to contribute to the children and young people film education with innovative programmes such as the creation and the development of films.

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Think Big! International Dance and Performance Festival for young audiences

The festival Think Big! looks at contemporary dance and performing arts by presenting, reflecting and sharing the art form.

It seeks to include children and young people as active participants and as audience members. The festival is a platform for international artists who are interested in opening up a dialogue with the local community and who would like to share and exchange. Young people and their families get access to contemporary dance and to artistic working process.

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These five family friendly festivals are definitely worth checking out in the years to come, but they are not the only ones you can find on FestivalFinder. We have even more kid friendly festivals on our website, you can find them here.

Happy family day!