Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Giant Magnet rocks!

Tonight my family had the opportunity to attend the opening night festivals for Giant Magnet. Giant Magnet is the new name for the Seattle International Children's Festival- and if tonight's opening night is any indication, it's going to be an incredible event! Tonight we got to see a glimpse of the shows to expect from three of the performers that are taking part in this festival.

The first was Jamie Adkins (who we will be seeing again later this week, hurray!)- who is an acrobat/clown. He's performed as a street performer and in the Cirque Eloize in Montreal.  Let me tell you- he's incredible! He gave a short performance tonight and it had Ethan (almost 3 years old) and Daniel and I laughing and gasping in awe. Great show! We can't wait to see the full performance!

After that we got to watch the wonderful group Gonsango do their African dance/drumming performance. Even Vivian got into this performance (and she's only 11 months old!).  Gonsango has great costumes and incredible dancing, all to a great backdrop of some seriously amazing drumming.

The final act- which was amazing beyond words was Black Violin.  Let me try to set the stage for you- three African-American men come out, dressed in very cool, hip-hop outfits, one goes to stand behind a set of turntables... and the other two whip out violins!  And then they all proceeded to blow my mind with an amazing combination of classical music and hip-hop and dance. They had the audience of mainly white, middle-aged people dancing and clapping and having a wonderful time.  I told Daniel that we have to get the CD- this was the most fun I've ever had listening to violin music. It's amazing.

Seattle people, tickets to these events are super affordable at only $10-15.  Kids are welcome and expected at the performances! So buy tickets and come attend a performance. And enjoy all the other free activities that come along with your performance ticket at the discovery centers.  You can see video clips of the performers at the Giant Magnet website.

Disclosure: I was invited to tonight's event and received tickets to a performance for later this week as thanks for writing about Giant Magnet. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.