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Between August 3-6, 2023, Stratford will come alive with magical performances by world-class puppet artists and musicians during the second annual World in a Weekend Festival, presented by SpringWorks~PuppetWorks! and Stratford Summer Music! Here are the top 4 reasons why you should definitely mark your calendars for this unforgettable experience:

  1. Fun Puppet Activities & Shows for All Ages
    Bring the children in your life to experience magical puppet shows! Check out Judy Saves the Day, a hilarious modern interpretation of the traditional “Punch and Judy” show for ages 4+, or Fire, Stones, & Stories where audience members ages 2-8 are invited to help the puppeteer create a unique story around the campfire.
    There are also opportunities to enjoy an adult night out. Experience a highlight double bill; Zen Tales, traditional Zen stories as told by animating fruits and vegetables, and A Brief History of Time, the story of science like you’ve never heard before, with 100 objects. Brush off your dancin’ shoes and grab a drink at the Latin Dance Party, or learn something new at the Introduction to Object Puppetry Workshop.
    There’s truly something for everyone on offer this weekend.
  2. Live Music Performances You Can’t Miss
    Make sure to check out the brilliant live performances by remarkable musicians, organized by Stratford Summer Music!Top Show for Jazz Lovers:
    Friday Night Live at Revival – SSM Jazz All Stars. Indulge in an evening of soulful jazz at Revival House, featuring the very talented SSM Jazz All Stars. Let their musical brilliance take you on a journey of jazz that’ll leave you spellbound!Top Show for the Romantics:
    If you’re in town with your partner, you just can’t miss the performance by Marika Bournaki and Julian Schwarz at The Avondale. Watch as this pianist-cellist duo weave together classical and contemporary melodies, igniting your emotions with their artistry.Top Show for Chocolate Lovers:
    Wondering how music and chocolates go together? Experience a unique collaboration between Ensemble Caprice and Rheo Thompson Candies at Factory 163, where you can enjoy enchanting music while savoring the sweet indulgence of chocolates!Apart from these top shows, there are also other must-attend musical performances during World in A Weekend. Don’t miss it!
  3. Accessible Pricing and Ways to Save
    In an expensive season, World in a Weekend is an affordable choice to make memories with friends and family. The festival offers an accessible “Pick Your Price” model for all puppet shows, where patrons can choose between $15, $25, and $35. The concerts have varied pricing, between $40 and $75.On top of that, there is a Flex 4+ discount: buy any 4 puppet tickets across the festival and receive 10% off your booking. Keep an eye on the SpringWorks Festival and Stratford Summer Music social media pages this month, for giveaway and contest opportunities as a chance to win free tickets.
  4. FREE Outdoor Fun in Veterans Drive Park
    World-renowned puppeteers and musicians will be coming to Stratford from Quebec, Hungary, Mexico, and many more… and your family can experience their Veterans Drive Park performances for FREE!On Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., children can explore the Garden for Little Souls and other interactive play activities like DIY face paint and puppet making. Take a break at the bank of the Avon River with a MusicBarge concert, enjoy an interactive children’s music concert by Pete & Anna, and witness strolling characters Késã and Unack, 12-foot-tall stilt-walking seasons, who will delight patios and shoppers in Stratford’s downtown!

For more information and to purchase tickets to this epic international festival, visit worldinaweekend.ca. We can’t wait to see you there!

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