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The Kids Euro Festival, a two-week long festival of European arts and culture, is now in its 11th year, to be held from October 20 to November 4, 2018. Every year, it is presenting numerous free cultural activities to children and their families from the DC metro area. With programs both for the general public as well as for school groups more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. This is made possible by the 28 European Union member states and the European Union Delegation in Washington in cooperation with the European-American Cultural Foundation. For the full lineup of events, please visit or follow #KidsEUFest.

The ACF Washington is excited to contribute this year with two performances:

  • An introduction to classical music for children by the Berakovic_Karklina Duo at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

  • The play Wolf performed by a theater group from the Austrian children theater company Next Liberty at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

MUSIC FOR CHILDREN | Berakovic_Karklina Duo: A journey through classical music

Together with the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz we are excited to present a performance of the Berakovic_Karklina Duo.

Fairytale meets classical music: Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella”

The cello and piano Duo Lana Berakovic and Maija Karklina will introduce children and their families to the world of classical music through the enchanting melodies of the Stravinsky ballet “Pulcinella”, and thereby tell the story of one of the Italian Carnival’s most famous characters. The musicians belong to the ensemble of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria’s oldest music university.


Suite Italienne (1932 first performance) for Cello and piano

1. Introduzione
2. Serenata
3. Aria
4. Tarantella
5. Minuetto – Finale

 Age: 9+
Duration: 50 min

Free Performances @ Millennium Stage

When: Sunday October 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Where: Millennium Stage | The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Ticket: No tickets required

Lana Berakovic (violoncello) was born in 1987 in Zagreb, Croatia. At an early age she studied with cellist Valter Despalj, who remained her teacher until 2008. She then continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She performed as a soloist in Austria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia and as a member of the ensemble Cellomania in Moscow, Vienna, Paris and Amsterdam.

Maija Karklina (piano) is a senior lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She was born in Jelgava, Latvia and was taught by pianist Silvija Audre, later continuing her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She performs regularly as a soloist and accompanist in Austria, Latvia and Slovakia and is an active member of various chamber as well as contemporary music ensembles. She also performed as soloist at the Wiener Musikverein with the Ensemble Kontrapunkte.

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In association with the Austrian children theater company Next Liberty we are delighted to present the play WOLF, an adaptation of the centuries-old fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, originally written by the Brothers Grimm.

“Little Red Riding Hood is to blame … for everything; even though she had been warned … however, let’s start from the beginning. Once upon a time there was a forest with many trees, countless flowers and even more paths to lose one’s way. There was the girl Little Red Riding Hood, her mother, her grandmother and the wolf. But not many people know that in the forest there also lived an ambitious crow, a know-it-all storyteller, a nearly blind mole and really nice musicians. And all of them were important for the course of the story and how, in the end, Little Red Riding Hood found to her grandma’s house.”

Written & Directed by Christoph Steiner

Set and Costume Design by Helene Payrhuber

With Christoph Steiner (actor)

Paul J. Diwiak (double bass)
Stefan Matl (accordion)
Magdalena Susic (violin)
Elisabeth Weinzerl (clarinet)

Age: 6+
Duration: 50 min

The piece, written and directed by Christoph Steiner, grants a special role to music. The fairytale was originally written by the Brothers Grimm and is known in various versions throughout the world. Christoph Steiner was exposed listening to fairytales through cassettes as a child and gruesome details in it seemed normal to him, although he admits that he finds them rather disturbing today. He chose  Little Red Riding Hood as a starting point for his own journey in the mystical world of fairytales rather intuitively while trying out various characters. In a collaborative process he and his friends also worked out the music for the piece.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory

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