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WeeFestival Conference
Tuesday, May 15  – Friday, May 18

Tuesday, May 15 | The Theatre Centre
15h30 | Keynote -J’net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth  (Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator, Royal Ontario Museum)
16h00 |Workshop-Sowing the Seeds of Reconciliation Through the Arts in Early Childhood |with Leslie Kachena McCue, curator of Biinoojiinyag Gitgaanmiwaa (The Children’s Garden)
A facilitated discussion exploring the the subject of sharing Indigenous Cultural Knowledge in early childhood education and theatre/arts for early years.
17h00 | Traditional Opening
17h30 | WeeFestival Opening Reception 

Wednesday, May 16 | Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre
14h00 |Arts For All: Access and Inclusion
An engaging presentation from artists, companies, and researchers, exploring different approaches to engaging and welcoming young audiences and participants of all abilities. What can theatre for early years creators and presenters learn from these approaches?

15h30-17h00| Best Practices in Community Collaborations and Touring
Panelists share their different approaches to reaching and engaging audiences in their local communities through cross-cultural and cross-sectoral collaborations as well as beyond through touring and digital outreach.  How might these innovative approaches be applied to the dissemination of theatre for early years?

Thursday, May 17
15h00 – 16h30| Tour of Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy – Option 1
14h00 – 16h30| Free time, explore the city! – Option 2
17h00-18h30 | Artist Talk with South African poet and playwright Koleka Putuma, creator/director of Scoop | Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Lobby -Option 3
19h00 | Millan&Faye present: The Opera! From Twinkle to Stardom| Alumnae Theatre

Friday, May 18 | Pia Bouman Studio Theatre
14h00 -15h00 | Scratch Showings from Magnet Theatre Workshop Participants
15h30 – 17h00 | Meeting of the Festival Artists
Festival artists will share their recent projects and current explorations followed by a discussion related to a series of topics including touring networks, trends in theatre for early years, government investment in theatre and arts education for early years.

*We look forward to sharing more conference details and activities over the coming weeks.

*Conference schedule subject to change.