Community Roots

We're growing deep roots in the community with a number of programs that stretch the positive effects of the Festival well beyond 3-days in May. 

The Festival's Community Roots outreach programs, sponsored by TD connect children, families and youth to the community.

Cirque Surrey

Now in its 7th year is a free program where youth 13-18 years old learn circus skills like juggling, stilt-walking, diablo, plate spinning, costume design, character development and roving performance. Delivered after-school at Guildford Park Secondary, participants gain confidence, explore their creativity, connect to the local arts community and get performance opportunities at City of Surrey events.  Performance opportunities at the Surrey International Children's Festival.

Cirque Surrey youth

Break it Down

A new 17-week youth mentorship program that connects up to 25 youth to their community through electronic music and hip hop dance. The Festival has partnered with the Arts Council of Surrey, the City of Surrey’s Youth Engagement Division and Surrey School District (SD36) to deliver this youth mentorship program in the Newton area. The program encourages the development of local emerging talent and provides opportunities for young people to become actively involved in their community.  Performance opportunities at the Surrey International Children's Festival.

Creation Courtyard

The courtyard at the Surrey Arts Centre becomes a workshop space during the Surrey kids fest and this year we are exploring indigeneity and where families come from. Participants can decorate buttons and contribute to a collected art installation about family history and learn about indigenous culture and the importance of giving with our program facilitator and storyteller.

Creation Courtyard button project

Make a Memory

Make a Memory is an educational and ticket-access program that gives students from under-served schools the opportunity to experience live performing arts. Last year, 20 local businesses provided 1600 tickets that sent over 50 classes to the Festival along with dozens of families through the Surrey Food Bank, Options, DiverseCity and Kids Up Front. To learn more about this program or to make a contribution to go Make a Memory Sponsorship Program.

Make a Memory sponsorship


A big thank you to our Community Roots Prinicipal Sponsor: