Young artists from South Korea, Hawaii, Qatar, Turkey and the United Kingdom will headline at Wolf Trap this weekend when the 2006 International Children's Festival gets underway.
Halau Hula Olana, a returning favorite from Aiea, Hawaii, presents traditional island dances, and the Gimcheon Youth Korean Traditional Music Group makes its U.S debut at the festival with music and dance.
The Qatari Children's Choir, formed especially for the festival, travels from the Middle East to perform, and the Harman Folklore Youth Club stages traditional Turkish dances and music. The United Kingdom's Circus Maniacs School of Circus Arts brings its daring aerial feats to the festival for the first time since 2000.
In addition to more than a dozen local arts groups and other artists representing countries such as Bolivia and India, numerous family entertainers include folk singers Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and the clown troupe NY Goofs.
While the artists are performing on four stages, the festival will provide opportunities for families to participate in hands-on arts activities. At the festival's Arts & Technology Pavilion, the focus will be on presentations and workshops about high-tech aspects of visual and performing arts.
The festival, which began in 1971, is produced by the Arts Council of Fairfax County in cooperation with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
-- C. WOODROW IRVIN
Wolf Trap is at 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older. Children under 3 are admitted free. For information, call 877-965-3872 or visithttp:/