Festival Street Closures: 2017 EQT Children’s Theater Festival

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
STREET CLOSURES FOR THE
EQT CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL

May 18 – 21, 2017 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Cultural District

Pittsburgh, PA—The EQT Children’s Theater Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will be presented from May 18-21, 2017 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Now in its 31st year, this historic festival will feature national and international ticketed performances; and over 35 free hands on activities and pop up performances at indoor and outdoor locations where children of all ages and their families can relax, have fun, explore and enjoy time together.

Street Closures
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is working diligently to ensure that both residents of downtown and visiting festival attendees can experience a safe and enjoyable environment over the course of the four-day festival. Therefore, please be aware of the following traffic and parking provisions.

Most major streets leading into and out of downtown’s Cultural District remain open to traffic before, during, and following the event. All Pittsburgh Parking Authority and other nearby parking garages remain open.

Please take note of the following exceptions:

Tuesday, May 16, beginning at 10am, through Sunday, May 21, 2017 Midnight

  • 7th Street from Liberty Avenue to Penn Avenue (Penn Avenue and Liberty Avenue will remain open)

Contact
For questions about road closures during this festival, email Cory Cope, Flyspace Productions-Director of Operations, at cory@flyspaceproductions.com.

Festival Information/Overview
The EQT Children’s Theater Festival features ticketed performances by award winning theater companies from Canada, Belfast-Northern Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Scotland and the United States.  Festival goers can enjoy over 35 free things to see and do including hands-on activities, public art and pop up performances taking place at indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Cultural District.  The festival grounds will include food options and vendors and information booths will be open during festival hours.  The festival will provide festival guides, as well as crossing and security guards to help all visitors navigate events.

Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017; and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21, 2017.

For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/PghKids, call 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Parking and Transportation
Reserve parking vouchers in the heart of the Cultural District at Theater Square Parking Garage. A limited number of vouchers will be held for Festival visitors each day. To reserve your parking voucher, call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.

Festival travel as convenient and comfortable as possible! For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit www.ParkPGH.org.  This site shows real-time parking availability in over 20 downtown parking lots with parking inventory updates every 30 seconds.

The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For information on Port Authority bus stops that may be affected by the street closures, please call the Port Authority Customer Service center at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number (412) 231-7007, for the speech and hearing impaired, or visit PortAuthority.org.

Parking information is available through Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership website: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/getting-around/parking.

All of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages (except the Grant St Station) have free sheltered bike racks. Visit, http://www.pittsburghparking.com/facilities to see a map of all of the garages. The Century Building on 7th and Penn, Downtown offers free, outdoor covered bike parking spaces. Bicycle lanes in the Cultural District on Penn Avenue will remain open during this year’s festival.  For more information visit http://www.trustarts.org/visit/directions-parking/bike-lanes/.

Accessibility
The Festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicapped accessible.  ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made at least 10 business days in advance.  For information and questions, please call (412) 456-6666.

Children’s Theater Series, Bridge Theater Series & Children’s Theater Festival
The Children’s Theater Series, Bridge Theater Series and Children’s Theater Festival, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017) is one of only four international children’s theater festivals in the nation.  The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.

For the fourth year, 2017, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children’s Theater Festival.  Established in 2003, the EQT Foundation provides educational opportunities for children, as well as adults, values the development of livable communities, and is committed to the preservation of natural resources. The EQT Foundation prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen and invests in programs that promote an understanding of culture and heritage.

2017 EQT Children’s Theater Festival announcement press release: http://pressroom.trustarts.org/2017/01/25/festival-eqt-childrens-theater-festival-2017-cultural-district/

The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series (now in its 47th season, 2016-2017), introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its 2nd season, 2016-2017), for ages 7 and up, expands upon the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission of bringing artistic opportunities to children of all ages through culturally diverse performances that will continue to engage young audiences through participation, encouragement of and respect for their creative ideas and develop their interest in the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/kids.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

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