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The 34rd Haifa International Children's Play Festival

The 33rd Haifa International Children's Play Festival kicks off with an opening show that’s sweeter than honey - "My Friend, Winnie the Pooh": the world's most beloved bear, is coming this year to the leading children's cultural event in Israel, during Pesach on the 9-11th of April, at the Haifa Theater, and with it an abundance of high quality performances, a magical and colorful space, featuring amazing experiences from around the world!

This year the festival emphasizes the value of friendship in the opening play "My Friend, Pooh the Bear": a play by Oren Yacovi, directed by Uri Omanuti, and produced by the Haifa Theater in collaboration with the Kibbutz Theater. An original, colorful and inspiring musical, inspired by A.A. Milne's beloved book. Intended for ages 4 and up and the whole family.

About 170 creators sent proposals to the Haifa International Children's Play Festival this year. The artistic committee headed by the festival's artistic director, Roy Segev, and committee members Uri Urian, Yifat Zandani, and Miri Lazar, chose five original and unique children's plays that will be staged in their world premiere at the festival. The five plays will compete for the festival awards in the various categories and will receive support and artistic mentoring.

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