The Secret Life of Suitcases by Aile Cohen Puppet Maker is a featured lineup of the Chicago Humanities Festival's spring Stages, Sights & Sounds international performance festival for young audiences (photo by Michael Penault).
The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has announced programming for Stages, Sights & Sounds, the 16th annual international performance festival for young audiences, with 40 programs May 7-20 at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave). This year's festival will include productions from two international theater companies and a local favorite: The Secret Life of Suitcases by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker (Scotland), Ondin by L'Illusion, Théâtre de marionettes (Canada), and The American Revolution by Chicago's Theater Unspeakable. Stages, Sights & Sounds will also offer participants hands-on experiences, including a writing workshop with 826CHI, a Lego stop-motion animation workshop, and a camera obscura workshop with the Liminal Camera. The festival will also include a student reading with 826CHI and a film screening and discussion of The Homestretch by Kartemquin Films. 

"This year's festival is more diverse than ever. Said Alison Cuddy, CHF associate artistic director, “We're bringing terrific international performers to Chicago, and showcasing some of our hometown favorites. And in addition to performance, there are film, photography, and writing programs. It's a great way to celebrate more than 15 years of bringing quality, affordable programs to area families and young audiences."

For 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has worked to celebrate the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the curious at heart, CHF's vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world's most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we're from and where we're going. Stages, Sights & Sounds is Chicago's only international performance festival for young audiences. 

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Chicago Humanities Festival Stages, Sights and Sounds Festival Lineup Announced