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Interlochen Center for the Arts presents annual Winterlochen festival

This year’s event features a full schedule of family-friendly activities, culminating with a free performance of the 'Cinderella' ballet.

Winterlochen face painting

The holiday season might be over, but on campus at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the festivities have just begun. 

On Saturday, February 11, Interlochen presents the beloved annual winter festival known as Winterlochen. Food, arts-centered activities and more will make for a day of family fun. 

“Winterlochen is a family-engaging experience on Interlochen’s campus that is seen once a year,” says Shelby Eppich of Interlochen Presents. “It’s exciting because there’s something for everyone.” 

Featured activities include acting and animation workshops for kids, an all-ages swing dance, face painting, craft projects, a rock band instrument petting zoo, sledding, and more. At the onsite food court, attendees can enjoy offerings from popular Interlochen eateries like Bud’s, Hofbrau, Oaky’s Tavern and Mimi’s Taqueria. 

Returning this year is the popular Kids Conduct, hosted by Interlochen Public Radio’s Kids Commute. In this one-of-a-kind experience, kids will take a short conducting lesson followed by the opportunity to conduct the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony. 

“It makes the kids’ day, but it also makes the day for the students doing Kids Conduct. That’s a big drawing point,” says Eppich. 

The afternoon will draw to a close with a free performance of the ballet Cinderella put on by the Arts Academy Dance Company. 

"This version of Cinderella has all the magic that we crave from a fairy tale while capturing the essence of the story's meaning and its themes of love, resilience and fun, too,'' says Joseph Morrissey, Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy. “Whether you are a seasoned balletomane or first-timer to the theatre, Cinderella is the perfect way to warm everyone’s hearts during the cold winter."

The performance will feature Morrissey’s original choreography, intricate costumes created by designers from around the world, and the ballet’s classic score by Sergei Prokofiev. 

Although Interlochen is well known for its summer concerts and events, Eppich says that Winterlochen is a great opportunity to enjoy what Interlochen has to offer during the winter. 

“Winterlochen is a time to engage the community and let them know that so much happens here during the school year,” she says. “It brings them into each area of art that we offer here on campus, showcasing the talent of our students.” 

To view the full Winterlochen schedule of events, click here