Just have a look at how ridiculously fun this stuff sounds.
The packed program for Kids, Creatures and 100 Harlequins includes three stages with shows running throughout both days, workshops for yoga, circus, dance, music, puppetry and skipping, cooking classes and roving characters. All events and activities are free.
A highlight is the ‘100 Harlequins’ parade on Saturday morning, which harks back to Canberra parades of old and will set a world record for the biggest number of harlequins in one place.
“One of my favourite moments, in this year of so many great moments, was Our Own Grown Market Day and the Chicken of the Century competition in March,” said the Creative Director of the Centenary, Robyn Archer.
“I’m very pleased that The Village atmosphere returns to Glebe Park in the spring for these special festive days designed for young folk to have fun.”
Another highlight is Biami by Duncan Smith and Maitland Schnaars, a new interactive theatre and dance performance produced for the festival. Using puppets, masks and a few surprises, it tells the story of the creation of the Australian landscape by the Wiradjuri people.
Friday’s program from 10am to 2pm is aimed at babies, toddlers and early primary school-age children.
ACT Playgroups will offer a huge range of activities like interactive sound stations, art and craft and dress-ups, and provide baby zones and safe play spaces for children of different ages and abilities.
Friday is also Green Market Day, when local primary schools will sell produce and seedlings grown at school and run activities and games on the ‘being green’ theme.
Saturday’s activities from 10am to 4pm (for children up to 12 years old and their families) include the Giant Mythical Creature interactive all-day workshop, where kids will add to the creature’s outerto make it furred, feathered and scaled, and build its wings.
The creature is about 4m from nose to tail with a 2m girth, and is made of metal binding, foam and paper mâché.
The workshop will end in a performance where the creature opens up to reveal (babushka doll-style) another creature inside, and yet another inside that, literally creating new mythical creatures in front of the audience.
Other performances are The Very Circusy Caterpillar show from Melbourne, Sr Deuss – a Dr Seuss-themed musical act, local circus superstars Poncho Circus and local puppeteer PuppetOodle.
This is top quality family entertainment for free, which is a very good thing.