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Family Fiesta at Monash University

Family Fiesta  invites kids and families to take over in a four-day jam-packed program of live and participatory art and performance. Presented by Monash University Performing Arts Centres (MPAC), Family Fiesta will get children reading, dancing, singing, learning and making art these school holidays from 29 June – 2 July at the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts.

 

Family Fiesta will kick off with strong focus on children’s literature with presentations, book signings and more from Australian Children’s Laureate 2022-23, Gabrielle Wang; First Nations authors Richard Pritchard and Jordan Gould, presenting Wylah: The Koorie Warrior; comedian and author Peter Helliar presenting his Frankie Fish Series; and Cal Wilson with her book George and the Great Brain Swappery29, 30 June, 1 July, at 11.45am, and 2 July at 12.45pm, with a chance to meet the author for a foyer book signing after each event.

In the Alexander Theatre, Windmill Theatre Company will present award-winning children’s theatre show, Grug and the RainbowIn a magical adaptation of Ted Prior’s beloved picture books, Grug and the Rainbow sees grassy little friend Grug embark on an epic adventure to bask in the colours of the rainbow. A smash hit with audiences all over the world, the show brings its exquisite puppetry and heart-warming humour to delight audiences in the school holidays. Snap up tickets for six performances across 29, 30 June and 1 July, at 10am and 1:30pm.

In the state-of-the-art David Li Sound Gallery there will be Sensory Concerts – world-class musicians playing chamber music in a relaxed setting for neurodiverse audiences with onsite therapist support. These inclusive concerts are specially designed for children and adults with sensory or special needs, with classically trained musicians playing music from Mozart to Ghostbusters. Two sessions will be held on Thursday 30 June at 11am and 1pm.

Mobile MESS Workshop arrives at Family Fiesta on Friday 1 July. Experience the magic of electronic sound creation in this fun hands-on workshop with Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS). During one hour, investigate the science of sound through interactive experiments using synthesisers, create wild sounds and make beats while learning the basics of synthesis. Three sessions will take place at 10:45am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm.

Inventi Ensemble, leading presenters of chamber music for children, will play an exciting arrangement of The Planets, set against a lively animated backdrop. Join Laura the astronaut as she meets the characters of Gustav Holst’s The Planets: Mars the bringer of war, Mercury the winged messenger, and Jupiter the bringer of jollity. Don’t miss this visually stunning, musical masterpiece on Saturday 2 July at 11am.

The school holidays will be full of action-packed fun at MPAC, with tickets priced from $5 – $15 as well as free experiences. Polyglot will showcase FEAST, a free participatory art installation in the foyer, alongside the Fiesta Book Nook, a cosy reading space for kids and carers to rest. While the Fiesta Mini Café and Music in The Count’s provides live music at lunchtimes with mini seating set-up, art activities and free babyccinos. Families can soak up the lively atmosphere in-between shows and events, making a day out of it with fun for the whole family.

 

Family Fiesta

29 June – 2 July 2022

Monash University Performing Arts Centres

The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton

Tickets prices: Free – $15, available in advance and on the day

https://www.monash.edu/performing-arts-centres/whats-on/family-fiesta



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