Join in the fun at the Arts Learning Festival Community Day on Saturday 4 May, with free activities for kids and families, as well as drop-in workshops with some of the festival’s leading presenters.

After two days of student workshops, the focus switches to families and the rest of the community.

The hub of activity is our festival village at Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra near Federation Square.

There’s giant kite flying and workshops, face painting, bubble craft, circus arts and stilts walker, a sketch artist and a silent disco – all free. The village will also have food trucks and a seating area.

In marquees at the village, there’s a program of drop-in workshops,  including:

  • New York-based Oliver Herring celebrated TASK Party – an open, hands-on experience where teens and adults can generate imaginative responses and limitless solutions to randomly selected tasks.
  • The Creative Garden, presented by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Activities include making pots from newspapers and planting seeds in them, and leaf rubbing to explore the shape, texture and colour of local plants.
  • Archi-Loom – a giant, interactive loom installation where everyone fills in the walls of the structure by weaving, and using recycled materials. What emerges is a large, slowly evolving collaborative art installation.
  • Ausdance Victoria’s The Big Dance, below, where everyone can join a free Big Dance workshop and be a part of Arts Learning Festival 2019’s closing performance.

The Big Dance - Arts Learning Festival preview: people in red shirts performing The Big Dance

There are also several bookable events at nearby venues, including:

  • Billie and the Dinosaurs, a musical journey through a narrated orchestral performance, where our hero, Billie, runs away from school bullies, falls through a mysterious waterfall, and discovers a world of dinosaurs.
  • Rhythms and Cycles, presented by internationally-renowned puppeteer Gary Friedman. Kids create paper puppets that come to life, in a workshop that includes ‘brain gym’ movements, storytelling and performance.
  • The Inner Voice, presented by operatic tenor Chris Elliott and a classical accompanist, leading participants through a transformative, musical experience exploring the power of song.
  • Pondlife, which looks at dynamics of playground politics through a theatrical experience with the Catherine Wheels Theatrical Company.
  • The Make and Play Orchestra Performance, where the Make and Play Orchestra led by Graeme Leak play instruments created from junk.

You will also be able to try our new short story dispensers at the Atrium in Federation Square, which will feature the work of students who enter our short story competition.

The biennial festival is presented by Independent Schools Victoria as a celebration of the importance of the arts in education.

For more information, go to our Community Day program, or

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Posted by Independent Schools Victoria