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Franklin Children's Arts Festival


Sat 10 Mar 2012, 10:00am–2:00pm

Where: Pukekohe Town Hall, Cnr Massey Ave and Edinburgh St, Pukekohe, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

All spheres of the arts will unite together on one day, under one roof, with the advent of the inaugural Franklin Children’s Arts Festival.

A free event, the festival encourages children Auckland-wide to unleash their inner creativity through a variety of exciting workshops and interactive demonstrations. From experimenting with animation, practising the art of flax weaving and learning to apply gory special effects makeup, to making clay creations, mastering the African drums and discovering rainbow poi dancing, there’s a creative skills session to suit all tastes and ages.

Anna Molineux, festival organiser, says that the event aims to provide young people with free access to art, music, drama and dance in a fun, festive and inspirational environment.

“Our festival team is busy working hard to ensure a full day of quality, fun interactive sessions and entertainment for all children from tots to teens,” explains Ms Molineux.

“It’s rare that children are able to experience such a spectacular showcase of art, music, drama and dance under one roof, so we’d encourage everyone to come along and have a go.”

Based at Pukekohe Town Hall in Franklin, the festival runs from 10am – 2pm, with a full line up of workshops as follows; Art workshops: animation, printing, clay, weaving, wearable arts, special effects make up (gore and flower power) and festival bunting. Music workshops: African drums and ukulele. Movement workshops: rainbow poi and dance. Pre-school sessions will also be available.

Budding illustrators will be inspired by a talk and demonstration from New Zealand children’s book illustrator, Bruce Potter. Children of all ages will enjoy the storytelling and children’s art exhibition.

The crowds will be entertained throughout the day with performances by African drummers, Drum Talk, a cultural performance by Wesley College, Pukekohe High School bands and individual performances from students of the NZ Modern School of music.

The festival atmosphere will be enhanced by face painters, an abundance of fairies, stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon modellers.

No pre-registration is required. Children can register for their chosen workshops on the day, subject to availability. Limited spaces are available for certain timetabled workshops.

The event is possible thanks to the voluntary involvement of artists, musicians, dancers, teachers, local businesses and parents from the wider community and following a grant from Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ fund.

See the Franklin Children’s Arts Festival event page on facebook for regular event updates or contact Anna Molineux on M: 029 7712923 for further information.

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