Children throughout the Geelong region are gearing up for the 35th annual Poppykettle Children’s Festival at GPAC on October 20 & 21, 2016.
The festival aims to engage young people in the arts and unleash their creativity, with interactive performances, art and craft activities, and much more.
The Poppykettle Festival was first held in 1981 as part of the week-long Springding Festival, inspired by local author Robert Ingpen’s award winning children’s book The Voyage of the Poppykettle. Since then, generations of children have enjoyed the annual Poppykettle celebrations.
“The Poppykettle festival is a wonderful Geelong tradition and we’re so proud to continue to inspire and entertain new generations of young people,” said GPAC General Manager Jill Smith.
The fun begins on Thursday October 20 with Poppykettle Primary Day, giving school children from throughout the region an opportunity to participate in arts based workshops and performances that will stir their creativity. A highlight of Primary Day will be the magical world of Crazy Science - a hilarious mix of comedy and interactive magic presented in the Drama Theatre.
Poppykettle Kinder Day is on Friday October 21 from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and also marks the launch of Children’s Week in Geelong.
This free event includes activities for pre-school children and their families, with performances, storytelling, gymnastics, face painting, art and craft activities. Children can attend one of three Drama Theatre performances of an interactive environmental detective story told with puppetry - A Little Bit of Blue. Children’s Week will be officially launched at 12 noon in the GPAC foyer.
Poppykettle Children’s Festivalis part of the Vicwest Community Telco GPAC Education program and remains Geelong’s premier family event, dedicated to promoting and celebrating performing arts for young people.