Children throughout the Geelong region celebrated the 37th annual Poppykettle Children’s Festival this week.
The festival gives students access to professional theatre experiences, workshops and craft activities that are designed to unleash their creativity.
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 celebrations.
This year’s festival included separate days for primary school students and pre-schoolers, with hundreds attending the events.
Primary Day on Tuesday 23rd October included workshops and performances aimed at stimulating young minds and fueling creative expression. The day featured the Trash Test Dummies, an award winning side-splitting slapstick comedy and circus routine. Students also watched a See the Sea! show and made their own roving puppets.
Kinder Day on Friday 26th October gave young children an opportunity to see a a production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a stage adaptation of the hugely popular children's book by Eric Carle.
The Poppykettle Children’s Festival is part of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s education program.