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DALL·E 2024-05-23 13.13.32 - A vibrant scene of the Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival during winter school holidays. The image features children engaging in various arts and crRoola Boola Children’s Arts Festival will return to the City of Stonnington these winter school holidays from Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 July, 2024.

One of Melbourne’s most successful annual children’s arts festival, on offer will be performances, workshops, free events and a range of unique activities around Stonnington that will ignite children’s imaginations.

Chapel Off Chapel’s curated program will feature four spectacular and spellbinding performances, as well as a variety of workshops from magic classes to hip hop dancing to charm bracelet making and everything in between.

Suitable for children aged 12 and under, there’s something for every child with performances from The Listies, Victorian State BalletARC Circus and Little Wing Puppets.

The Little Mermaid by Victorian State Ballet follows the narrative based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. The story unfolds in another world where a young mermaid dreams of a life beyond the sea.

One of the world’s favourite fairy tale classics is retold through a superb production featuring classical ballet skill and choreography honouring the spirit of this magical work. Expect an inspiring, impacting, entertaining and memorable experience for all ages!

Wednesday 3 July, 10.30am and 1pm.

A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets is an interactive detective show for families, told with puppetry. As well as helping to unravel a mystery, the audience will learn about the extraordinary habits of the Australian Satin Bowerbird and why they are so fascinated by the colour blue.

The story begins with strange disappearances from Mrs Mavis Hooley’s home. Can the audience help to solve the case?

Friday 5 July, 10.30am and 1pm 

Make Some Noise! by The Listies is a comedy concert for humans aged 4-400. Join the maestros of mirth, Rich and Matt as they belt out a bunch of songs with the LOLs turned up to 11.

Will they be in tune? Almost. In time? Not quite. In order? Definitely. Can Rich dance? Let’s find out.

It’s a party for your ears and both are invited! Hilarious, fabulous fun for the whole family!

Wednesday 10 July, 10.30am and 1pm

 Garden Party by ARC Circus is a new circus and physical theatre show for children and families with a kaleidoscope of acrobatics, dance, magic, and live music. The bees are in a sticky situation, but some new friends and new tricks might help them get unstuck…Be amazed by their super strength, glow-in-the-dark escapades, acrobatics, groovy dance moves and giant new friends.

From the team that brought you ‘A Bee Story’ at Roola Boola 2023, this brand-new show explores new themes around sustainability (pollination!), teamwork and community spirit.

Friday 12 July, 10.30am and 1pm

Children and their parents/guardians can choose from 9 different workshops at Chapel Off Chapel from Haus of Dizzy, NICA, Fizz Kidz, Gumnut Music, Space Dance and Arts Centre and much more. Children will be immersed in magic, puppetry, circus, dance, music, theatre, arts, craft and more – there’s something for every child to enjoy.

For the first week, Chapel Off Chapel will be hosting a new and free event called Oasis by award-winning group The Indirect Object. Explore a luminous landscape of organic formation with intricate petals and tendrils rustling in the breeze.

This year’s Beyond the Chapel satellite activations include more than 10 well-known venues and arts institutions such Prahran Market, Stonnington Libraries, Chadstone, Duldig Studio, Music Chipmunks Playgroup, Hello Music Studio and more.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Joe Gianfriddo, said the Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is a “must do” festival for children and families in Melbourne.

“The fun never stops for kids and families as we bring back our beloved Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival for the winter school holidays in Melbourne. With dance, craft, magic, circus, music and more, there’s something for everyone at the beautiful Chapel off Chapel and around the municipality.” Joe said.

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival takes place across the City of Stonnington: 2 – 12 July, 2024. For more information and tickets, visit: www.roolaboola.com.au for details.