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Greater Dandenong Children's Festival

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Explore the world from home at the 2021 Children's Festival.

Join us for two weeks of fun, free online activities and workshops during this year’s Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival from 18 September to 3 October.

Now in its tenth year the theme is Little World Explorers, offering a chance for local families to discover new things all from the comfort of their home with the full festival moved online.

This year’s headline event - Little Night In - is on Sunday 26 September from 4pm-6pm. Set up camp in the backyard or your living room and enjoy live-streamed performances and activities for big and little kids alike.

The Little Explorers Writing Competition is open to primary-school aged children living or studying in the City of Greater Dandenong.

The winner will have their story turned into an animated short film, to be premiered at next year’s festival. 

You can also join us for the launch of Fading Memories, last year’s winner of the story writing competition. The moving story written by Jordan Jackson was animated into a short film by local artist, Hung Lin and will premiere at a special event on Monday 27 September at 11am, featuring a Q& A with the writer.

To coincide with the Children’s Festival, Drum Theatre has joined with Bukjeh artists to present a holiday arts program for culturally and linguistically diverse families. Home Away from Home has more than 30 virtual classes in storytelling, cooking, movement, creative writing and visual arts workshops presented in both English and Arabic.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Angela Long said it’s great to see Council provide fun and adventure for families even in lockdown.

“Local residents have been doing it tough, and the school holidays provide a perfect opportunity to reconnect and have some good old fashioned family fun. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy some adventure and laughs while adhering to all the restrictions currently in place,” said Mayor Long. 

There are also some great prizes up for grabs to participants who fill out a feedback survey after the events.

View the full program.