Creative kids under 12 join citywide celebrations of performance and the arts. Lauren Cameron reports.
For 12 days, kids 12 years old and younger can lose themselves in the magic of circus and theatre performances, filmmaking courses and mini-master chef classes. Seventy-five per cent of programmed events are free.

It’s the only festival designed entirely for children, and its packed two-week schedule ensures that the school holidays won’t be wasted. There will be a mobile Taronga Zoo, circus classes, digital photography workshops, ukulele lessons, tea parties, a costume corner and many events designed to inspire an interest in the arts as well as to encourage confidence and self-expression.

While the main festival site is at CarriageWorks in Eveleigh, Festival Director Jamie Dawson has his heart set on improving literacy for children all over NSW so this year’s events program will travel as far as Newcastle and Wollongong. There is a community outreach program in effect as well, with the aim of building social awareness among gen Z-ers.

Warning: The Festival may encourage a wave of health-conscious, organic, environmentally aware teens, given the emphasis on gardening, food and nature. This is a good thing.

Details //
Sydney Children’s Festival
Where //
Various venues across NSW
When //
September 27 – October 9
Contact //
(02) 8571 9099; www.childrensfestival.com.au