Children throughout the Geelong region are gearing up for the 36th annual Poppykettle Children’s Festival at GPAC from October 17-20, 2017.
The festival aims to engage young people in the theatre and unleash their creativity, with interactive performances, workshops and craft activities.
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 Tuesday 17th October with Poppykettle Primary Day, aiming to ignite imaginations with workshops, activities and performances that will stimulate young minds.
Friday October 20 is Poppykettle Theatre Fun Day - an interactive event for pre-school children and their families. It also marks the launch of Children’s Week in Geelong.
Children will attend performances of Grug and the Rainbow, an epic and colourful journey featuring exquisite puppetry and gentle storytelling.
Afterwards, children will participate in craft activities and entertainment with The Crazy Koala Puppet Show.
Poppykettle Children’s Festival is 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.
Children's Week will be officially launched at 9:20am on Friday 20th October in the GPAC foyer.