• arts & culture

4 October 2017

St Albans Festival for Families launches this week, one of the first outcomes of the Victorian Government’s new Creative Suburbs program.

The $1.8 million program – an initiative of the Creative State strategy – supports outer metropolitan councils to undertake new creative projects or events that give locals opportunities to get involved in more creative and cultural experiences on their doorstep.

Running from 6-19 October at The Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre, St Albans Festival for Families is a multi-generational arts experience showcasing the work of diverse community groups.

The festival includes interactive experiences, such as puppet-making and traditional Vietnamese lantern making workshops.

The Women’s Circus will host free circus workshops , while Western Edge Youth Arts offers free drama workshops. There will also be a Baby Ballet session to get tiny tots on their feet.

Performances during St Albans Festival for Families include Spike, The Echidna by Little Wing Puppets and an interactive performance by Way Out West called Fortune. St Albans East Primary will also present The Trung Sisters, an endearing production following the journey of two real life Vietnamese heroines.

On Saturday 14 October, audiences are invited to join the St Albans Moon Lantern parade. Bring your lanterns and puppets to St Albans Community Centre, enjoy a family BBQ, listen to the Sunshine Community Band, then take part a colourful in a parade through the local community.

Visit St Albans Festival for Families for details

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