Franklin’s Children Set To Unleash Creativity



Children Auckland-wide can once again unleash their inner creativity with the return of Franklin Children’s Arts Festival.

The hugely successful one-day event, being hosted in Pukekohe on Saturday, 7 March, returns with an ‘Art around the World’ theme. Children of all ages can experience a host of creative arts through interactive workshops and demonstrations from both the visual and performing arts.

The biennial free festival highlights art, music, performance and dance from the continents of the world. Aiming to suit all tastes and ages, young people will explore and create Ndebele houses from Africa and the giant totem poles of North America, while Japanese origami and windsocks offer an Asian touch. Romanian, French and Irish dancers provide a European element, with Maori flax weaving bringing the experience closer to home. Performances and interactive workshops from Tamashii Taiko Drummers and the Capoeira Cultural Group will add to the event’s global feel.

Festival organiser, Anna Molineux of Young at Art, says the festival will offer inspiring and interactive sessions and entertainment to suit all ages.

“2015’s festival aims to bring the world to Pukekohe, giving Auckland children the opportunity to experience a spectacular showcase of free art, music, performance and dance from a wide variety of cultures, all under one roof. We encourage everyone to come along and have a go,” explains Ms Molineux.

The festival, which runs from 10am – 2pm, will be based in and around Pukekohe Town Hall with a full line up of workshops as follows:
Art workshops: Printing, collage music bags, clay tribal masks, Pasifica fabric design, giant totem poles, calligraphy, Japanese origami and windsocks, Ndebele houses, flax weaving, interactive tree art attack, Franklin Arts Centre’s ‘Sensorium’ and evolving interactive mural.
Music workshops: Japanese drumming, ukulele workshops and Mango Music for pre-schoolers.
Movement workshops: Drama, Capoeira, Hip hop, Poi, Romanian, Irish, French, Maypole and belly dancing
Once again, the colourful patchwork tee-pee will be used by the festival’s creative story tellers and Raymond McGrath will also be returning to regale the children with his own wonderful stories and illustrations.

The crowds will be entertained throughout the day with cultural performances, featuring Onewhero Kapa Haka group, Tribe of Two, Wesley College, Tamashii Taiko Drummers, Capoeira Cultural group, Doina Romanian Folk Dancers, Groovit, Doyles Irish Dancers, La Bourree French Dancing, plus group and individual performances from NZ Modern School of music and Pukekohe High School students.
The festival atmosphere will be enhanced by magical fairies, roaming performers and stilt walkers, 3D chalk art installation, face painters and balloon modellers.

No pre-registration is required. The event is possible thanks to the voluntary involvement of artists, musicians, dancers, teachers, local businesses and parents from the wider community and grants from Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ fund and the Franklin Local Board. See the Franklin Children’s Arts Festival Face book page, for regular event updates or contact Anna Molineux on M: 029 7712923 for further information.

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