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FIRST LOOK: Free NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023

The popular NGV Kids Summer Festival is back with a packed schedule of entirely FREE events for families from Saturday 14 January to Sunday 22 January 2023. The nine day program includes artist-led workshops, performances, events and activities designed especially for kids, teens and their families. 

This year's theme is curated around the concept of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure,’ with each section of the festival highlighting a different summer exhibition. 

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Get runway ready with a performance by Arrernte drag artist, ‘Stone Motherless Cold’

When is the NGV Kids Summer Festival 2023?

NGV Kids Summer Festival runs from Saturday 14 January to Sunday 22 January 2023.

NGV for Kids – Activities & Events Inspired by NGV Exhibitions

Highlights of the 2023 festival will include activities based around the Alexander McQueen exhibition, the newly-installed architecture commission ‘Temple of Boom’ which is a contemporary and very colourful and vibrant reimagining of the ancient Greek temple, the Parthenon as well as the NGV Collection of Asian Art and Indigenous Art.

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Kids can discover the vibrant world of ancient Greek pottery through a 3D paper pottery activity, inspired by pots in the NGV Collection.

Children will be able to rock in the Great Hall with punk-pop music by performers ‘Shiny Coin’ or experiment with unexpected objects and textures such as candle wax, hair, slugs and jelly to make a wig or hat with Singaporean-Australian sculptor Nabilah Nordin in her ‘Hairy Slug Hats’ art activity. 

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Kids can rock in the Great Hall to a pop-punk music performance by musicians Shiny Coin.

There will also be teen-specific activities like a fashion workshop with Melbourne-based fashion designer Erik Yvon where they’ll create their own unique embellishment to add to a favourite piece of clothing.

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Teens can learn some simple sewing skills with Melbourne-based fashion designer Erik Yvon.


Kids will have the opportunity to have their face painted by Melbourne-based hair and makeup artist Nisal Atapattu who has designed special Alexander McQueen inspired face paint designs just for the festival!


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Kids can get their face painted with makeup artist Nisal Atapattu.

Or they might like to enjoy a performance by Arrernte drag artist, ‘Stone Motherless Cold’ in a performance where Stone expresses her identity through fashion, while the kids dance along to a lip-sync and learn how to pose to make themselves runway ready. 

Other activities include Tai Chi workshops, K-Pop dance workshops, paper pottery, Greek Dancing, art activities, storytelling performances and a beautiful woven creatures art activity with Indigenous textile designer and artist Taylah Aimee Eid.

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Children and families can discover the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi with master and founder of Tai Chi Australia, Han Jin Song.

While you’re at the NGV don’t forget to collect an activity trail and explore the ‘Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection’ where you’ll find more than sixty works conveying stories of the world in which we live through painting, sculpture, furniture and lighting. You can complete the activities with friends and family as you wander through the exhibit.

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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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