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One Night in Footscray Events for Kids & Families

10 One Night in Footscray Events for Kids & Families

Spend a night in Footscray on Friday 22 November, where food, live music, performance and interactive art installations collide for just one night!

One Night in Footscray highlights the work of local artists, makers, emerging practitioners and students, and creates new opportunities for people to encounter art in public spaces. It’s part of the Due West Arts Festival program which is running Friday 15 November to Sunday 24 November.

This ALL FREE program features a range of activities and I’ve selected those that start early in the night for little ones, with interactive experiences for the entire family to enjoy.

Hungry along the way? Check out the special food offers available on the night.


1. The L2R Get Down!

The L2R Get Down will showcase over 20 of L2R’s youth students with a crew of emerging and professional local artists through a Hip Hop floor show outside Footscray Station.

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The Get down will also feature local and notorious breakdance crew, the Young Masters. This hip hop dance activation will get you hyped and cheering, while giving you an opportunity to get involved and most importantly ‘GET DOWN’!

L2R Get Down, Footscray Train Station, Irving St Footscray
5 – 6pm Friday 22 November

2. Fluorescence

Bar Josephine will become a laboratory of fluorescence, with artworks and experiments that are suitable for children and adults alike.

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Featuring a large scale installation of unlikely materials: ink from highlighter pens, expiring flowers and black light torches, scientists and artists of any age are invited to explore the everyday science around them. Dr. Loz of SciencePlay Kids.will be running a kids workshop 5:30-6pm (there’s an adult-only session from 9-9:30pm). There will also be casual experiments from 5pm -1am.

Fluorescence, Bar Josephine, 295 Barkly St Footscray
Kids workshop 5:30 – 6pm Friday 22 November

3. One of Us

The Artlife Stage Craft group will take you on a journey in an intimate storytelling performance. A movie and a book at the same time, don’t miss out on this intimate storytelling performance.

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One of Us, Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray
5:30 – 6pm Friday 22 November

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4. Street Skeeters

Memetica’s Street Skeeters are large animalistic characters structured around manual sports wheelchairs and operated from the inside.

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Through roving street performance, Skeeters playfully draw attention to themes of accessibility in urban environments through site-specific and interactive performance.

Street Skeeters, Footscray Railway Station, Irving St Footscray & roving
5:30 – 7:30pm Friday 22 November

5. Phoenix Productions, Maribyrnong City Council Youth Stage

Spoken word poets, rappers, singers, dancers and DJs’ hit ONIF for a burst of high octane, ‘get it out on the street’ stream of creativity from the best of the West’s young artists.

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Phoenix Productions, Maribyrnong City Council Youth Stage, Cnr Chalmers Lane and Nicholson St Mall, Footscray
6 – 7pm Friday 22 November

6. Choir of Opportunity

BUSK is the Bringing of Unison through Singing to Community. The Choir of Opportunity will perform, entertain and involve community in Footscray through singing at the ONIF. The performance will be staggered (at intervals) to allow the moving audience the opportunity to listen, look, join in and share the joy of music.

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Choir of Opportunity, Footscray Railway Station, Irving St Footscray and VU at MetroWest, Nicholson St Footscray
6:30pm – 7:30pm Friday 22 November

7. Four, That Player

The unique game of Trugo was born at the Newport Railway Workshops around 100 years ago.  Played in Footscray since 1937, Trugo is thriving locally with the support of an enthusiastic band of residents.

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Try your hand at a historic sports game unique to the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

Four, That Player, Footscray Train Station, Irving St, Footscray
5 – 8pm Friday 22 November

8. MakersWindow Clay-Making

MakersWindow is a community for sharing, learning and doing. We make things together, host classes, and encourage anyone to join in the experience of creating.

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For ONIF 2019, we will be hosting an open-ended, open-air, and perhaps eye-opening clay-making class. You will be engraving and decorating a clay pavement or two that will be part of the community space in MakersWindow.

MakersWindow, 311 Barkly Street, Footscray
5 – 8pm Friday 22 November

9. Snuff Puppets

Snuff Puppets will descend on the Footscray precinct to delight audiences of the West! Our giant roaming puppet performances are interventions into public life that challenge and thrill unsuspecting audiences and transform the use of public space.

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Snuff Puppets, various locations, Footscray
5:30 – 8:30pm Friday 22 November

10. A Message for You

A Message For You is an interactive outdoor installation, comprised of many woollen pompom flowers that will create a field of colour across a public space. Each flower will have a LED light attached, to create a glow, and a positive, short message attached to warm the heart and delight.

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We encourage each flower to be “plucked” and taken away, giving its recipients an ongoing burst of positivity when it’s needed most.

5 – 10pm Friday 22 November
A Message For You, Maddern Square, Footscray


For more things to do in Footscray with kids visit Footscray Park Playground & Quarry Park

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

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.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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