Fun for all the family at the 40th annual St Kilda Festival

Sunday 9 February

While music-lovers congregate at the annual St Kilda Festival for the exciting 40th anniversary, families can also enjoy their own ultimate fun day out with a jam-packed line-up of activities and events. Everyone is invited to join in the fun on Sunday 9 February as the festival celebrates being a part of family life since the ‘80s with an ‘80s fancy dress theme.

Catani Gardens will transform into Little Catani, the Festival’s dedicated family zone. Look out for Hooptopia (pictured right), an interactive hula hoop playspace hosted by Donna from Hoop Sparx. Everyone is invited to come along, pick up a colourful hoop, pick up some tricks and have a blast. Be sure to head to Sparkles Face Painting first so the resident festival face painter can work her magic brush strokes for a sparkling storm of colour. 

Children aged 4+ are invited to get crafty at the festival’s 40th anniversary by becoming kings and queens of waste reduction at a Recycled Crowns workshop. Participants will be shown how to utilise colourful ‘waste’ materials to create a piece of wearable art, guided by Georgina Humphries, a Melbourne-based artist who has created works for Glastonbury Festival, Let Them Eat Cake and Falls Festival. Drop in for Rhythm Unites’ Drumming Workshop for all ages. A combination of drumming and dancing is sure to empower everybody to laugh, sweat and creatively express themselves. 

There will be a dedicated Kids Carnival, including a Ferris wheel, dodgem cars, a pirate ship, teacup rides, inflatable rides and much more. Kids can also step inside a giant clear bubble and enjoy bumping around in a fun game of Bubble Soccer, taking place throughout the day. 

Beyond Little Catani, the Dancezone will have festival-goers dancing all day to a diverse line-up of vibrant and energetic performers. Channel 10’s Dancing with the Stars will host Learn to Dance Sessions for all ages and levels, and the Bindaas Bollywood Interactive Dance Workshop will turn everyone into Bollywood stars, through the art of modern Indian dance. Dancers at all levels can learn the history of techniques from all over the Middle East with Bellydance Kizmet’s classesor join the Latin Street Carnaval where four Carnaval roving bands march through the Esplanade, celebrating the extraordinary spirit of Latin dance culture. Festival-goers can also expect swing dancing, a Zumba fitness demo and a robotic dance workshop with Rebel Stepz.

The family-friendly fun extends to St Kilda Pier for Elwood Angling Club, which has had a presence at the festival every year for 40 years – promoting a fun fishing experience for under 16-year-olds. Head to Upper Esplanade to take a selfie with the whimsical Stilt Walkers, The Long Stems, who are always full of colour and energy, and will encourage kids to sniff their fuchsia flowers in a cheeky performance.

Mayor of Port Phillip Bernadene Voss said: “The family-friendly activities and events at St Kilda Festival are designed to bring the whole community together and we strive to do this by engaging diverse cultural groups for fun and interactive activities to round out a fun day out for all to enjoy.” 

For 40 years St Kilda Festival has brought music-lovers, community members and families together for a diverse program of events. This year festival-goers can enjoy the likes of Busby Marou, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Alice Skye, DRMNGNOW, Freya Josephine Hollick, Huntly, Hot Dub Time Machine, Jade Imagine, Kee’ahn, Kylie Auldist, REMI, Port Royal, The Kite String Tangle and many, many more across multiple stages. 

St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest free music festival held on the second Sunday in February each year. The diverse program features live Australian music, dance performances and workshops, carnival rides, sports demonstrations, community group activities, food and market stalls, extended business trading, roving entertainment and a dedicated family-friendly entertainment zone with a stage and kid’s carnival.

St Kilda Festival
Sunday 9 February 2020
St Kilda Foreshore, St Kilda

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