Summer forecourt festival – Library on the Lawn

The State Library Victoria is transforming its front lawn into an urban oasis for a summer forecourt festival called Library on the Lawn. Running for two weekends in February, the forecourt will feature a blockbuster line-up of family-friendly workshops, performances and activities. Grab an outdoor beanbag and umbrella an enjoy the festival with the whole family.

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Summer forecourt festival – Library on the Lawn
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Djirri Djirri, the only Wurundjeri female dance group will feature with an indigenous dance workshop, along with live performances from hip hop artist Mantra; award-winning comedian, Josh Earl; ARIA, Grammy and Oscar nominated musicians in children’s group The Mudcakes; zine, book and comic-making, calligraphy and children’s craft workshops; DJ sets; face painting and so much more.

“I’M DELIGHTED TO SEE THE LIBRARY’S FORECOURT AND LAWN BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE AFTER THE COVID-INDUCED HIATUS OF 2020. AFTER THE LONGEST CLOSURE IN THE LIBRARY’S 165-YEAR HISTORY, WE CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME PEOPLE BACK TO THE LIBRARY – AND TO OUR GLORIOUS FORECOURT – FOR THIS SUMMER FESTIVAL PROGRAM”.

KATE TORNEY

STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA CEO

Summer forecourt festival – Library on the Lawn
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Library on the Lawn full program

WEEKEND ONE

Saturday 6 February

10.30 am – Welcome dance by Djirri Djirri, suitable for ages 3 and over.

11 am – Indigenous dance workshop with Djirri Djirri, suitable for ages 3 and over.

1 pm – Spoken word and music by Joel McKerrow, suitable for ages 5 and over.

1.30 pm – Zine making workshop with Sticky Institute, suitable for ages 6–12.

2pm – Hip hop performance by Mantra, suitable for ages 5 and over.

3 pm – Slam poetry showcase with Emilie Zoey Baker and teen poets, suitable for ages 5 and over.

3.30 pm – Kids hip hop lyric writing workshop with Mantra, suitable for ages 12 and over.

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Summer forecourt festival – Library on the Lawn
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Sunday 7 February

10 am – Baby Bounce with Julianne, suitable for ages 18 months and under.

10.30 am – Library workshop: Make a cuneiform tablet with clay, suitable for ages 6–12.

11.30 am – Comedy show by Josh Earl, suitable for ages 5 and over.

12 pm – Letter writing, envelope art and stamp design workshop with Melanie Knight, suitable for ages 6–12.

1 pm – Dance music by DJ Hot Wheels, suitable for ages 3 and over.

2 pm – Old book collaging and drawing workshop with Tai Snaith, suitable for ages 5 and over.

3 pm – Percussion performance by Mighty Duke and the Lords, suitable for ages 3 and over.

Bookings for weekend one

Summer forecourt festival – Library on the Lawn
Image: Emilie Zoey Baker

WEEKEND TWO

Saturday 20 February

10.30 am – Storytime with the Library, suitable for ages 3–5.

11 am – Hanging mobile workshop with Emma Grace, suitable for ages 8 and over.

12.30 pm – Kids music performance by the Mudcakes, suitable for ages 8 and under.

1.30pm – Monster pot workshop with Emma Grace, suitable for ages 8–12.

2.30 pm – Dance music by DJ Andrew McClelland, suitable for ages 3 and over.

3.30 pm – Medieval calligraphy workshop, suitable for ages 6–12.

4.30 pm – BBQ-punk music performance by The Burnt Sausages, suitable for ages 3 and over.

Sunday 21 February

10 am – Storytime with the Library, suitable for ages 3–5.

10.30 am – Recycled crowns workshop with Georgina Humphries, suitable for ages 4 and over.

11.30am – Interactive comic strip workshop with Bernard Caleo, suitable for ages 3 and over.

12.30 pm – Bibliotherapy with Susan McLaine, suitable for ages 10 and over.

12.30 pm – Design and produce your own book workshop, suitable for ages 6–12.

2 pm – Music and dance performance by Real Youth Music Studios, suitable for ages 3 and over.

3 pm – Letter writing, envelope art and stamp design workshop with Melanie Knight suitable for ages 5 and over.

3.30 pm – Music performance by Georgia Fields, suitable for ages 3 and over.

Bookings for weekend two

Date: 6–7 Feb 2021 & 20–21 Feb 2021
Times: 10 am–4.30 pm
Location: Library forecourt, 328 Swanston Street
Price: all activities are free, but bookings are required.
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