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A fun and accessible festival experience for all

The Festival is always a large, exciting event filled with lots of people, sounds and activities, and we know that some just like to take a break every once in a while and find a quiet space out of the heat and away from the hustle and bustle. That’s why this year we’re excited to offer our new Sanctuary spaces for children, parents and festival goers as a way of making the Festival a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

The Sanctuary

Adult visitors to the Sanctuary on Saturday and Sunday will be able to sit in peaceful, shaded areas, grab a cool drink and take in a quieter festival atmosphere with a wide variety of special music and entertainment programs to enjoy, including performances by Indigenous Australian Johnny Huckle, The Blamey Street Big Band and traditional music and dance by Thai, Vietnamese and Jamaican performance groups, to name just a few.

Location: Stage 7, Ainslie Avenue Cul-de-sac (Petrie Plaza West)
Time: Saturday 18 February – open 10:30am
Time: Sunday 19 February – open 10:30am

Children’s Sanctuary

Visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) and enjoy a place for children to play, create and take part in a range of cultural activities. Across the two days there will be art making, music and dance workshops, as well as face painting, a balloon modeller, and storytelling sessions. The CMAG Cafe will be open, and facilities for children and their carers will include complimentary water bottles and a space for breast-feeding.

A partnership between CMAG, West Belconnen Child & Family Centre, ACT Community Language Schools Association, and more. All events are free.

All children must be accompanied by a participating adult - parents, carers, grandparents and friends most welcome.

Location:  Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner Civic Square and London Circuit. Please enter via Civic Square
Saturday  18 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday Program
Sunday  19 February, 11.00am – 4.00pm Sunday Program