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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.

Children’s Sanctuary at Canberra Museum and Gallery and Civic Library

Visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Civic Library (Saturday) and Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) (Saturday and Sunday) and enjoy a place for children and their families to play, create and take part in a range of cultural activities. Across the two days there will be art making, craft, music, drumming and dance workshops, as well as activities involving different languages and storytelling sessions. Join TV presenter, cookbook and children’s author and artist Poh Lin Yeow on Saturday afternoon from 3:15pm to 3:30pm and hear her beautiful story Sweet Petite.

Facilities for children and their families will include a welcoming space for breast-feeding.

Saturday 17 February 10 - 4pm
Sunday 18 February 11 - 4pm

A partnership between CMAG, ACT Government Child and Family Centres, ACT Community Language Schools Association, Libraries ACT, ACT Bilingual Education Alliance and more.

Children's Sanctuary Flyer [PDF 561KB]
2018 National Multicultural Festival Children's Sanctuary Program [PDF 615KB]
Online Story - Kids and Families