Kids and Families Program at Arts Centre Melbourne kicks into high gear

This July to December, Arts Centre Melbourne will present a series of events, workshops and performances especially designed to engage the youngest members of the community.

Graeme Leak from Raising the Roof

These performances, events and workshops are presented by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the year-round Kids and Families program, designed to engage children and their families in the exciting world of the performing arts. The program provides opportunities for kids aged 0 – 12 and their families to interact, connect and discover the arts together.

Working with the special guests and international artists performing in Hamer Hall during the Opening Season, including Cape Town Opera and acclaimed Japanese artisan, Hiroshi Fuji, kids and families can get involved in the biggest event of the year on Victoria’s cultural calendar with an exciting series of events and workshops.

During the September school holidays, Arts Centre Melbourne will host a series of events for kids and families. These will include African-style dance workshops with Asanti Dance Theatre and being part of an 80-piece Indonesian orchestra.

On Sunday 30 September, the new Hamer Hall will explode with the high-energy rhythms and sounds of Raising the Roof,  led by renowned musicians Graeme Leak and Patrick Cronin, and hosted by Julia Zemiro. The concert will celebrate the extraordinary music traditions and cultures found throughout Victoria, culminating in a participatory performance involving both audience and performers.

In the Digital Learning Hub, Arts Centre Melbourne will also present an array of workshops for budding filmmakers and musicians. Building on 24 years of dynamic teaching and learning, workshops include favourites Instant Rockstar on and Siblings in Sync.

For more information on these events and many more, visit

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and was the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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