I programmed, developed and delivered the Fremantle Children's Fiesta, an annual celebration for the city's youngest citizens as part of the Fremantle Festival. Responding to the Fiesta's location - an historic bushland reserve - I created program of activities celebrated the birds that make the park home. Alongside the activities below, the program also included circus and musical acts, birdwatching tours, Indigenous storytellers exploring creation stories and roving performers dressed as birds and bird-like creatures, giving out eggs for children to add to their nests.
Make-believe Bird Parade: Children and families worked with artsworker facilitators create their own make-believe bird, working together to create a costume of the bird to wear as part of the inaugural Children’s Fiesta Make-believe Bird Parade, led by a bird-inspired second-line style jazz band.
Tracking twitched twitters: A number of twitching stations will be set up, enabling children to spy and record birds they see (real and make-believe) using binoculars. Bird sightings were recorded on customised Twitchers Tally Index Cards.
Field glass fixer-upper: Children created their own craft-roll binoculars, along with an ID card that welcomes them as an Official Member of the Make-believe Bird Society of Twitchers.
Nesting: Children and their families created a nest for their invented bird and added it to trees around the park.