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Join The Festival of the Soil! This will be a celebration of the hidden worlds beneath our feet, which will be explored through art, science and storytelling. Did you know that there are more living creatures in a teaspoon of soil than there are humans on planet earth?
Part of National Science Week, this family-friendly event will be led by the Small Friends Books team. The team includes a microbiologist, two artists and a writer, who will get together to create stories for children set in the microscopic world.
The event will be held at Birrarung Marr, behind Federation Square, Melbourne. It will be held on 18th August 2019 from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm (with the last entry at 3.30 pm). Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Featuring an interactive microscope station, collaborative drawing, soil pit experiments, a live storytelling and immersive, soil-inspired performance, the event will also be celebrating the launch of Nema and the Xenos. This is a Story of Soil Cycles - the newest story in the Small Friends Books series (co-published by Scale Free Network and CSIRO Publishing). These stories are partnership and cooperation in nature. Please join Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Gregory Crocetti and Briony Barr at ArtPlay for the launch of the third and brand new story in the Small Friends Books series.
The Small Friends Books series combines cutting-edge scientific research, rich narrative and delightful illustrations to tell stories that describe symbiotic partnerships between microbes and larger life forms.
Each book is also a kind of symbiosis: a collaboration between writers, scientists, artists, designers and educators.
Set in the soil, this science-adventure tale is the story of a tiny worm (a nematode) on a very big mission. An exhibition of original illustrations will also be on display. The age that is suitable for this book is from 5 to 12 years.
Each child at the event must be accompanied by an adult. If you are bringing more than one child, it is recommended that extra adults attend.
This event is by Art Play and here you can create accessories, jewellery or even a jet pack using recycled and up-cycled materials. ArtPlay is a place where children - right from babies to 12-year-olds, can explore their creativity and introduce unique artistic experiences with professional artists.
They have more than 300 workshops, events and performances every year. There are short workshops for young children and longer workshops for creative experiences for older children. The artists, workshop content and participants reflect some of Melbourne's diversity.