The Festival of Soil

  • Sun Aug 18 2019
  • $0.00

Head to ArtPlay this week for The Festival of the Soil - a celebration of the hidden worlds beneath our feet, 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 - a microbiologist, two artists and a writer who collaborate to create stories for children set in the microscopic world. 

Featuring an interactive microscope station, collaborative drawing, 'soil pit' experiments, a live storytelling and an immersive, soil-inspired performance, we will also be celebrating the launch of Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles - the newest story in the Small Friends Books series (co-published by Scale Free Network and CSIRO Publishing).

Set in the soil, this science-adventure tale is told by a tiny worm (a nematode) on a very big mission. An exhibition of original illustrations will also be on display. 

Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are bringing more than one child, we recommend that extra adults attend.

Please contact us if you or your child has any access requirements.

What you need to know

When: Sunday August 18

Where: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Behind Federation Square

Cost: Free

Ages: 5 to 12 years

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Image credit: City of Melbourne