From a pyrotechnic and percussion led CBD street takeover, to kids learning the art of a cut and colour, to a spellbinding stage show from one of Australia’s most renowned puppetry companies and finest children’s playwrights, to a stunning array of free visual arts exhibitions and installations, to the Festival’s closing celebration of diversity through an exchange of coffee, tea and music, the 2016 Melbourne Festival program is loaded with free and family friendly public performances, artworks, shows, workshops and panels to suit children and adults of all ages and interests.

The Melbourne Festival takes place from 6-23 October 2016. For a full program of family and free events visit