Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival 2019

Circus Trick Tease Children are StinkyBrighten up the school holidays with the beloved Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival as it returns for its tenth year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops and unique activities to bring children’s imaginations to life.

Running from Tuesday 2 – Friday 12 July across the City of Stonnington with the Festival Hub at Chapel Off Chapel, Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival features fantastic free and ticketed events happening daily.

The Festival Hub will feature Circus Trick Tease performing Children are Stinky, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, expect dare devil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning fast hula hoops and loads of laughs. Set in the 1990’s, in-jokes and cleverly choreographed nostalgic mash-up hooks provide parents with a trip down memory lane, this show will capture adults and children alike.

From the makers of Trash Test Dummies and Splash Test Dummies comes an all-new extraordinary adventure, Don’t Mess with the Dummies. Lions and tigers and dummies, oh my! Set up camp and stampede into the jungle for an outlandish, circus filled extravaganza that will leave you chuckling like a monkey and roaring for more.

Returning this year is one of the most recognised and trusted faces of Australian entertainment Justine Clarke presenting A Playdate with Justine Clarke. This best-selling children’s music artist, author and television presenter is much loved by the little tots. A show not to be missed it will be full of stories, singalongs and surprises.

The Victorian State Ballet presents The Nutcracker, an enchanting and much loved Christmas tale to be enjoyed all year round! This delightful classical ballet has enchanted children and grown-ups alike for generations. Join Clara as she ventures into her Nutcracker prince’s magical land. Delight in the famous sugar plum fairy pas de deux, breathtaking snow scenes, the colourful land of sweets and more!

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, is delighted to see Roola Boola back for the tenth year with such an exciting program, “The City of Stonnington is thrilled to host yet another year of what has become a much loved arts festival by both parents and children,” said Cr Stefanopoulos.

“The diverse program of performances, workshops and activities offer something for every child and all within the accessible ticket price of $15, with free events also, this festival encourages the whole community to get involved.”

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival takes place across the City of Stonnington: 2 – 12 July 2019. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Children are Stinky – courtesy of Circus Trick Tease