It’s a celebration, it’s costumed chaos, it’s an Opera House takeover for music’s littlest fans: Dress Up Attack! For Children and Grown Ups makes a triumphant return to Vivid LIVE on Sunday 29 May as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.
Ben Marshall, Festival Curator – Vivid LIVE, said: “Taking my two small boys to Dress Up Attack! was one of my absolute highlights of Vivid LIVE last year. I find that normally kids events are madness without the thoughtfulness, or thoughtfulness without the madness, but Dress Up Attack! struck me as nearly unique in that it nailed both qualities in style. And they did it with music you wanted to listen to as well. They’ve outdone themselves with the program this year and we’re very proud to welcome them back – it is just so much fun.”
Dress Up Attack!, a festival-within-a-festival for children two-to-eight (and their responsible adults), debuted in the Joan Sutherland Theatre as part of Vivid LIVE 2015. This year, The Walkmen’sWalter Martin, his band and guest vocalists Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby will channel their inner child performing songs about chimpanzees and rattlesnakes from the 2014 album We’re All Young Together.
Meanwhile, in the Northern Foyers, it’s never too early to dance. From midday on Sunday the 29th, the Opera House turns into a day party, with DJ Levins’ Goodgod favourite, Rhythm of the Night, resurrected as Rhythm of the Day for those with a less flexible bedtime. Kinderling Kids Radio Disco and Gay Panda & Gay Duck — some of Sydney’s best DJs appropriately attired in furry skins — are back with music, costumes, movement and hugs for expressive dancers of all ages.
Grug, everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic Burrawang tree, will wander the corridors of the Opera House along with his canine friend Duggee — who’ll be giving out Duggee Hugs, of course.Awesome People Reading Books is back, along with some surprise guests. Also filling the foyers:Jumbo LEGO, a ribbon tent, art workshops, ball pits, blow-up board games and other activities to keep minds moving and senses tingling.
Dress Up Attack! started in Sydney’s Inner West in 2012 as a neighbourhood festival on a mission to celebrate contemporary music, interactive arts and the natural environment, with just a bit of teaching and learning along the way. Last year’s debut at Vivid LIVE featured Aussie ‘90s pop-punk band Ratcat, Holly Throsby and The Hello Tigers, Ro Sham Bo and Stereogamous.