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Arrival: The Reeflings

When

Tue 19 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Wed 20 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Thu 21 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Fri 22 Jan, 9.30am & 11am
Sat 23 Jan, 9.30am (Auslan), 11am & 12.30pm
Sun 24 Jan, 9.30am & 11am (Auslan)

Where

Our pop up Box Office will be located in Sacred Heart Courtyard please find the precinct map here

Cost

Tickets are free, and must be booked in advance.
Limit of 50 people per session.

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When

Tue 19 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Wed 20 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Thu 21 Jan, 9.30am, 11am & 12.30pm
Fri 22 Jan, 9.30am & 11am
Sat 23 Jan, 9.30am (Auslan), 11am & 12.30pm
Sun 24 Jan, 9.30am & 11am (Auslan)

Where

Our pop up Box Office will be located in Sacred Heart Courtyard please find the precinct map here

Cost

Tickets are free, and must be booked in advance.
Limit of 50 people per session.

Book Now

Something is hatching at the Convent.

This January, come and meet The Reeflings—a strange and remarkable species of coral, now living at the Convent! In the face of coral reef destruction, Reeflings have evolved to live on the land. They have journeyed across the country—from the coast all the way to Abbotsford—and scientists have just discovered some of their eggs nestled amongst our gardens and grounds!

Once these precious eggs hatch, the young Reeflings will need your help to adapt to their new surroundings! Led by scientists, you’ll teach the hatchlings all about their weird new neighbours (humans!) and help them to discover new and fun ways to communicate with the world.

Arrival: The Reeflings is an interactive outdoor performance for children aged 5-11, and their families. Together you’ll go on a journey through the Convent, playing with inflatable sculptures, sounds and language to create words, names and meanings—helping these friendly creatures create their new language.

Recommended for children aged 5-11 and their families.

Please note, all children must be accompanied by a parent, carer or guardian.

Presented by Abbotsford Convent and Memetica for Convent Kids.

Bookings

Tickets are free, and must be booked in advance here

Important information

Participants will be led on a guided walk between two different performance locations.

This is an outdoor event, including in areas of full sun. You will be walking and standing, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress-weather appropriately.

Performances will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather (heat/rain/wind), and you will be notified of this in advance of your booked performance. If performances are cancelled it is not guaranteed we can exchange your ticket for another performance if tickets are no longer available.

Access

There are two Auslan-led performances: Saturday 23 January 9.30am and Sunday 24 January 11am. These performances are suitable for Deaf, hard of hearing and Auslan users. Luke Duncan King is a visual artist, performer and is Deaf too. 

Participants will be led on a guided walk between different performance locations in the Convent gardens and grounds. Access through the gardens and grounds is via pathways that are mostly bituminised; however some are dirt/gravel, are difficult to navigate, and assistance may be required to ensure wheelchair accessibility. Gradients vary from gentle slopes to the north to fairly steep slopes to the south.

Performance locations are outdoors and open to the public and there may be some background noise from other events happening at the Convent.

Your safety is our priority

We take your safety seriously and have put in place the following COVID safety measures to ensure you are able to feel free and have fun with the family at our event.

  • Capacity of each session is 50 to ensure social distancing and to comply with the government directions;
  • The performance / participation area area will be demarcated for the event to ensure members of the public are aware and to ensure physical distancing;
  • You are encouraged to bring your own water bottle and water as fountains at the Convent have been closed to reduce contamination; and
  • Convent Kids facilitators will be at each session to assist you and ensure your safety.

Please note: we will continue to adhere to government restrictions, and will notify you directly if this affects this program.

Thank you!

This Convent Kids project was made possible through the support of Abbotsford Convent and the City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Communities Grants program, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.