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Family festivals offer a day of celebration and discovery inspired by exhibitions at the Getty Center. Each unique festival features performances by local dance and music groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities.

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Family Festival Celebrating
The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

Dive into the wonderful world of color in this daylong family festival. Immerse yourself in red, blue and gold through multi-dimensional workshops and demonstrations. Experience the rainbow with our DJs spinning colorful tunes, enjoy evocative theater featuring life-sized puppets, conduct science experiments, and a grab a commemorative mini coloring book. This Getty-wide event takes you "under-color" for a day of learning and fun! Complements the exhibitions The Art of Alchemy, The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts, and The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Shades of Red with Sandy Rodriguez

Exquisite Scarlet Creatures

Work in teams of two or three to create a fantastic creature using many shades of red at our drop-in workshop. Fun for all ages and artistic abilities!

Red Pigment Demonstration
11:15 a.m.; 12:15; 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the manufacture of pigments and colored inks used for painting and writing manuscripts was part of the science of alchemy, a precursor of modern chemistry concerned with the transformation of matter. The current exhibitions examine colorants made from plants, minerals, and metals, as well as medieval recipes for pigments and imitation. Join artist Sandy Rodriguez for a demonstration and explore three types of organic red materials from insects, flowers, and tree bark.

Golden Letters with Marianne Sadowski
Inspired by medieval manuscripts? Create your own golden initial! Draw or trace your favorite letter onto provided parchment paper, fill in with gold and then decorate with entwined animals, flowers, or whatever your heart desires.

Coloring Corner
Bring your Festival program to the Coloring Corner and find an array of shades of blue, red and gold just waiting to be used on the coloring pages in your program. Illustrations by Claire McCracken.

In-di-GO! with Niki Livingston
Get familiar with this very special type of blue in a hands-on natural dye workshop. Indigo isn't just a shade of blue, it's also a leafy plant that has been used to dye fabric for thousands of years. Artist Niki Livingston will guide you through the magical and alchemical process of dipping white fabric into a green dye bath. Then, watch the fabric turn indigo before your very eyes!

Color-Vision! with Nate Larson
Since ancient times, people have used colors to affect their emotions and well-being. Learn how to create your own color-tinted glasses, so you can choose which color suits your mood and color your world!


DUBLAB DJs on the Main Stage
DJs will provide the perfect soundtrack for our COLORFUL Getty Family Festival, with DJ sets focusing on specific colors, exploring the intensity of red, the mystery of purple, or the vibrancy of yellow. Regardless of your color preference, each hour will be filled with curated sets that will turn you onto new sounds or get you moving along with familiar tunes. Check out the schedule below:
10 a.m.: Teebs (Green)
11 a.m.: Frosty (Gold)
12 p.m.: Hoseh (Yellow)
1 p.m.: DJ Lady C (Purple)
2 p.m.: Bianca Lexis (Red)
3 p.m.: Jimi Hey (Blue)
4 p.m.: Rani deLeon (Black)

Dance on the Main Stage with the MOVEMENT movement/Mecca Vazie Andrews
Every hour on the hour

Choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews' dances evolve throughout the day depending upon the position of the sun and inspired by the color chosen by the DJ of the hour. Each piece will be developed in direct relation to time, sonic inspiration, and the light spectrum of color.

Easy Alchemy with P.S. Science
Join P.S. Science Instructor Gigi Castello as she dazzles us with the science of color. From pH chemistry to capillary action rainbows, this family friendly demonstration will be a colorful reminder of why science is so fun!

P.S. Science is a non-profit organization bringing engaging science lessons to low-income elementary school classrooms in the Los Angeles area.


Rogue Artists Ensemble–The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
11:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m. and 2:30–3:10 p.m.

In a dull, gray, endless place called Cement Land, there lived a very special boy with a singular wish to uncover the mystery of the "specks"! Based on the book The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering, and featuring giant puppets, video projections, and original songs, this performance sweeps you into an adventure to bring color into the world.

Rogue Artists Ensemble is a collective of multi-disciplinary artists who create Hyper-theater, an innovative hybrid of theater traditions, puppetry, mask work, dance, music, and modern technology.

The Family Festival is produced for the J. Paul Getty Museum by Community Arts Resources.

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Family Festival celebrating In Focus: Animalia
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Family Festival celebrating In Focus: Play
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We're turning the Getty Center into a gigantic playground for this daylong festival celebrating the simple act of play in all of its forms. From hula hoops to dance workshops, and from chess masters to checkers, there's something for everyone in this fun-filled day. Storytelling and music mix with circus acts, board games, pick-up sticks, and the Getty's first ping-pong party. Get your game face on!

Family Festival celebrating Chivalry in the Middle Ages
September 20, 2014
Travel with your imagination to the age of chivalry in this daylong festival celebrating knights in armor, ladies of the court and all things noble, inspired by the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Listen to tales of Arthur's Round Table and deeds of great bravery through age-old stories and myths. Watch as a master blacksmith demonstrates how to forge a suit of armor, design a family coat of arms, and decorate a goblet for your own royal feast.

Family Festival celebrating A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
April 12, 2014
Hear ye! Hear ye! Her royal majesty Queen Victoria invites young and old alike to journey to her 19th-century realm via the magical world of photography and the excitement of a family festival. Visitors can enjoy the majestic bagpipe sounds of the Queen's beloved Scotland, sing along to boisterous English music hall tunes, revel in the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and have pictures taken to create a personal "carte de visite." Girls and boys can even make their own royal crown at a hands-on workshop. Kids of all ages can remember the day for the rest of his or her reign with a photo album of this royal visit to the Getty Center.

Family Festival celebrating Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister
October 19, 2013
Make the pilgrimage to Canterbury at this day-long immersive festival and be transported back to the medieval world. Experience the music and dance of Chaucer's time with LA-based Capella-Cordina, Brigid's Daughters and Ciaramella. Discover the richness of the Canterbury Tales through acclaimed performers We Tell Stories and David Prather, and create your own 21st-century version of a stained-glass window at one of the hands-on workshops.

Family Festival Celebrating Gardens of the Renaissance
June 8, 2013
Celebrate the Gardens of the Renaissance in this free daylong family festival. Create a garden of your very own or fashion a floral wreath at one the interactive workshops. Delight in the sounds of madrigals from the 15th and 16th centuries or listen to tales of distant kingdoms with renowned storytellers.

Family Festival Celebrating Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
April 13, 2013
Experience Korean culture in this family festival inspired by the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia. Master choreographers Kim Eung Hwa, Kwan Gyu Lim, and Don Kim present their world-class dance companies. Make your own charm, propeller, or Korean headdress at interactive workshops led by the Paper Culture Foundation.

Family Festival Celebrating Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
June 9, 2012
Delve into the world of celebrity, image, photography, and Los Angeles at this free daylong family festival inspired by the exhibitions Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity. Participants designed a magazine cover with a photo of themself as the featured celebrity, learned how to vogue like Madonna, and danced to the sounds of Los Angeles at the close of the 20th century.

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October 22, 2011
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Family Festival Celebrating Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
June 4, 2011
Visitors experienced the beauty and wonder of Cambodia in this daylong celebration complementing the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. This festival featured traditional Cambodian music and dance performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling with Sheetal Gandhi, and a fashion show featuring traditional Cambodian clothing.

Family Festival Celebrating Photography from the New China and Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
March 19, 2011
Visitors discovered the richness and beauty of the ancient empires of India, Japan, and China as well as recent explosions in artistic creativity. This festival featured traditional Chinese opera, Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and the amazing music and dance of these vibrant cultures. Inspired by Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Photography from the New China.

Family Festival Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Innovation
June 5, 2010
Visitors entered the world of Leonardo da Vinci and Italian culture in this daylong celebration with music, theater, storytelling, and interactive workshops. Featured were the tale of Pinocchio as performed by Will & Company, the timeless magic of commedia dell'arte in The World on the Moon directed by Orlando Pabotoy, folk music by Musicàntica, story teller Carl Weintraub as Leonardo da Vinci, and art-making workshops including making a sketchbook inspired by Leonardo's drawings, creating a maquette of an equestrian monument, making a frame and designing a postcard. Inspired by the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention.

Family Festival Celebrating French Art and Culture
September 12, 2009
Vive la France! Visitors enjoyed a day in the Gallic countryside with this Family Festival, which featured the chanteuse Jessica Fichot as well as the cosmopolitan sounds of Jean-Paul Monsché. The event also featured folktales and the giant fantastic creatures by Dragon Knights. Inspired by two exhibitions: Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes and Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution.

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