The Getty Center
Family Festival celebrating Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no reservations required.
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.
Museum Courtyard Stage
10:30–11:15 a.m. and 2:30–3:15 p.m.
Musical scholar and choral director Dr. Alejandro Planchart directs and records historically informed productions of often obscure, but vital, liturgical Medieval and Renaissance music. His group, the Capella-Cordina, will perform the Mass for Pentecost in Aquitaine (composed in 1000-1050) in six-voice harmony. The liturgy for the Feast of Pentecost will be presented as it would have been heard in numerous abbeys in the French regions of Albi and Toulose.
Noon–12:45 p.m. and 3:45–4:30 p.m.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales were full of lusty peasant pipers and players of rustic dance music. Hear Ciaramella perform Pipers and Pilgrims, songs and dances from Chaucer's England played on bagpipes, shawms, recorders, lute, and hurdy gurdy. Join in the fun, singing and dancing along with the ensemble!
We Tell Stories
1:15–2:00 p.m. and 5:00–5:45 p.m.
We Tell Stories entertains with its frolicking, audience-participatory interpretation of tales told on the road to Canterbury.
11:45–12:15 p.m. and 1:30–2:00 p.m.
Colleen Russell and Stephanie Molen, scholars of Dr. Alejandro Planchart, will sing English, French, German and Italian songs of the medieval period in two-voice harmony, accompanied by guitar and percussion. They will explore both secular and sacred music of the era.
Museum Lecture Hall
11:30–12:15 p.m. and
Join entertaining actor/storyteller David Prather as he takes you on a family friendly exploration of Chaucer's rollicking Canterbury Tales—medieval stories of noble knights and chivalry, romantic tales of love's labors lost, and the fable of the rooster who outfoxed the fox! Bring your own horse!
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Go for the Gold: Hand-Made Illumination with Asuka Hisa
Bring precious touches of gold, color, and lettering to your own artwork by making a booklet inspired by the Getty's collection of Illuminated Manuscripts.
Using a variety of gold and translucent papers, decorate a frame to display your postcard-sized art.
Guests will make a triptych of translucent shapes simulating the stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral.
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.
Pacific Standard Time Family Festival
October 22, 2011
Inspired by art in L.A., this daylong festival invited a new generation of local artists to reinterpret the creative legacy of artists featured in the Pacific Standard Time initiative. Guests discovered special performances and unexpected installations by Machine Project, Kim Ye, and other local artists, made their own mail art, helped to recreate a version of Di Suvero's Peace Tower with Becca Lofchie, and so much more at this only-in-Los Angeles event! This event was part of Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center.
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 Music�ntica, 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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