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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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Getty Center Family Festivals will return in September 2014.


Family Festival celebrating A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

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.


Ian Whitcomb and The Bungalow Boys —
British Music Hall Tunes

11:00–11:45 a.m. and 2:45–3:30 p.m.

These wide-ranging entertainers will present a program of songs, stories and monologues, as heard in the British music halls in their heyday of the late 1890s to early 1900s. The Bungalow Boys are a floating all-acoustic band specializing in classic American and British songs and have been performing with Whitcomb for 30 years.

Ian Whitelaw
12:15–12:45 p.m. and 4:00–4:30 p.m.

A world-renowned musician of 47 years, Ian Whitelaw brings his passion for highland music and dance to the Getty. Playing the Highland Bagpipe, Whitelaw and friends will present this remarkable instrument along with highland dancing for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Whitelaw will also be playing bagpipes throughout the day in various locations.

Pacific Opera Project (POP)
1:15–2:00 p.m. and 5:00–5:45 p.m.

Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operetta, The Mikado, has been delighting audiences since its premiere in 1885. In typical POP style, this classic is transported from the days of Japanese royalty in elaborate silk kimonos to gritty, modern-day Harajuku costume. Bold colors, eye-catching patterns, exotic garments (cut 'types') and interesting piercings abound to give this beloved classic a POP-worthy twist. POP brings eight singers to the Getty for a shortened version of this crowd-pleasing production. Perfect for all ages!

Snap Yourself
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Have your photo taken and then share them with your friends or subjects, much like Queen Victoria did in her day. Each picture will be printed with six images of the same photo so that you can also use them in the Festival workshops.


At home with LA Opera:
Songs from the Victorian Parlour

Noon–12:45 p.m. and 2:15–3:00 p.m.

LA Opera artists invite you to "join them in the parlour" for an afternoon around the piano as they perform popular and beloved songs of the 19th century. As the Victorian era progressed, more families were able to afford the luxury of a musical instrument and training. Families often enjoyed recreational music-making together before the arrival of the phonograph and radio. Some of the earliest parlour songs were adaptations of operatic hits and older folk ballads, inspired by love and nature. Later in the 19th century, composers such as Stephen Foster began to specifically compose and publish songs intended for amateur performance. Ironically, these very popular parlour songs were soon taken up by professional singers for public recitals!

"Home Sweet Home," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Vine, Vine and Eglantine," and "After the Ball" are a few of the delightful songs that will be performed...just don't be surprised if you are asked to sing along!

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Want to be Royal?
Girls and boys can make fun or elaborate tiaras and crowns, and imagine what it would be like to be Queen or King of the Getty.

Make a Photo Album
Participants can organize their Snap Yourself photos taken in the courtyard into a miniature photo album to remember their time as rulers of the Getty.

Portrait Postcards
Children can use one of the photos taken at Snap Yourself in the courtyard and turn it into a postcard to mail to family or friends.

Most recently in the series

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.

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 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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