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Family Festival
August 5, 2006, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a day of artistic collaboration on stage, in the gardens, and at the art-making tables at this Family Festival inspired by the current exhibition Rubens & Brueghel: A Working Friendship.

Japanese taiko meets classical Indian dance, musicians pay a tuneful tribute to the spirit of Ellis Island, and kids can mix and match their own magical menagerie.

All events are free; no reservations required.

Explore the day's program:

Music, Dance, and Acrobatics


Art-Making Workshops

Getty Center Family Festival

Music, Dance, and Acrobatics

Ellis Island Band's Cooperating Hands Across Many Borders
Artists from varied cultural music styles join forces for a truly unique performance. Experience an artistic collaboration that blends the melodies, rhythms, and cultures of Yiddish, Spanish, Armenian, Polish, Ladino, Ukrainian, Korean, and more. Featuring John Bilezikjian, Adam Ramirez's Los Dorados, Bernie Hill, Roman Czarny, and additional guests.
11:00–11:45 a.m.
2:45–3:30 p.m.
Museum Courtyard Stage

Arpana Dance Company and Kinnara Taiko
Arpana Dance Company and Kinnara Taiko come together to create a distinctive audiovisual collage that exemplifies artistic collaboration. Arpana (Sanskrit for "offering") performs Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance tradition synthesizing art, literature, poetry, sculpture, and music. Formed in 1969, Kinnara Taiko is one of the oldest taiko groups in the United States. Kinnara (Sanskrit for "celestial musicians") is based in the tradition of Japanese and Japanese American festival drumming, which blends traditional Japanese rhythms with American musical influences such as rock and jazz.
1:00–1:45 p.m.
4:45–5:30 p.m.
Museum Courtyard Stage

Hollywood Aerial Arts Academy
Back from their crowd-pleasing Getty Center debut in June, this local circus arts troupe partners together to create exciting combinations. The group combines the talents of top designers and artists to create spectacular performances that blend aerial artistry, magical innovation, and cutting-edge production technology.
12:00–12:20 p.m.
2:00–2:20 p.m.
3:40–4:00 p.m.
5:30–5:50 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Family Performers

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Michael D. McCarty & Ted Falcon: World Tricksters and Wise Fools
Michael D. McCarty, a storyteller whose motto is "Have mouth—will run it," shares folk tales he has collected and experienced along his travels to over 20 countries. Multi-instrumentalist Ted Falcon highlights these stories with music and sound, adding themes and resonance to the characters. In every culture, all over the world, are tricksters and wise fools. Come hear a collection of some of these stories that will entertain, engage, amuse, and perhaps even enlighten.
12:30–1:15 p.m.
2:30–3:15 p.m.
4:15–5:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

Ted Falcon

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Art-Making Workshops

Mix-and-Match Puppets with Sean Gall
Collaborate with a friend or family member to design a unique puppet. Have fun creating legs and a head and matching them with your partner's torso and feet—see what's revealed when the parts come together!
Museum Courtyard
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

A Menagerie and Landscape Collage with David Orozco
Inspired by Rubens and Breughel's animal and landscape collaborations, create an enchanted place where animals love to roam, then select and decorate silhouettes of animals to add. Share your work with neighbors, family, and friends to make your own collaborative piece.
Getty Research Institute Lawn
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Create and Send Your Own Postcard
Create a souvenir of your visit to the Getty Museum using postcards, paintbrush pens, and stamps. We will mail your postcard anywhere in the world!
Central Garden
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Create a Frame
Decorate a picture frame to display your favorite postcard-size art.
Garden Terrace
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

art-making workshop

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How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is $7 per car and subject to availability. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

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