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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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Conservation Ambassadors, screech Owls Atlas and Axis
 

Family Festival Celebrating
The Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no ticket required.



Lions and tigers and bears and...unicorns and bearded dragons – OH MY! Find delight and wonder in fantastic animals, real and imagined, who will roam the Getty inspired by the exhibition The Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World. Become a winged, hoofed, or scaled animal yourself through hands-on demonstrations, performances and workshops. Whether you prefer real or fanciful creatures, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this beastly festival!

COURTYARD STAGE

Rangoli Dance Company
Vahanas: God's Own Vehicles
10:30–11:15 a.m. & 2:00–2:45 p.m.

Inspired by the vahanas, animals ridden by gods in the Hindu pantheon, Malathi Iyengar creates dances that portray these mythological figures through symbols and storytelling. The significance of these vahanas lies both in the mundane and the spiritual. Using vibrant rhythms, sweeping gestures, and facial expressions, dancers showcase bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) and folk movements to depict the gods and their animal mounts. Some of the deity and animal pairs include: Ganesha and mooshika (mouse), Shiva and nandi (bull), Muruga and mayura (peacock), and Vishnu and garuda (eagle).

Rangoli Dance Company
 


Conservation Ambassadors
Live Animal Presentation
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 3:15–4:00 p.m.

Reality is often stranger than fiction! Meet the real live animals that inspired ancient myths. Conservation Ambassadors, a rescue sanctuary and education organization, is here to connect you with this mythical wild world. Come face-to-face with a bearded dragon, giant African frog, parrot, African crested porcupine, lemur, screech owl, and alligator!

Conservation Ambassadors, Bacari a black and white ruffed lemur
 


Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Circus
1:00–1:30 p.m. & 4:45–5:15 p.m.

Los Angeles' beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater brings The Circus to the Getty in a wonderful display of circus merriment—all on strings! Let the puppeteers wow you with their cast of animals, clowns, and more! With beautifully handcrafted puppets, and songs that are sure to stick in your head, this show is one not to be missed!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber
 


Creative Faces Animal Face Painting
OUTDOOR ROOM, MUSEUM COURTYARD
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. last seating at 5:30 p.m.

Our talented artists will transform you into your favorite animal friend! You too can become a beast like the ones seen in the Book of Beasts exhibition.

Creative Faces Animal Face Painting
 


Where the Wild Beasts Roam
OUTDOOR ROOM, MUSEUM COURTYARD
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Artist Kiel Johnson has rounded up three glorious beasts discovered during an exploration of medieval prints and drawings. He has captured their images in life-size form for you to meet and photograph. Don't worry—they will be fed before the event.

A Mythical Encounter
FRONT OF THE MUSEUM
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Become a unicorn, Pegasus, or centaur with Kiel Johnson's interactive sculpture.

Dragon Knights
MUSEUM ENTRANCE
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 12:30–1:00 p.m., 1:30–2:00 p.m., 3:00–3:30 p.m.

High above the crowd, fantastic creatures on stilts will amaze you. Catch a glimpse of the glittery dragonfly, royal griffin, and colorful shaman. An up-close encounter with these characters is a special experience to behold.

Dragon Knights. Photo: Aaron Paley
 


Reading: Don't Let the Beasties Escape This Book!
GRI LECTURE HALL
11:30 a.m.–Noon & 1:45–2:15 p.m.

Strange and magical things can happen when you peek inside a Book of Beasts! Join award-winning author Julie Berry, and illustrator April Lee, for a reading of their new children's book, Don't Let the Beasties Escape This Book! Stick around after the reading for a live drawing demonstration and Q&A with Assistant Curator, Larisa Grollemond. Beasties bookmarks will be provided to all attendees. Don't miss out on the fun!

Don’t let the Beasties Escape This Book
 


WORKSHOPS
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. with last seating at 5:30 p.m.

Unicorn Magic with Marianne Sadowski
MUSEUM ENTRANCE

Create a unique unicorn headdress with diverse collage materials and wear it while discovering the beastly magic at the Getty.

Unicorn Magic
 


Wing Bling with Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
SOUTH PLANTER

Glide through the museum with your own pair of wings! Turn into the sky-soaring beasts of your dreams through this interactive workshop. Choose to be an extraordinary dragon, a majestic bird of prey, or even a winged Pegasus!

Beastly Frames
FAMILY ROOM

Add something special to your photos with a handmade frame. Design it with your favorite animal's aesthetic—whether scaly, fury, or feathered. Your favorite photo will come alive in a new wild way.

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

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