Arts & Entertainment

Spot On Children’s Festival

Riverside Theatre has assembled a group that features some of the best children’s entertainment from around the country for its sixth annual Spot On Children’s Festival, running during the upcoming school holidays.

The jam-packed program of theatre, film, music and free events, will provide a plethora of ideas, knowledge and inspiration to all children who attend.

The ticket not only includes performances, but also screenings of classic children’s films. Including but not limited to; Beauty And The Beast and The Lego Batman Movie.

Program coordinator Amy Matthews said she, “wanted to ensure that our audiences are getting a great choice depending on what they’re interested in and that there are the opportunities for families to see multiple shows across the festival that are high quality but also very different. We’re basically trying to engineer a great and complete day out for every day of the festival!”

One of the focuses of the festival is its dedication to relaxed performances which sees the traditional rules of theatre dismissed to cater for young audiences with anxiety or additional needs; as well as Auslan Interpreted, Audio Described performances and Autism Spectrum guides.

When asked about what inspires the festival, Amy Matthews said that, “there weren’t any arts festivals for children in the area at the time Spot On started, and so many other cities have them, why not have one in Parramatta?! Festivals are a great way to generate a wonderful sense of community and atmosphere- and Spot On with the mix of free events, movies and theatre provides a perfect place for friends and families to catch up and come together in the school holidays to experience some great arts programming and make memories.”

Sep 26-30. Riverside Theatre, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. FREE-$26+b.f. Tickets & Info: or Ph: (02 ) 8839 3399

By Tommy Boutros

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