Bookings open for intercultural fun at Saiki Children's Day

THE Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum will come to life with the excitement of youth on May 30 for Saiki Children's Day 2014.

The event, initiated by the Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee and Council, offers children in the Gladstone region the opportunity to experience Japanese culture through fun hands-on art activities.

It will run from 10am until 1pm.

Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers said more than 700 children from local schools attended the event last year and expected a similar number again this year.

"The event is very popular among children from Prep to Year 7, offering a variety of activities such as Japanese calligraphy, sumo wrestler finger puppets, origami, Mt Shiroyama collage, Japanese fan making, and Kabuki face painting," Cr Sellers said.

"Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama and is known for the stylisation of its drama and the elaborate make-up worn by performers.

"Children will have an opportunity to have their faces painted using unique patterns and learn about traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre."

Cr Sellers encouraged all primary schools throughout the region to participate in this event to give children a glimpse of the lives of their peers in Japan.

"Council values its Sister City relationship with Saiki and so it would be particularly rewarding for children to learn and appreciate this relationship also," she said.

Saiki Children's Day is a free event however bookings are essential.

For more information phone the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum on 4976 6766 or visit the gallery and museum at the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Streets, Gladstone.

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