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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Puppets, art and dance launch children’s book at Newcastle Libraries

What does an inflatable crocodile, giant dragonfly and Kakadu-themed shadow puppets have in common? 

They will all appear as part of Newcastle Libraries Dry to Dry The Seasons of Kakadu and The Outback exhibition launch these school holidays. 

Curious Legends will facilitate the launch with free art workshops, a reading from the book, Aboriginal dancers, music, multimedia projections and food trucks to celebrate the opening of the Dry to Dry The Seasons of Kakadu and The Outback exhibitions at Newcastle Libraries.

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu is a beloved book by award-winning author Pamela Freeman and illustrator Liz Anelli, published by Walker Books in 2020. 

The book follows the extraordinary journey of the changing seasons and wildlife in Kakadu through gorgeous artwork.

The book is a follow-up to the award-winning Desert Lake, a stunningly illustrated and extraordinary story of the yearly weather cycle and attendant changing wildlife of Kakadu National Park, from the Dry to the Wet to the Dry again.

Curious Legends artistic director Mitchell Reese says the free event was set to be a unique experience.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to bring the world of the book to life for families in Newcastle to experience,” he said.

The event will launch the two exhibitions at the Lovett Gallery within the Newcastle City Library, Laman Street. 

Families will have the opportunity to participate through interactive shadow puppetry workshops and performances, as well as experiencing the larger-than-life exhibition.

The exhibition will run until 21 August.

For more information go to www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/library

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