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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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Family Festival celebrating Chivalry in the Middle Ages

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

Travel with your imagination to the age of chivalry in this daylong festival celebrating knights in armor, ladies of the court and all things noble, inspired by the exhibition Chivalry in the Middle Ages. Listen to tales of Arthur's Round Table and deeds of great bravery through age-old stories and myths. Watch as a master blacksmith demonstrates how to forge a suit of armor, design a family coat of arms, and decorate a goblet for your own royal feast.


Les Enfans Sans Abri - A Knight To Remember: The Chivalrous Tale of Gillion de Trazegnies
11:15–Noon and 2:30–3:15 p.m.

A tale of a noble knight who makes a vow to his new bride that takes him far from home and the adventures (and misadventures) this promise gets him into. When the two finally meet up again fifteen years later... each has quite a surprise for the other!

We Tell Stories - The Chivalry of Knights and Samurai
1:00–1:45 p.m. and 4:15–5:00 p.m.

With their signature sense of humor and audience participation, We Tell Stories will examine the chivalric code—Honor, Valor, and Devotion—through stories from the court of King Arthur to the ancient dynasties of Japan.


Music of the Middle Ages
Noon–4:00 p.m.
Members from the USC Collegium perform festive songs and dances of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, played on lutes, guitars, recorders, and shawms by strolling minstrels. Featuring the greatest hits of the courtly jousting ear, from "rostibolli gioiso" to improvisations over Greensleeves - the birth of the four-chord progression!


Jousting and Jesting with David Prather
12:15–1:00 p.m. and 3:30–4:15 p.m.
Chivalry is not dead! Come slay dragons, joust with knights and rescue damsels in distress—fun for the whole family!


Arms and Armor
Noon–4:00 p.m.
Master blacksmith armorer Tony Swatton of Sword and Stone demonstrates materials and techniques used in making arms and armor of the Middle Ages.


Academy of Arms
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Don't miss our medieval combat exhibition. Mock duels, weapon and armor displays, historical fencing lessons for children and adults, and much more!

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
(last seating at 5:30 p.m.)

Noble Goblets
Bring the Middle Ages into our current day by making a goblet of visual splendor. Create individualized designs inspired by medieval manuscripts.

Wave Your Arms in the Air
Design your own coat of arms on a flag and march it around the Getty grounds. Participants will use traditional imagery and discover the meanings behind these symbols.

Illuminated Frames
Using a variety of gold pens and translucent papers, decorate a frame to display your postcard-sized art.

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Family Festival celebrating A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
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Family Festival celebrating Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister
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Make the pilgrimage to Canterbury at this day-long immersive festival and be transported back to the medieval world. Experience the music and dance of Chaucer's time with LA-based Capella-Cordina, Brigid's Daughters and Ciaramella. Discover the richness of the Canterbury Tales through acclaimed performers We Tell Stories and David Prather, and create your own 21st-century version of a stained-glass window at one of the hands-on workshops.

Family Festival Celebrating Gardens of the Renaissance
June 8, 2013
Celebrate the Gardens of the Renaissance in this free daylong family festival. Create a garden of your very own or fashion a floral wreath at one the interactive workshops. Delight in the sounds of madrigals from the 15th and 16th centuries or listen to tales of distant kingdoms with renowned storytellers.

Family Festival Celebrating Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia
April 13, 2013
Experience Korean culture in this family festival inspired by the exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia. Master choreographers Kim Eung Hwa, Kwan Gyu Lim, and Don Kim present their world-class dance companies. Make your own charm, propeller, or Korean headdress at interactive workshops led by the Paper Culture Foundation.

Family Festival Celebrating Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
June 9, 2012
Delve into the world of celebrity, image, photography, and Los Angeles at this free daylong family festival inspired by the exhibitions Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity. Participants designed a magazine cover with a photo of themself as the featured celebrity, learned how to vogue like Madonna, and danced to the sounds of Los Angeles at the close of the 20th century.

Pacific Standard Time Family Festival
October 22, 2011
Inspired by art in L.A., this daylong festival invited a new generation of local artists to reinterpret the creative legacy of artists featured in the Pacific Standard Time initiative. Guests discovered special performances and unexpected installations by Machine Project, Kim Ye, and other local artists, made their own mail art, helped to recreate a version of Di Suvero's Peace Tower with Becca Lofchie, and so much more at this only-in-Los Angeles event! This event was part of Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center.

Family Festival Celebrating Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
June 4, 2011
Visitors experienced the beauty and wonder of Cambodia in this daylong celebration complementing the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. This festival featured traditional Cambodian music and dance performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling with Sheetal Gandhi, and a fashion show featuring traditional Cambodian clothing.

Family Festival Celebrating Photography from the New China and Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
March 19, 2011
Visitors discovered the richness and beauty of the ancient empires of India, Japan, and China as well as recent explosions in artistic creativity. This festival featured traditional Chinese opera, Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and the amazing music and dance of these vibrant cultures. Inspired by Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Photography from the New China.

Family Festival Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Innovation
June 5, 2010
Visitors entered the world of Leonardo da Vinci and Italian culture in this daylong celebration with music, theater, storytelling, and interactive workshops. Featured were the tale of Pinocchio as performed by Will & Company, the timeless magic of commedia dell'arte in The World on the Moon directed by Orlando Pabotoy, folk music by Musicàntica, story teller Carl Weintraub as Leonardo da Vinci, and art-making workshops including making a sketchbook inspired by Leonardo's drawings, creating a maquette of an equestrian monument, making a frame and designing a postcard. Inspired by the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention.

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