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Family Festival
Sunday, May 31, 2009
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Explore the living arts of the ancient world with a day of music, storytelling, and art-making inspired by the current exhibitions at the Getty Villa. Make Olympic-inspired headgear, explore the music of the Mediterranean, and create art like the ancients!

Admission is free; an advance, timed ticket is required. Each ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 or under with you in one car. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below to check availability.

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Explore the day's program:

Music and Dance


Art-Making Workshops

Musicantica performs at the Getty

Music and Dance

Musicantica: Italian Folk Music
Roberto Catalano and Enzo Fina perform Italian folk music, dance, and love songs based in southern Italy's oral traditions, using mostly native instruments.
11:15 a.m.–noon
1:15–2:00 p.m.
Herb Garden

3:00–3:45 p.m.
Auditorium Plaza

Fishtank Ensemble: Music of the Eastern Mediterranean and Balkans
Fishtank Ensemble serves up a unique and worldly musical melange. With Romanian folk music at its center, the band melds flamenco, Swedish folk music, and klezmer reminiscent of the smoky cafés of Bucharest and gypsy caravans.
12:00–12:45 p.m.
2:00–2:45 p.m.
4:00–4:45 p.m.
Inner Peristyle

Dionysos: Greek Folk Music and Dance
Led by well-known performer and teacher Athan Karras, Dionysos explores Greek folk dance and music of the many provinces and islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas.
1:00–1:45 p.m.
3:45–4:30 p.m.

Fishtank Ensemble

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We Tell Stories: The Whole Life of Hercules
Performing in a fun-filled, improvisational style, We Tell Stories chronicles the life, death, and all 12 labors of the greatest hero in Greek mythology. A madcap mythological adventure for the entire family!
11:00–11:45 a.m.
2:15–3:00 p.m.

We Tell Stories performs The Whole Life of Hercules

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Art-Making Workshops

Ancient Action Figures with Marni Gittleman
Mix and match attributes of ancient figures to sculpt a modern-day identity. Cast and combine arms attributed to Alexander the Great with the body type of Bacchus. Work with press molds and modeling compound to construct and re-construct identity, taking inspiration from the exhibition Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last seating at 4:30 p.m.)
Outer Peristyle

Wreath Workshop
In ancient Greece, Olympic champions and other victors were crowned with wreaths of olive and laurel. Become a champion yourself when you make your own wreath.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last seating at 4:30 p.m.)
Outer Peristyle

Herculaneum Alfresco
Join artist Liz Glynn and participate in the creation of a life-sized copy of one of the famed fresco rooms in Herculaneum, the site of the Villa dei Papiri that inspired the Getty Villa. Families can assist in painting the illusionistic wall patterns and can take away a fragment of their work at the end of the day.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (last seating at 4:30 p.m.)
Education Court

Art workshop at the Getty Villa

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How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

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