May 14 - May 15 2022

Ants at Cairns Children’s Festival

Ants is an interactive performance which brings children together to explore the landscape around them.

An outdoor Ants production photo. A Polyglot artist in an intricate Ant costume interacts with a child wearing a blue jumper and handmade paper antennae. Green grass and shrubs are visible in the background.

Ants is an interactive performance which brings children together to explore the landscape around them.

Ants as big as humans work together intently, collecting and placing hundreds of giant bread crumbs, and children are irresistibly drawn closer to find out how they can join in. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, with children’s movement making lines and patterns, transforming public space and disrupting the everyday. Children choose how they interact with the big insects, becoming Ant-like creatures themselves and taking part in their world. This is an enchanting and unusual experience that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.

Saturday 14 May

The Court House
38 Abbott St
Cairns City QLD 4870

10.30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3pm

Sunday 15 May

Tanks Arts Centre
46 Collins Ave
Cairns QLD 4870

10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm

  • Ants will take place outdoors, on grass, at both The Court House and Tanks Arts Centre. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles.
  • There are bathrooms in The Court House, including a wheelchair accessible bathroom. The Court House entrance is wheelchair accessible.
  • At Tanks Arts Centre, there is one accessible bathroom near the main entrance to Tank 5, an accessible bathroom in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre (subject to opening hours) as well as an accessible toilet on the Gondwanan Lawn, leading into Flecker Gardens.
  • There is no ATM at The Court House or Tanks Arts Centre.
  • While there is no reserved/specific quiet space, children and families can leave Ants at any time to have a break and return either within the session or come to another session.
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  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the landscape.
  • Ants will take place outdoors in daylight. There will be no bright or flashing lights.
  • Ants contains some amplified sound that is played through portable speakers.
  • There is a wheelchair accessible baby change facility in the accessible toilet in The Court House and the Tanks Arts Centre.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the Ants performance space where possible.
  • The nearest place to purchase refreshments are the Woolworths supermarket across the road from The Court House and Tank Sixty Four cafe at the Tanks Arts Centre.
  • You are also welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking before or after Ants.
  • Prams can be parked alongside the performance space.

The Court House

  • There is paid street parking near The Court House – $3 per hour (approximately). There is one accessible parking space.
  • The closest public transport is via the main bus stop on Lake St in the city.

Tanks Arts Centre

  • There is free street parking along Collins Ave. The Tank 2 car park is located at 20 Collins Ave.
  • There are three accessible parking spaces available directly in front of the main entrance to the Tanks Arts Centre. There is also one parking spot located further along Collins Ave, and two next to Tank Sixty Four Cafe (64 Collins Ave).
  • There is a dedicated drop-off and pick up zone at the Tanks Arts Centre main entrance on Collins Ave. This can be used by taxis, rideshare or private cars.
  • The closest public transport is via the main bus stop at the Botanic Gardens.

Cairns Children’s Festival is a celebration of creativity, play and our littlest people. Activities, exhibitions and competitions are held each year in May across Cairns arts venues.

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Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.