May 21 2022

Bees at Bayside Autumn Fest 2022

Bees is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder and imagination.

A Bees production photo. A Polyglot artist in an intricate Bee costume stands in a stylised position. In the background are children and other artists in Bee costumes. They are on a green lawn, with trees and blue sky in the background.

Presented by Bayside City Council

Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space.

Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses and vibrant pollen. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.

Bees was developed through Polyglot’s Generator program, with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the Sidney Myer Fund.

Logos: Creative Victoria, Sidney Myer Fund, City of Yarra



  • Bees will take place outdoors, on grass. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles.
  • There are wheelchair accessible public toilets near the Bent Avenue Playground.
  • While there is no reserved/specific quiet space, children and families can leave Bees at any time to have a break, and return either within the session or come to another session.
  • For any access enquiries at Bayside Autumn Fest, please contact: or (03) 9261 7111.


  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the landscape. Some participants may prefer a gentle experience, others may be more energetic.
  • Bees will take place outdoors in daylight. There will be no bright or flashing lights.
  • Bees contains amplified sound and music that is played through portable speakers.
  • Prams are welcome at Bees. Prams can be parked alongside the performance space.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the Bees performance space where possible.
  • The closest places to purchase refreshments are the cafes along Ormond Rd.

More information coming soon.

Public Transport

Elsternwick Station (Sandringham line) is approximately 400m from Elsternwick Park. It has a lift, accessible parking, accessible toilets, lighting and tactile ground surface indicators.

Bus routes 606 and 630 stop at Elsternwick Park/Bent Ave.
Bus routes 603 and 606 stop at New St/Rusden St.
Bus route 246 stops at Brighton Rd/Glen Huntly Rd.

Tram route 67 stops at Elsternwick Railway Station/Glenhuntly Rd #44.

It’s time to reconnect as a community with great food, live music, and fun in Bayside’s beautiful open spaces. We’ve created a fabulous new outdoor festival showcasing the best of Bayside – grab your family and friends and join us for Autumn Fest.

For more information, visit

Watch the trailer


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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.