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.

July 21 - July 23 2022

Bees at BorderLight Festival (USA)

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

An outdoor Bees production photo. Two Polyglot artists in intricate black and yellow bee costumes engage with the blue, yellow and black 'hive' set piece. Two children watch, one pointing with their arm outstretched. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

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. 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 is presented by BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival, with generous support from Cleveland Public Library. Polyglot is working in partnership with Inlet Dance Theatre to deliver this season.

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

Eastman Reading Garden
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
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Thursday 21 July
3pm, 4pm

Friday 22 July
4pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8pm

Saturday 23 July
12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4pm, 6pm

  • Bees will take place outdoors, on a paved surface. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles.
  • The Eastman Reading Garden is wheelchair-accessible.
  • The closest bathrooms and baby changing stations can be found in the Louis Stokes Wing (525 Superior).
  • All facilities at the Cleveland Public Library are ADA compliant.


  • 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.
  • Strollers are welcome at Bees. Strollers 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 bathrooms and baby changing stations can be found in the Louis Stokes Wing (525 Superior).


Metered parking is available nearby on East 6th between Rockwell and Superior, including designated accessible spaces.

Public Transport

Bus routes 3, 9, 11, 14-14A, 15, 39, 55-55B-55C and 251 stop at Superior Av & E 6th St. It is approximately 0.1 mile to the Eastman Reading Garden from these stops.

To plan your trip using public transport, please visit

Welcome back! It is with great pride that we build our 2022 Festival to illuminate the borders that divide us and foster reciprocal connections between Cleveland and the global community, especially as we move out of this period of isolation. After the last two years, we all deserve a jolt from the normal, and artists deserve a platform for their work. BorderLight will remain anchored in downtown Cleveland, in venues from Playhouse Square to Public Square, making the festival accessible to visitors from across the city and beyond. We will be thoughtful as we plan our 2022 Festival to make sure the safety of our patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is foremost.

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