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.

April 12 2024

Bees at Children’s Food Bowl Festival

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 black and yellow Bee costume kneels on green grass, engaging with two small children. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

Sponsored by Healthy Kids Advisors and Greater Shepparton 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. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.



  • 10:30am and 11:30am
  • 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 does not use bright or flashing lights.
  • Bees contains amplified sound and music that is played through portable speakers.
  • A visual story to help your family prepare for the experience is available to view/download here.


How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.


  • Free all day parking is located on Tom Collins Drive on the northern end of the Lake.


Public Transport



  • The #5, #6 and #8 buses stop on the corner of Hayes St/Maude St.
  • The #9 stops at Tom Collins Drive/Aquamoves.


For more public transport information, visit the PTV website here.

Your children will learn where their food comes from, have fun with hands on cooking experiences, enjoy amazing and interactive art activities and not to mention, enjoy some special guests on the main stage!

Happening on the last Friday of the school holidays, grab your family, friends, a picnic blanket and pencil this into your calendar.

An event sponsored by Healthy Kids Advisors and the Greater Shepparton City Council, we are so excited to see you there!

Watch the trailer


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