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Free Getty Family Festival on June 3 Features Music, Dance, and Art Activities

May 8, 2001

What: Getty Family Festival
When: Sunday, June 3, 2001 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1200 Getty Center Drive; exit on Getty Center Drive off the 405 Freeway.
Admission: Admission is free, and parking is just $5. For public information call 310-440-7300.
Parking: No reservations required. Parking is based on availability.
Press info: Pre-registration is required for all media.
Press contact: Karen Nelson, Getty Communications, 310-440-6470 Fax: 310-440-7722; e-mail:

Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Museum will host the popular Getty Family Festival, a free day of celebration, on Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exciting summer festival features dance and musical performances, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities. Admission is free. Picnic areas are open and family-friendly food is offered throughout the day at various Getty dining locations. A complete schedule of events follows. The festival is produced for the Getty by Community Arts Resources.

The June Family Festival features a diverse mix of Celtic, Hispanic, Tibetan, and South African performances, including music and dance presented by Buzzworld, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, Shaluza Boot Dancers, and Clarita and Arte Flamenco. Nathan Stein will also offer a special brand of storytelling interspersed with magic, juggling, and other signature treats.

Buzzworld, California's premiere Celtic-based acoustic/eclectic band, blends exuberant dance music, classic jazz, and slow airs. The Mystical Arts of Tibet features the famed multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery, renowned for simultaneously intoning three notes of a chord. The troupe performs with traditional instruments including 10-foot-long dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals, and gyaling horns. Garbed in rich brocade costumes that add to their exotic splendor, they present masked dances such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion. The Shaluza Boot Dancers express the culture of black South Africa through an electrifying dance routine originated by South African mine workers. Clarita and Arte Flamenco perform fandangos, tangos, soleas, and other Spanish and South American musical and dance traditions. Nathan Stein's A Fisherman Out of Water depicts the story of a fisherman's son who is apprenticed to an evil juggler king, and brings to life the journey he must make to escape.

Getty Family Festival
Schedule of Events
Sunday, June 3, 2001
10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Live Music and Dance on the Plaza Stage in the Museum Courtyard
11:00-11:45 a.m. Buzzworld - blends Celtic dance music, classic jazz, and slow airs.
12:30-1:30 p.m. The Mystical Arts of Tibet - multiphonic singers from Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery perform sacred temple music and mystical masked dances.
2:15-3:00 p.m. Shaluza Boot Dancers - drumming and dance inspired by South African mine workers.
3:45-4:45 p.m. Clarita and Arte Flamenco perform fandangos, tangos, and soleas

in the Museum Lecture Hall
10:45-11:30 a.m. A Fisherman Out of Water - A fable of a lost son and evil king by storyteller, raconteur, and master juggler Nathan Stein.
12:15-1:00 p.m. American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time® with Deaf West Theater
1:45-2:30 p.m. A Fisherman Out of Water
3:15-4:00 p.m. American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time®

Giant Puppets seen Getty-wide are inspired by James Ensor's painting Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Michelle Berne's 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets
2:15-3:45 p.m. Michelle Berne's 12-foot-tall Ensor Puppets

Workshops offering hands-on, art-making activities in the Museum Courtyard
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Create and Send a Postcard
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Create a Frame
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop inspired by A Royal Menagerie: Porcelain Animals from Dresden
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop inspired by Illuminating Color

The Getty Family Festival is produced by Community Arts Resources, Inc

Family Fun at the Getty

In addition to the Family Festival, the Getty Center offers ongoing daily activities for families (in English and Spanish) that are available in the Museum:

Family Room - Visit the Family Room to experience "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits, along with gameboxes, puzzles, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of a visit with children. Investigate techniques that artists use to make a portrait. Try on a costume similar to one in a painting, smile behind the marquesa's fan or pose on stage as the ambassador. Read a story or simply relax.

Gallery Games - "Perplexing Paintings" and "The Getty Art Detective" are games that help you explore the Museum through an art treasure hunt. Go at your own pace and get to know works of art. Gameboxes can be checked out in the Family Room.

Family Audioguide - Hear the "moo" when you view the painting A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn. Listen to the sound of sculpture coming to life as a dragon's jaw cracks open. Hear stories and fun facts about intriguing works of art in the Audioguide's 24 family stops, which help generate discussion between children and adults. For rental ($3.00) in the Museum's entrance hall.

Art Information Rooms - In four rooms throughout the Museum, you can examine how art is made, touch real parchment and gold leaf, or page through books. Also available is Art Access, an interactive multimedia computer system with information about works of art in the Getty collection. Knowledgeable docents are there to answer your questions.

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