Hundreds to gather to celebrate Saiki Children’s Day

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'Saiki Children's Day', Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 2018. Photograph: K. Price

Hundreds to gather to celebrate Saiki Children’s Day

Bringing together hundreds of primary school children, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM) is gearing up for this year’s Saiki Children's Day.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said it was a day to engage with Japanese inspired craft activities.

“This year marks the ninth year of Saiki Children's Day, and time and time again the event has proven to be enjoyable for both students and staff,” Councillor Burnett said.

“The event is modelled on the centuries old, Children's Day, which is a famous annual national holiday on the Japanese calendar to celebrate children.

“The event is one of many annual cultural exchange programs that the region and the Gallery & Museum holds in conjunction with our Sister City throughout the year.”

In recognition of this event and providing a glimpse into the lives of their peers in Japan, local children are invited to the Gallery & Museum to take part in a diverse offering of exciting educational activities.

Cr Burnett said the free craft projects included Koinobori (carp) kites, paper plate samurai helmets and fans, as well as Sumo Wrestler and paddle-pop doll making.

“A selection of works on loan from members of the local community, objects from the Gallery & Museum collection and artworks created by local school students will also be on display,” he said.

School children will attend Saiki Children's Day between 10am and 1pm on Friday, 10 May 2019. Bookings are essential for the school event.

Craft activities for all community members to partake in will be available from 11 - 25 May.
Saiki Children's Day is a Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee initiative, supported by Gladstone Regional Council.