Introducing the Quirky McKirkus Family Circus!

Roll up, roll up! The circus has come to a computer near you! Quirky McKirkus Family Circus is an exciting new educational website designed to introduce primary school students to the rich history and traditions of circus in Australia. Developed by a collaborative team of Arts Centre collections and education staff, the site includes 42 dynamic, multi-disciplinary activities, a gallery for children to upload their own work and a  swag of user-friendly teacher resources.

Enter the Big Top and you’ll find over 120 rare and unusual circus photographs, posters, costumes and objects from the Performing Arts Collection’s extensive circus holdings sitting alongside poems, stories and videos created to inspire children to imagine what it would be like to be a clown; to run away with the circus, or to master tightrope-walking.

So what are you waiting for? Take a quick break from whatever you’re doing and run away to the Quirky McKirkus Family Circus  – we’ll have the popcorn waiting!

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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