KISS Arts Fest: Get involved

The centre pages of this edition of The Bugle are a pull-out guide to this year’s KISS Arts Fest on at the end of the month (27-29 April), dubbed The Bugle Smuggler.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved over the weekend, because after all an arts festival is all about being involved:

Lantern making workshops and parade

Circus skills for all at the dropzone

After some warm-ups in previous years, this year the lantern parade will be hitting its stride under the direction of lantern making expert Phil Relf. It will mark the transition from the day to night time events.

Local artists interested in designing and building large lanterns on site on the Friday should contact

Others will be able to make smaller lanterns on Saturday afternoon before the parade.

Drumming workshop
Prior to their performance on Saturday night, Junkyard Beats (shown above on another harbour) will be giving a workshop on performing rhythms using a variety of household objects. Workshop on at 5pm.

Circus Drop Zone

Pleased to cross the line

There is an opportunity for children to discover their inner circus performer under the watchful eyes of professional trainers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Enter the raft race
Each year the race attracts more competitors – why not let your organisation or group of friends take home the coveted trophy this year?

Create a craft out of anything that wasn’t made to be nautical, and see if it can make it around the buoy and back.

It can be any size you like, and in the past other teams have left the buoyancy testing until the day…

Entry forms available at

Help build KISStopia
Do your bit to create a collective vision of what makes an ideal town at KISStopia. You’ll be bringing a mini-town, made from recycled materials, to life.

A creative activity for the whole family throughout the festival. Come back and see it grow.

Kids Stand-up
Under 16s with a passion for comedy or just a love of making others laugh, have a chance to impress the crowds. Kiki Bittovabitsch will decide who gets the $50 prize. Sat 28 April, 3.15pm.


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