Haig Park Experiments draws to a close with one last POP!

Released 03/12/2019

The City Renewal Authority invites you to Haig Park this Saturday 7 December for the POP! Bubble Festival, to explore and play with bubbles and all things that pop.

POP! marks the final event for Haig Park Experiments, topping off the program’s six-month long trial of events, activities and light-touch improvements to revitalise Haig Park.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said that POP! was a great all-ages event to celebrate the success of Haig Park Experiments in how it has engaged the community in thinking about its future.

“It’s clear from the impressive 10,000 attendee turnout at our recent Big Spring Picnic that Canberra shares our vision for this iconic green space in the heart of the city,” Mr Snow said.

“As the city centre’s backyard, Haig Park needs to be a welcoming public place for locals and visitors of all ages to linger and enjoy in a variety of ways.”

Haig Park Experiments program manager Adelaide Rief said that POP! drew inspiration from the delight that children and adults had while playing with bubbles in Haig Park at other events, and also drew inspiration from Bubble, the Authority’s new inflatable, portable events pavilion commissioned for the experiments.

“From world-class bubble blowers to pop-up stalls with popcorn and popsicles, this is really just a fun celebration and a big thank you to Haig Park and its community for being so generous and participatory in supporting the project through attendance and feedback,” Ms Rief said.

The event features a host of activities and performances featuring bubbles and all things that pop, including DIY bubble net and wand making, a bubble science show, pop-up garden games and performance artists, the popular cardboard village, DJ Mr Michael playing pop music, and plenty more.

Haig Park Experiments project lead Cathy Hope said that as a special addition for eventgoers, POP! will also feature a slip and slide and water play games for all ages to enjoy, watering the park at the same time.

“As well as being a great summer activity, water play is also a wonderful way to give back to the park when the landscape has been so dry and thirsty. We’re also providing watering cans so kids and families can water the trees in Haig Park,” Dr Hope said.

POP! will run next to Sullivan’s Creek in Haig Park on Saturday 7 December from 11am to 3pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy, while food and drink will also be available for purchase from local vendors. The event is free to attend.  

Haig Park Experiments is an initiative of the City Renewal Authority and implemented by a consortium led by the University of Canberra. For more information, visit www.HaigParkCBR.com.au or find Haig Park Experiments on Facebook and Instagram.

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