Summer holiday fun at SLQ

State Library of Queensland heads to the Parklands, South Bank this summer for an extravaganza of storytelling, singing and activities.

Yuletide Story Garden, produced by South Bank Corporation in partnership with State Library of Queensland, runs from 13–24 December and is the perfect finale to the very successful National Year of Reading,” State Librarian Janette Wright said.

“This is the first time that SLQ has partnered with South Bank Corporation to deliver a Christmas program that focuses on reading and storytelling.

“South Bank Corporation has produced a large-scale, six-metre wide storybook structure – which unmistakeably heralds the 12-day, pop-up story garden – and provides a backdrop for SLQ’s performance program and the Corporation’s commissioned work of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Grin and Tonic Theatre Company.

“It is a very exciting opportunity to give local families a taste of SLQ’s program of free learning activities for children available throughout the year.

“Performers will include the internationally renowned Lissa (Melissa Western) and Nee Nee (Antony Dyer), popular children’s entertainer Tim Jackman, musician and ‘Murri Claus’ Getano Bann, comedian Sean Choolburra, Mitchy Mayhem and his Puppet Patrol, actor Paula Nazarski, director Anthea Patrick, and Indigenous performer Mark Sheppard, who is well known for his one-man show Chasing the Lollyman.”

On 13 December from 10am, Yuletide Story Garden will feature Murri Christmas, an annual event presented by SLQ that engages children and families in song, dance and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Murri Christmas celebrations will also be held at SLQ on 6 and 20 December at 10.30am in The Corner.

“After we count down the 12 days until Christmas at South Bank, SLQ will launch its holiday fun program on 5 January,” Ms Wright said.

“Kids can take part in the Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse on SLQ’s open-air Queensland Terrace, they can stay and play in The Reading Garden, explore the world of fairytales in a family film festival and create their own masks and badges.

“SLQ will then return to the Parklands, South Bank to celebrate Australia Day on Saturday 26 January as dads from all over Queensland take to the stage and read from the pages of some of our favourite Australian tales.”

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Yuletide Story Garden is part of Sugarplums & Possum Chums – A South Bank Christmas. For the full program, go to

Yuletide Story Garden
Open daily 10am–4.30pm, 13 – 24 Dec 2012
Riverside Green, the Parklands, South Bank (next to Streets Beach)

Murri Christmas
Thu 13 Dec, 10am – 12.30pm (Murri Claus arrives at 10.30am)
Riverside Green, the Parklands, South Bank (next to Streets Beach)

Holiday fun at SLQ
5 – 25 Jan 2013
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

SLQ at Australia Day Festival
26 Jan 2013, 10am – 5pm
Griffith Conservatorium Green, the Parklands, South Bank

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