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Kidchella & Summer Nights

Dust off your fringed crops and denim cut offs! An internationally-inspired, Summer music and crafts festival is coming to Melbourne’s West and you don’t need to camp out for tickets or drive to the desert. Designed for both the young and young at heart, and for the first time ever, Highpoint Shopping Centre is hosting Kidchella from Monday 21 – Friday 25 January, followed by Summer Nights from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 February 2019.

Highpoint’s youngest partygoers are invited to Kidchella, commencing on Monday 21 January. One for the school holidays’ bucket list, Kidchella will include hands-on craft activities where little ones can create their very own flower crown, tote bag, dream catcher or bracelet. The event week will end with a big finale, where kids can hit the dancefloor at the ultimate silent disco on Friday 25 January. An Instagrammer’s heaven, Summer Nights will be headlined by a Coachella-inspired labyrinth and walkthrough cactus garden, alongside tent-shaped dressing rooms for Festival Makeovers by Mecca Maxima.

In addition to the Instagram-worthy photo moments, festivalgoers can get involved in ‘crafternoons’ to create their very own beaded and jewelled festival accessories, soak up the sound of live DJs, sip on delicious Summer cocktails, and taste the roaming festival food options being served up by a series of Highpoint food retailers.

Ticket prices vary for Kidchella and Summer Nights activities. Visit the Highpoint website for ticketing information and to purchase:


DATE: Monday 21 January – Friday 25 January 2019, 11am – 3pm daily

LOCATION: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Centre Court on Level 1, 200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong


• DIY kid-friendly craft sessions held Monday 21 January – Thursday 20 January 2019

• Kids-only silent disco held on Friday 25 January between 11am and 3pm (four sessions are

scheduled for 45 minutes)

FEE: Craft sessions are free. Silent Disco is $5 per person with proceeds directed to the Alannah &

Madeline Foundation.


DATE & TIME: 2pm – 6pm on Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2019

LOCATION: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 1 Pop-Up Park, 200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong


• Pop-up music and craft festival with large-scale labyrinth, live DJ, cocktail and food sampling,

plus complimentary festival-look hair and makeup services

FEE: Craft sessions are $15 per person and run on a drop-in basis. All other activities are free.