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Festival for all ages

Festival for all ages

At Gulbenkian we believe great performance and film should be for all ages and so bOing! is not just for children – it is for everyone. bOing! is free to enter and there are many free outdoor performances to enjoy.

Tickets are now available to purchase, so plan your day and book your tickets early so you don’t miss out.

All Events

Andy Manley (UK)

A Little Wilder

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A Little Wilder a little…. safer quieter greener woodier taller bolder brighter braver Wilder A Little Wilder is a playful and quirky new show for young children featuring a man and an awful…

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Musicalmente (Portugal)

Concerto Para Bebes (Concert for Babies)

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Babies (and adults!) will be mesmerised by this performance, where saxophones, clarinets, an accordion and Jew’s harps, play Mozart, Bach and Monteverdi. Musicalmente create a magical atmosphere bringing instruments up…

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The Ruggeds (The Netherlands)

Adrenaline

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Winning the world bboy champions in 2014 shot The Ruggeds to international fame and performed as part of Breakin’ Convention at Gulbenkian in 2016. Adrenaline will attack your senses, with…

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Shona Reppe (UK)

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

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The clues are in its pages…… Everything is flat, pressed, squished. A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal…

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Architects of Air (UK)

Pentalum Luminarium

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From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air and designer Alan Parkinson have astounded audiences across…

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Dybwikdans (Norway)

The Ugly Duckling

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A firm bOing! favourite, Dybwikdans are back for the third time, this year presenting a beautiful, creative version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale.  

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Animate Arts (UK)

Box-Head Beasts

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Let your imagination go wild to create your own fabulous beastie head-dress that you can take away and show off around the festival. This is a fun, hands-on workshop delivered…

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Cirque Du Platzak (The Netherlands)

Kermiz

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Le Cirque du Platzak mixes folk music with traditional and innovative circus such as balance, acrobatics, fire, rope, rolling globe, cloud-swing, aerial plastique, bottle balance, acro-dance, fakirism and clowning arts.…

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Company Chameleon (UK)

Of Man and Beast

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This unforgettable outdoor dance piece explores and uncovers the many faces of Masculinity, showcasing Company Chameleon’s unique physical style. This is a free outdoor performance.  

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Race Horse Company (Finland)

Motosikai

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Three daredevil acrobats appear and disappear from a mysterious black van to perform increasingly absurd and reckless tricks. With great skill and humour they fly off a huge seesaw, tumble…

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Lone Twin (UK)

Beastie

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Inspired by the imagination of young people Beastie is an innovative participatory performance for children. Children share a jaw-dropping secret and take charge creating their own stories and exploring their…

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Swoolish Garage (The Netherlands)

Aquaduck

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Is it a fountain? Not just! Is it a light show? Absolutely! Is it interactive? Of course it is! It’s Aquaduck. This is a free outdoor performance.

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Bootworks Theatre (UK)

Jukeboxes

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Two beautiful 1950’s Jukeboxes sit side-by-side. Watch them spring to life as two performers (hidden inside) re-create classic pop music videos in a lip-syncing musical medley. This is a free…

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ACA Theatre (UK)

Acá Clowns – The Search for Wilder Things

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Join Doa and Squiggle as they get up to their crazy antics, mischief and hilarious mishaps during bOing! There will be dancing, slapstick and giant bubbles. This is a free…

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Etta Ermini Dance Theatre (UK)

Culinary Duel

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Help our chefs to stir and sprinkle ingredients, join a whisking competition and help the chefs catch their disobedient kitchen appliance. This is a free outdoor performance.

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Delinus (The Netherlands)

Delinus03

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You’re more than welcome on line 3, the smallest taxi-van ever! Tickets are available from the charming conductor. This tiny van doesn’t have a fixed timetable, but offers you an…

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Superhallo (The Netherlands)

Knol D’Amour

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Knol d’Amour is an ode to the potato and the blossoming of love. Knol d’Amour is a delicious love story, a fantastic adventure in vision, sound, smell and taste, proving…

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Usifu Jalloh

Storytelling with Usifu Jalloh

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Leopard is still looking for Spider… Chimpanzee is running from Leopard….. Tortoise wants to marry the Princess… what a drama in the Forest Kingdom of the beasts! Join the Cowfoot…

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Emrys Plant

Family Matter

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Emrys Plant explores the matter of family life, the unshrinkable mass that takes up space in our heads and hearts. An unqualified father and husband without a handbook making it…

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Oily Cart (UK)

Kubla Khan

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Welcome to the world of Kubla Khan, a multi-sensory pleasure dome that you can touch, taste and smell. From the sounds of a sitar to the feel of a flowing…

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Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK)

In the Eyes of the Animal

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Discover the forest anew through this virtual reality (VR) and 360% cinematic experience. In the Eyes of the Animals allows you to explore the forest through the eyes of four…

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bOing! Films

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We will be screening films as part of bOing! 2017, on our theme of wild and imaginary beasts… These will be announced soon….  

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C-12 Dance Theatre

Secret Encounters

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Catch them if you can….. A series of short dance pieces, choreographed by exiting, diverse and award wining choreographers that will be performed in and around public spaces in Canterbury 21,…

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School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent

Planetarium

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Take a look into the night sky and get up close to discover more about the objects that you can see out in space. Our 30 minute presenter led shows are…

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Musicalmente (Portugal)

Concerto Para Bebes Workshop

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Get even closer to the music with this beautiful workshop with Musicalmente from Portugal. The workshop is separate to the Concert itself but complimentary, and together the concert and workshop…

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bOing! Discount Package

Book for 2 or more of the bOing! events listed below and get £1 off each ticket! Valid for the events below: Performances & Luminarium Adrenaline (recommended 6+) A Little…

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bOing! in Canterbury City Centre

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This year we are excited to be taking two great bOing! performances into the city centre. Beastie in Town! Beastie is visiting the Sidney Cooper Gallery on Friday 25 August, offering…

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Silent Disco

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Transmitted through wireless headsets, pick your channel and join our silent disco. Ongoing through the day at specific times – see the blackboard in our cafe. This is a free outdoor…

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