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THE MACKAY FESTIVAL OF ARTS

★★★★★

"Fabulous! Thank you for bringing pure magic to our festival! An absolute hit and a must for any festival or event in the country!"

Brisbane Festival, QLD
 

★★★★★

"Brilliantly Phenomenal - our audiences were in awe!"

The Red Earth Arts Festival, WA

 

THE BUBBLE CANTEEN 

Welcome to The Bubble Canteen, a magical installation where the air sparkles with 12,000 bubbles each minute; a world of wonder and delight, capturing and connecting directly to the hearts of your audience.
 

Crafted by the imaginative hands of Beryl, Annie, and Helga—three charming golden spinster sisters from Dublin—The Bubble Canteen is more than just an attraction; it's a vibrant celebration of creativity and joy. These spirited sisters infuse every bubble with whimsy and warmth, inviting all who visit to connect with the installation and each other. Designed with inclusivity at its core, The Bubble Canteen offers an entirely visual experience free from language barriers. Here, every shimmering bubble tells a story, and every visitor can share in the magic regardless of age or background. It's a place where the simple joy of a floating bubble can evoke profound feelings of happiness, wonder, and awe.


Celebrated as "pure magic" at its debut for Brisbane Festival 2023 and set to dazzle at upcoming events like The Mackay Festival of Arts, Rockhampton River Festival, and Carins Festival, The Bubble Canteen is not just an exhibit—it is an experience that reaches out, and invites you to return time and again to its captivating embrace.
 

★★★★★

"The Bubble Canteen was a festival highlight that audiences flocked to through-out the weekend - dolling up generous servings of fun of joy amid 12,000 bubbles per minute!"

The 2024 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival , WA

A MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE
 

The Bubble Installation sets the stage for a magical atmosphere at any festival or event hub. As attendees enter the designated area, they are transported into a world of wonder. The delicate beauty of bubbles, combined with the robustness and skill of talented performers, creates an enchanting ambience that immerses the audience in joy and excitement.
 

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
 

One of the most appealing aspects of the Bubble Installation is its ability to engage the audience on multiple levels. It's not just for children but also for adults who are drawn to the thousands of bubbles floating and dancing through the air. The installation brings out the inner child in everyone, evoking a sense of nostalgia and wonder. It becomes a focal point for families, friends, and individuals to gather, interact, and enjoy a shared experience.
 

VISUAL EXPERIENCE
 

The Bubble Installation offers a breathtaking visual experience that never fails to delight. With over 12,000 bubbles coming alive every minute, the air is filled with a mesmerizing display of shapes, sizes, and colours. From tiny, shimmering bubbles to larger ones filled with smoke, reflecting vibrant hues, the visual appeal of the installation captivates the eyes and sparks the imagination.
 

INTERACTIVITY
 

Besides the visual spectacle, the Bubble Installation encourages interactivity, making it an ideal centrepiece for festivals, arts venues or event hubs. Attendees can actively engage with the installation, adding an element of hands-on fun. This interactivity makes participants feel more connected to the installation and the overall event.
 

EMOTIONAL IMPACT
 

The delicate and ephemeral nature of bubbles, combined with the joyous atmosphere they create, instils a sense of happiness, wonder, and awe in attendees. This emotional response lingers long after the event, leaving individuals with cherished memories and a strong desire to relive the magical experience.

THE BENEFITS OF BUBBLES FOR WELL-BEING 

 

Bubbles are a fantastic tool for promoting the wellbeing of babies and toddlers by supporting essential developmental skills. They aid in visual skill development, including fixing, following, and tracking, which are crucial for learning. Bubbles also enhance gross motor movement, balance, and muscle tone, making tummy time more enjoyable and encouraging head turning, reaching, and crawling. Fine motor skills are improved as children grasp the bubble wand, while hand-eye and foot-eye coordination are developed through popping bubbles. Blowing bubbles helps with oral-motor skills, which are vital for speech and language development. Additionally, bubble play boosts body awareness, spatial awareness, and directionality as children learn to identify body parts and understand directional concepts. Socially, bubbles foster communication skills and body and space awareness through group play, making them a multifaceted and magical way to support various aspects of child development and wellbeing.
 


 

 

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DAY & NIGHT VERSIONS

 

Day Version
Perfect for sunny days, this version enhances the natural beauty of the bubbles, allowing visitors to see them glisten and dance in the daylight. It's an ideal attraction for families and children, creating a playful and enchanting atmosphere.
 

Night Version
This version transforms The Bubble Canteen into a dazzling spectacle, with illuminated bubbles that glow in the dark, creating a magical and ethereal experience. It's perfect for evening events and adds even more wonder to nighttime festivities.

ACCESSIBILITY

 

100% Visual content

No Dialogue

Wheel Chair Access

 

PAST AND CURRENT TOURS


Brisbane Festival, QLD - 2023
The 2024 Freemantle International Festival of Street Arts, WA - 2024
The Red Earth Arts Festival Karratha, WA - 2024
The Mackay Festival of Arts, QLD - 2024
The Rockhampton River Festival, QLD - 2024
Cairns Festival, QLD - 2024
The Awesome Festival for Bright Young Things, WA - 2024

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

Creator: Clint Bolster

Creative Consultants: Frans Vogels & Chae Lindeman

Producer: The Mask Family
Performers: Clint Bolster, Frans Vogels, Chae Lindeman, Allie Wilde & Nick Cilento
Mask Designer & Maker: Strangeface Masks 

Production Designer & Builder: Josh McIntosh

Photographers: Justin Ma & Barbara Lowing

Costume Designer: Josh McIntosh

Costume Maker: Jo Fraher

Electrician: Sparky Marc
Freight & Logistics: Ready Movers
Production Partner: DJ City
Originally Commissioned by: Brisbane Festival
World Premier Season: Brisbane Festival 2023

FOR BOOKINGS 
CONTACT

 

Clint Bolster
Artistic Director
themaskfamilybookings@gmail.com
0421 524 401

 

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