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2008 Event Media Release - We Built This City

Issued Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Built This City
Sydney Opera House Forecourt
October 4 – 7

Presented in association with Polyglot Puppet Theatre

Get ready for a public construction extravaganza!

The countdown is on for pint-sized, budding builders to unleash their creativity when We Built This City takes over the Sydney Opera House Forecourt this October long weekend.

Across four days, cardboard buildings will go up, be pulled down, redesigned, extended, walked through, jumped on and reconstructed.

Polyglot Puppet Theatre’s creation ensures imagination is the key as kids are free to create their own fantasy city made entirely from thousands of cardboard boxes.

The two-and-a-half hour sessions, twice daily at 10am and 2pm, are open to the general public as part of Sydney Opera House’s commitment to providing FREE family entertainment.

Skyscrapers, castles, houses, bridges, roads, tunnels and mazes; if you can dream it, you can build it! Polyglot’s construction experts will wander through the new city offering advice and assisting with building challenges, mending broken boxes and clearing roads.

No construction zone is complete without some funky tunes for everyone to sing, dance and play along to. Our resident DJ will be on hand to keep the vibes going all day long.

At the end of each session, everybody can have fun knocking down the city before the next group builds it again. There's even more fun to be had on the last day when the entire city is squashed into a recyclable heap of cardboard rubble. We Built This City is as much fun to watch as it is to do!

Polyglot Puppet Theatre is one of Australia's leading children's performance companies, creating original theatrical adventures for kids and families.

Placing children's imaginations at the centre of a collaborative arts practice, the company has won many awards for its shows and community processes which provide access to the arts for all children.

We Built This City has been hugely popular with kids and families both locally and internationally. The event has been staged at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Perth’s Awesome Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Act3 Singapore Children’s Festival.

Now it’s Sydney’s turn to watch the kids take over the city and build a better one!

“Amazing fun, I want to go there all the time.” Erin, age 10

Check out We Built This City 

Season Details
Dates/Times: Saturday 4 to Tuesday 7 October at 10am and 2pm
Cost:  Free
Information: (02) 9250 7777 or online at


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