The performing arts festival returns for the 74th year

Schools from across the G21 region will showcase the talents of their students at the 74th edition of the Geelong Schools Music and Movement Festival (GSMMF).

After two years of restrictions on field trips and school events, the GSMMF returns to Costa Hall August 16-18, where pre-12th grade students will perform in a variety of disciplines.

The GSMMF is one of Geelong’s oldest festivals and will feature dance, music and stage performances in a series of 90-minute sessions over the three days.

Geelong Arts Center chief executive and creative director Joel McGuinness said the event would be a celebration of the arts that everyone could enjoy.

“Having heard from schools in our area about how important this festival is to their students, we are delighted to be able to facilitate this opportunity to have young people on our stages,” said Mr McGuinness.

The festival is part of the Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Learning Programme, which is supported by Creative Victoria and Deakin University, and Mr McGuinness said it represented the efforts of many people from different parts of the community.

“The longevity of the festival is a direct result of the outstanding dedication of teachers, students, sponsors and staff at Geelong Arts Center,” he said.

“Many schools return year after year to participate in this event, and for many, the experience they gain performing on stage ignites a lifelong passion for the performing arts.”

Session tickets cost $5 and are available now at

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