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Back to the future at a Carnival of Curiosity
The Library was transformed into a hive of discovery and surprises last Sunday as more than 5,500 people attended the free Carnival of Curiosity.
Marty McFly's DeLorean couldn't have competed with the Victorian-era time machine in the Library foyer. With steampunk time traveller Scott Pollard at the helm, this intriguing form of imaginary transport proved a huge hit with kids.
If you thought you saw Ned Kelly and his doppelgangers wandering around the Library, you were right! The 'Make your own Ned Kelly helmet' event in Experimedia was popular with all ages.
Upstairs in the magnificent and rarely seen Queen's Hall it was standing room only, as children marvelled at the Punch and Judy shows, circus performances and steampunk lounge.
The domed reading room, whose 100th birthday this year inspired the Carnival of Curiosity, was a focal point throughout the day. Budding artists sketched the dome under the guidance of popular Melbourne artists Marco Luccio and Oslo Davis. Oslo has shared some of his own sketches on the right.
Of the 'Drawing in the dome' event, Oslo says, 'Heaps of kids really got into it, while many parents sat back and played with their phones. One father said he was "getting inspiration".
'Not everyone drew the dome, but that was ok. One kid drew some excellent speed boats!
'All up it was nice to see people in the dome, not with their noses in their MacBooks, but rather sketching with pencils in their hands.'
Later on, composer George Dreyfus brought the Carnival to a joyful climax as 18 musicians gathered on balconies around the dome for the inaugural performance of George's Fanfare in the dome, which made clever use of the space's aural delay.
All in all, we had a wonderful day and we hope you did too! You can see more photos of the day's highlights on our facebook page. We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.
The Carnival of Curiosity is one of the many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013 to celebrate the iconic dome and all that it inspires.