Join Kiwi Kids Music for the best music for kids and families, made right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand!
Hosted by the much loved entertainer, Suzy Cato, the Festival includes all your favourites including Captain Festus McBoyle, Levity Beet, Kath Bee, Mr Roberelli, plus a whole lot more.
Bring your best singing voice, your best dancing trousers, and join in the fun.
Saturday 22 April, 11am and 1pm
Two songs spring to the minds of parents and caregivers at the mention of Suzy Cato’s name – 'It’s Our Time' and 'See ya See ya later', the opening and closing songs of the popular preschool series 'You & Me'.
Now with two children of her own, her kids radio show in its ninth year, a YouTube Channel and a chorus of friends within Kiwi Kids Music, Suzy has not only dusted off some of those favourite tunes but created a couple more! Join her for a trip down memory lane and a new adventure.
Anika Moa is as much a household name for her children’s music as she is for her contemporary albums. Singing your faves from 'Songs for Bubbas and Songs for Bubbas 2,' Anika is guaranteed to delight kids of all ages with her humour, musicality, and effervescent Youthful-ness.
Her tunes all have the stamp of approval from her three beautiful boys as well as much of New Zealand – 'Songs For Bubbas 2' is the first children’s album ever to top the national charts, and Anika has three New Zealand Children’s Music Awards under her belt.
Sunday 23 April, 11am and 1pm
Chanelle’s songs are full of things children love – animals, dancing, and getting messy, as well as unicorns and rainbows. She brings her magical tunes to life with interactive and fun performances that engage and entertain not just the kids – but parents too.
Chanelle burst onto the kid’s music scene in 2013 when her song 'If I Was a Fuzzy Buzzy Bumblebee' won APRA's Best Children's Music Song award. She is about to release a full-length album, The Little Green Turtle and Other Songs for Kids!
Anna Van Riel
Award-winning singer-songwriter Anna van Riel takes to the stage hot on the heels of her Off the Beaten Track tour of the Deep South and West Coast.
Expect folksy songs, with cheeky humour and catchy tunes, as Anna takes up the uke to cook up some music and a whole lot of fun.
Saturday 29 April, 11am and 1pm
Kath Bee, with her down-to-earth manner and action-packed performances, has a knack for creating songs that children can relate to. Her clever lyrics and melodies stick in your head for days! Children have grown up singing her songs, ‘Individuality’ and ‘Dad I Wanna Be a Camel’.
Kath won the APRA Children’s Video of the Year in 2010 and 2014 and is currently a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Her song ‘Dragons Under My Bed’ will be released as a picture book in June this year.
Mr Roberelli's highly interactive and humorous live show will have children and their parents up bouncing, listening quietly for details, singing 'really high', tiptoeing past the bull, moving like macho ballerinas, and much much more.
The band's original and engaging songs are familiar enough to be instantly enjoyable and sing-a-long-able. If you're lucky enough to catch a live performance, you'll be seeking out their albums to hear more of their wonderful tunes.
Sunday 30 April, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Captain Festus McBoyle and his Travellin’ Variety Show
Captain Festus McBoyle and his motley crew – complete with trusty wife Miss Lucy Drawers, ship's rat Mr Cheese and strongman extraordinaire ‘The Great Ebenezer’ – bring you the best of vaudeville, pantomime, and music hall entertainment.
Armed with cheeky humor and side-splitting songs, this madcap troupe are more fun than a squirrel up ya’ jumper! Ships and Giggles their follow-up album to A Pirate's Life ... has just been released. It's an absolute ripper.
Levity Beet wows audiences with new musical inventions, playing instruments he makes from heaters, air-bed pumps, tyre valves, and anything else imaginable.
He is well known for his dynamic and humorous performances in schools, early childhood centres, festivals, libraries, and private parties.
Mr Beet has produced six albums, numerous singles, and a CD/songbook, and he's a three-time APRA Best Children's Music Song winner.