In celebration of the Festival of Democracy on Friday, 22 April, 2022, the doors of the NSW Parliament were open for children of almost all ages to learn more about democracy in its various aspects.
The festival was free to the public and included a variety of very interesting activities and sessions. These included Aboriginal Storytelling activities by MirriMirri and guided tours in the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council where kids learned about what the Members of Parliament do and what’s the difference between Government and Opposition, among other things. Additionally, children had the chance to participate in mock hearings debating a variety of topics and adopting various roles such as chair, member, or witness. Kids also had a chance to participate in a mock election organised by the NSW Electoral Commission as well as to decorate their own owl and add it to the “Parliament-tree of owls”. Throughout the event, a live band kept the atmosphere fun and enjoyable, alongside a quirky Sir Henry Parkes, the father of the Federation, who answered an array of interesting questions. The Jubilee Room was also transformed into an art workshop where kids coloured, cut out pictures, and had fun.
All in all, adults and children alike found the event to be exceptionally well organised, educational, and great fun.