Lego festival to celebrate creative construction

Colac District Brick Club members Austin Finn, Aidan Finn, Jake Ballagh and Cohen Chapman.

Colac District Brick Club members Austin Finn, Aidan Finn, Jake Ballagh and Cohen Chapman.

COLAC’S creative Lego enthusiasts are preparing for Colac’s first BrickFest where “everything is awesome”.

Colac District Brick Club’s Virginia Wallace said the BrickFest, hosted by Inside the Brick, was an exciting event for the Colac and district community.

She said the block-building festival would provide an opportunity for Colac club members to volunteer and present their own table to showcase their creative constructions.

“They are working on a few different things at the moment  and it’s all without instruction; there’s a ship and a big Harry Potter scene they keep adding to,” Ms Wallace said.

“The Brickfest is a brilliant opportunity for our members  and we hope it will encourage new members.

“We received a grant and bought 25 new tubs of Lego so we have more than enough Lego to have more members.”

She said festival organiser Inside the Brick had trained the founders of the Colac District Brick Club on how to set up and host the group.

“They’ve been so supportive, and really great when we were starting the club.”

Inside the Brick is a social enterprise and national program founded by Rob Deakin to promote “the benefits of construction play to families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders and children at risk of social exclusion”.

Mr Deakin said the enterprise hosted events, exhibitions and brick clubs; all based on construction play systems such as Lego bricks.

“It’s a chance for the kids to play together and learn about taking turns, sharing appropriate social behavior: it’s a way for them to connect.”

Inside the Brick will host BrickFest on September 13 and 14 at the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre.

Lego lovers can pre-purchase tickets at www.trybooking.com/99190 or at Inside the Brick website, www.insidethebrick.com

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