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12 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017 | 10am - 6pm

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Head out west next school holidays for Casula Powerhouse’s annual Way Out West or WOW Festival (12 - 15 July 2017).  This pumping program of creativity for young people up-to 12 years-old (and their adult friends) will engage audiences in watching, doing and eating!

From the world premiere of a new show by stage and screen star Jay Laga’aia, to Academy Award winning Japanese animation house: Studio Ghibli’s film Kiki’s Delivery Service, WOW Festival returns six years young. This time with a mind-expanding program to curate the school holidays for young audiences and families,
said Craig Donarski, Casula Powerhouse Director.

The Powerhouse believe passionately that every child should have the right to access exciting and original creative experiences, regardless of who they are or where they come from. WOW also believes that the arts should be BY children as well as FOR children.

The arts are a central focus at Casula Powerhouse, and this Festival we encourage artistic explorations in all areas and all disciplines. There’s ticketed shows and free fun galore.

Family Shows

Star of stage and screen Jay Laga’aia will perform in the world premiere of his new show Under the Bed, and brand new character – Sammy, a five year old with an overactive imagination both on and off the soccer field.

Trash Test Dummies’ circus performers will wow audiences with a stunning array of the highest jaw dropping acrobatics, juggling and stunt work.

Outside in the amphitheatre, Bigambul man and community elder Uncle Wes Marne will share his traditional knowledge and dreaming stories around a fire bucket for Fire Bucket by Uncle Wes Marne.

And cabaret performer Christa Hughes willpremiere her brand new showfor a younger audience,taking them on a journey of the human body in The World According to Farts and Other Extraordinary Sounds of the Human Body.

Children Get Crafty! Inside and Out.

In our interactive creative indoor area there’s art workshops, exploring nostalgic crafts like friendship bracelets, chatterbox and more.In two other rooms, children can build a lava lamp, learn to code, create slime and explode paint. After that the children can move ontomagazine making, a workshop on the art of shadow play from Pilipino based Anino Shadowplay, Indigenous Ghost Storytelling and Live Drawing, andan immersive audio experience set in an underworldjungle.

Become creative scientist for a day in Let Off Your Steam workshops, where children can make slime, learn about robotics, and explode balloons and learn about the interconnection between art and science.

Casula’s Kitchen

Youngsters and parents can explore Casula Parklands in a Foraging Tour & Cooking Class, identifying plants suitable for eating, returning to the Powerhouse to cook them.

And for the adults there’ll be a panel discussion with tips and tricks on how to encourage children to eat healthy food through different cooking methods, presentation and ingredients in the Art of Food and Play.

Free Films

Casual will host the Australian premiere of San Francisco-based documentarian, Irene Chagall’s,  Let’s Get the Rhythm, whichlooks at the social importance of girls’ games and music, learning from inner city playgrounds across the world.

And Academy Award winning Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service will take audiences on a magical adventure with Kiki, a young witch who moves to a new town.

There’s also the WOW Festival’s outdoor program where young and old can explore, create, imagine and do everything from daily morning yoga classes, to creating a public artwork outside the Powerhouse, building a sandcastle, cooking a mud pie, or blowing the biggest bubble in the world!

Tickets available www.wayoutwestfestival.com.au | Stay up to date at www.facebook.com/casulapowerhouse

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration10am - 6pm

AgesAges 0 - 12

Costa mix of FREE &
paid events

Phone02 9824 1121


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