This years festival is curated by Susie Rugg and Pip Hall. Susie and Pip met while working together in children’s programming at the Museum of contemporary Art. They have 6 kids, a dog, two fish and a rabbit between them so are pretty much experts in showing kids a good time!

We asked them a few questions about this years WOW Festival!

What is the WOW Festival?

WOW (Way Out West) Festival is a week long family art and performance extravaganza that takes over Casula Powerhouse once a year. It offers a huge program of both free and paid events spanning circus, music, art making, books and even bubbles!

What are the highlights of this year’s festival?

We have a huge theatre program with kids favourites such as Lah Lah’s Big Band, the Beanies and those fluffy rock legends; Bunny Racket. We have commissioned a brand new artwork that will take over the turbine hall by sydney artist Katy Plummer, and outside we have ’the big build’; a hands on play space where families can use real tools to create the fort/shop/cubby/pirate ship of their dreams! Kids can get creative with shadows, experiment with creative AI and dance the day away in our daggy disco.

Why is it important?

The past few years have been hard for everyone so we want people to shake off the covid cobwebs and come out to PLAY! People of all ages and abilities are welcome and there is truly something for everyone to experience. We have also placed community and sustainability at the core of this years program with events that celebrate the natural environment and encourage us to preserve it and a strong presence of local and emerging talent.

What do you want audiences to remember from this festival?

We want families to remember making, creating, laughing and dancing side by side. Kids are naturally creative but adults can forget they were kids once too. Let's forget everything we ever learnt and try and remember how to truly play again.

Head over to the WOW pages now by clicking on the below banner!!