Way Out West Festival for Children

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Way Out West Festival for Children
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Inspire your child’s imagination through music, theatre, dance, art and film

Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival for children and families is in its eighth year, promising more creatively fuelled fun for young people and their adult friends. Way Out West, or WOW Festival, will paint the Casula Powerhouse in wild colours this July, with workshops, performances and installations suitable for kids up to 12 years of age. And for the first time this year, there’s dedicated events for bigger kids aged 13-15, including a roller rink, live music program, parkour workshops and an ’80s makeover booth.    

Performances across the festival program include slapstick circus comedy from the Trash Test Dummies and more serious productions like contemporary dance work Dignity of Risk and Talk Show Hypothetical – a new contemplative piece from the Urban Theatre Projects performed by a cast of 12-year-olds. Interactive art installations will focus on the natural world, with artist Rosie Deacon creating a moving forrest for children to explore and Steve Jannar’s exhibition, Reflections of Industry and Nature showcasing Sydney’s outdoor gems.

There will be arty workshops, from felt-making to creating edible jewellery, as well as creative hairdressing courses and dance sessions. Making use of the Powerhouse’s garden, there’ll also be food and gardening events.

So whether they’re a greenthumb, budding artist, junior theatre critic or future rockstar, they’re sure to learn a new skill and be entertained over these four big days of art and culture for kids.

By: Olivia Gee

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