Way Out West Festival for Children

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Kids at Way Out West Festival
Photograph: Ben Williams

Time Out says

Inspire your child’s imagination through music, theatre, dance, art and film at this family-friendly festival

Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival for children and families is in its ninth 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 15 years of age.

Performances across the festival program include comedy even the parents can enjoy from the Listies on July 10, and The Box Show by Junkyard Beats, who’ll turn hum-drum household items into musical instruments in a performance on July 11. If you’ve got tiny tots aged 1-6, you can catch a free show by the Beanies on July 13 that encourages creative thinking through play.

There’ll also be free, interactive outdoor installations to enjoy, like the outdoor yoga sessions for kids and grown-ups, a giant game of Twister and a pop-up library. The workshops won’t stop all weekend, with kids being able to get involved in worm farm building, gardening for bush tucker, fence weaving and multilingual storytelling, plus didcated classes in art, music, craft and performance. And for a second year, the festival will be catering to that moody bunch aged 13-15 with sound and cosplay workshops, VR experiences and live music in a dedicated space near the centre’s graffiti tanks.

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 five big days of art and culture for kids.


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