Way Out West Festival for Children

Kids, Fairs and festivals Casula Powerhouse , Casula Wednesday July 12 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017 Free
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Way Out West Festival for Children
Photograph: Ben Williams

Casula Powerhouse erupts these school holidays with four days of free workshops and performances for kids 0 to 12 years old

Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival for children and families is in its seventh year, and promises a pumping program of creativity for young people and their adult friends. Way Out West, or WOW Festival, is set to bring Academy Award-winning Japanese animation, circus performers, cabaret, crafts and so much more to Western Sydney this July. There’s no way to do everything – we would if we could! – so here’s a handy hit list of events to try this festival season.  

Star of stage, screen and arguably some of the best episodes of Playschool, Jay Laga’aia will perform in the world premiere of his new show Under the Bed, as well as a brand new character called Sammy – a five-year-old with an overactive imagination.  

Circus performers Trash Test Dummies will wow audiences with jaw dropping acrobatics, juggling and stunt work, and cabaret performer Christa Hughes will premier her new show for a younger audience, taking kids on a journey of the human body with The World According to Farts and Other Extraordinary Sounds of the Human Body.

Kids can get crafty with Indigenous graphic novelist Brenton E McKenna who will share tales with the families of Liverpool and beyond in an exciting live drawing experience. Youngsters can learn to make mini zines, try foraging and cooking classes as well as learn the interconnection between art and science with Let Off Your Steam workshops.

WOW also believes that events should be by children as well as for children. A stand out of the festival will be the Art of Being a Creative Kid, a series of art workshops run by talented young artists (up to 12 years of age) for other children. There will also be a range of outdoor programs including yoga classes, sandcastle building, mud pie cooking and a challenge to blow the biggest bubble in the world.

WOW will also be putting on free film screenings, including the Australian premiere of doco Let’s Get the Rhythm and Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, a magical adventure tale from the Academy Award-winning Japanese animation house.  

Casula Powerhouse Director Craig Donarski is a big supporter of quality children’s entertainment. He says, “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.”

Grab the kids and get amongst it.

By: Rebecca Russo

Venue name: Casula Powerhouse
Address: 1 Powerhouse Rd
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm; closed public holidays.
Price: Various prices
Event website: http://www.wayoutwestfestival.com.au/
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