Go West For Family Fun!

  • Wed Jul 12 - Sat Jul 15 2017
  • All Ages
  • $0.00

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Way Out West Festival for Children this July!

Sydney kids and families are invited to the Way Out West Festival for Children at the Casula Powerhouse this July!

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! There's a heap on the schedule, including:

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 will premiere her brand new show for a younger audience, taking them on a journey of the human body inThe World According to Farts and Other Extraordinary Sounds of the Human Body.

Children Get Crafty! Inside and Out

In their interactive creative indoor area, there are 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 onto magazine making, a workshop on the art of shadow play from Pilipino based Anino Shadowplay, Indigenous Ghost Storytelling and Live Drawing, and an immersive audio experience set in an underworld jungle. 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, which looks 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!

Where:   1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, Sydney

When:    12-15 July 2017; from 9.30am each morning

Cost:      Free and paid events avilable


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