The 2018 WOW Festival is an annual event held in one of Australia's most unique arts centres, the Casula Powerhouse. This coming July School holidays 18-21 July, children will have the opportunity to let their imagination free.
Kids can expect a jam-packed program of live performances, interactive installations, incredible outdoor adventures and fun-filled workshops. (8 Performances and Events - 4 Interactive Art Experiences - 33 Workshops - 5 Music events - 6 Films).
Check out the video below of one of the past festivals.
"From the side-splitting circus antics of the Trash Test Dummies', to virtual reality and 3D scan workshops, and even a performance that takes place inside a giant bubble, the WOW Festival returns in 2018 with a smorgasbord of activities and entertainment to keep energetic kids, and their parents, engaged all day long," said Craig Donarski Casula Powerhouse Director.
"At WOW Festival we encourage artistic explorations in all forms. Theatre, dance, music, literature, food, yoga, workshops and free family fun all come together in this astounding program guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. The 2018 WOW Festival program features over 200 chances to experience 35 events and 33 workshops, spread across 11 spaces in and around the Centre, over four days."
"The Powerhouse believes passionately that art should be accessible to everyone – no matter their age or where they come from. This is why we've curated a festival where the majority of activities are free, so effectively you could come to the Festival pack a lunch, stay for the entire day busy with activities and not spend a cent."
For the first time ever, older kids can join in on the WOW Festival action with T-Zone, a dedicated space for 13-15 year olds. T-Zone will feature a stack of events including a roller skating rink, live music program, themed selfie space, 80's makeovers… even Parkour workshops." he said.
Here are just some of the highlights of this year's WOW Festival:
This Will Not Protect You Friday 20, Saturday 21 July | 11am, 11.40am (Relaxed Performance), 12.15pm, and 1pm | Ages 3 | All tix $12 In This Will Not Protect You, award-winning artists Amrita Hepi, Prue Stent and Honey Long invite audiences to join them inside their big, inflatable, orange bubble for an interactive performance of movement and sound.
Lah-Lah 10th Birthday Party
Saturday 21 July | 10.30am | Ages 2-5 years | $26.50 Kids can party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah's Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday at Casula Powerhouse.
Trash Test Dummies present SPLASH TEST DUMMIES Wednesday 18 July | 10.30am | All ages | $18/$15
Trash Test Dummies' circus performers will wow with an hour of circus, jaw dropping acrobatics, and side-splitting comedy in their new show Splash Test Dummies.
Dignity of Risk
Thursday 19 July | 1pm | 13 | $18/$15
Winner of 2017 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People, Dignity of Risk is a new contemporary performance the fuses movement and dance with the personal stories of young adults to explore the way we see ourselves and the perception we have about others.
Dr Hubble's Bubble's
Saturday 21 July | 1pm | All ages | $15/$12
Join Dr Hubble for a funny and slightly educational journey into the world of bubbles in Dr Hubble's Bubble's. There will be big bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, square bubbles, and even an explodabubble!
Talk Show Hypothetical
Saturday 21 July | 1pm | All ages | $15/$12
WOW Festival will premiere a new piece of work by award winning theatre company Urban Theatre Projects, Talk Show Hypothetical. A group of 12 year olds from western Sydney was selected to be a part of this performance. They have been given a hypothetical situation and must grapple with an abstract concept on stage.
Casula Powerhouse's Turbine Hall is transformed into a chaotic cacophony of colour and sound with artist Rosie Deacon's Moving Forrest. Trees will spin as kids crawl through an enchanting world, discovering creatures and animals in hidden corners and playing with the vines that run from tree to tree.
Reflections of Industry & Nature
Wednesday 18-Saturday 21 July | 10am -4pm| All Ages | Free
In the Marsden Gallery exhibition, Reflections of Industry & Nature, artist Steve Jannar from Liverpool Art Society has painted some of the wonderful natural areas around Sydney. Kids can enjoy the artworks by the talented artist as well as try their hand at guessing which trees and plants are included in the smelling station or which birds are on the soundtrack.
MAKE: a buffet of collaborative art making
Wednesday 18-Saturday 21 July | 10am -4pm| 4 years | Free
Welcome to MAKE: a buffet of collaborative art making for kids and their grown-ups. In MAKE participants are invited to participate in a smorgasbord of activities designed to encourage art and play including, funky felt making, edible jewellery design and giant still life drawing.
10-Minute Dance Parties
Friday 20 Saturday 21 July |11:00am |11:20am |11:40am | 12:00pm |12:20pm| 12:40pm| 1pm2:00pm| 2:20pm| 2:40pm | 3:00pm | 3:20pm| 3:40pm| 4:00pm
All ages (If under 5, must be accompanied by an adult) | All tix $5*
Note: Children under 12months are free. Bookings are still essential.
Joseph O'Farrell (JOF) in collaboration with Shopfront Arts Co-op welcomes kids and parents to the best dance party ever – but you only have 10 minutes to dance. And dance you will. 10-Minute Dance Parties are a crazy celebration of art and colour, costume and community, and the universal nature of dance!
URBAN HAIR SALON
Thursday 19 July | Please see website for session times, prices and age suitability
Experienced home barber Charles Lomu and his team of experienced barbers will take kids through the art of urban style barbering and braiding in a series of workshops called Urban Hair Salon.
WOW also has a range of contemporary art workshops taking place each day of the festival. Kids can try their hand at clay art, poster making, painting, portraits, drawing and more in these crafty workshops for little ones.
Garden and food making Workshop
Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 July | 11am & 3pm | 5 years | $5
Way out West Festival presents FOOD GARDENING PROGRAM. Casula Powerhouse has its very own garden and since 2017 it has been growing all sorts of vegetables.
Fence Paling Workshop
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July | 10am for 5 years | Free
Pot Planting Workshop
Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 July | 11am for 4 years | $8
Wednesday 18-Saturday 21 July | 10am -4pm| 13 years | Free
A dedicated space for 13-15-year-olds. Dancing Divas can enjoy a boogie at the M5 Roller Skating Rink as well as a music program that will involve a mix of musicians and slam poetry. This year, CPAC Youth will be running stalls that explore 80's culture with badge making, 80's style makeovers and a themed selfie space.
There's also the wonderful WOW Festival outdoor program where young and old can explore, create, imagine and do everything from daily morning yoga classes to enjoying story time and playing in a pop-up play space provided by Reverse Garbage.
This is just a snippet of the program. Go to the website for full details on all the shows, workshops and performances.
Tickets will be available via the website.
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