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Way Out West Festival (WOW) for Children 0-12 and Their Families

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Four huge days of creativity, learning, fun and games

Sydney's only contemporary arts festival for children is back these winter school holidays with four huge days of creativity, learning, fun and games!

The 7th annual Way Out West Festival (WOW) for Children comes to Casula Powerhouse from the 12th to 15th July 2017 and this year you and your family can choose from a diverse range of ticketed shows and fabulous FREE fun with leading Australian artists!

Children aged zero to 12 years and their families are invited to take part in interactive workshops, hands-on experiences and inspiring performances.

"From the world premiere of a new show by stage and screen starJay Laga'aia, to Academy Award-winning Japanese animation house: Studio Ghibli's film Kiki's Delivery Service, WOW Festival returns six years young. This time with a mind-expanding program to curate the school holidays for young audiences and families," said Craig Donarski Casula Powerhouse Director.

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. WOW also believes that the arts should be BY children as well as FOR children.

The arts are a central focus at Casula Powerhouse and this year's Festival encourages artistic explorations in all areas and all disciplines.

Highlights of this year's exciting program include:

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.

Cabaret performer Christa Hughes will premiere her brand new show for younger audiences, taking them on a journey of the human body in The World According to Farts and Other Extraordinary Sounds of the Human Body.

Children Get Crafty! Inside and Out

In an interactive creative indoor area, families can take part in 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 a 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 is hosting 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.

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!

All events are held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula.

Ticketing is now open for all events. Book today at or call 02 9824 1121.

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When: 12 - 15 July
Where: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula NSW 2170
Cost: Tickets start from $10
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