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A FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Following a two-year hiatus, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre's annual Way Out West (WOW) Festival returns bigger than ever! This year's event features an expanded seven day program over the spring school holidays from 24-30 September.

Expect immersive and engaging family fun with a wide range of arts, cultural events and activities suitable for children, young people, families, and people of all abilities.

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The exciting 2022 festival program, curated by Susie Rugg and Pip Hall, includes FREE all-day drop-in events, ticketed workshops and performances, interactive art exhibitions, outdoor play, and music events with a strong focus on sustainability, community and play.

"The 2022 program features world-class shows with some of the best entertainers. But we believe that our event should be accessible to all, which is why we are proud to again offer free events too that make up a large part of the week" said Craig Donarski, Casula Powerhouse Director.

"From magic to music, to theatre, cabaret, bubbles and interactive creative fun, we're packing in something for everyone."

Tickets are now on sale.

Plus rock up on the day for loads of free stuff and tickets will also be available at the door.

Here are just some of the highlights of this year's WOW Festival.

Bunny Racket

FAMILY SHOWS:

Australia's favourite bubbleman, Dr. Hubble's Bubbles takes you on a fun, funny (and slightly emotional) journey into the world of bubbles.

Pack your dancing shoes for some unmissable musical shows! Bunny Racket is here to rock you and his gang of fluffy punk rock friends serve up real rock'n'roll for everybody. The Lah Lah's introduce children and their families to the wonderful world of music and musical instruments. And we didn't forget about the little ones as The Beanies bring a musical adventure with BIG imaginations!

Have a laugh with Splash Test Dummies and see a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy the dummies are famous for. Or spend time with Mr. Magic himself, Adam Mada in Mada's Marvels, a hilarious interactive show.

Re-written Workshop

WORKSHOPS:

Make your own bespoke art journal from repurposed books at a special family workshop; help transform the CPAC garden into an adventure playground using wood, fabric and tools at The Big Build. Turn yourself into WOW Festival royalty, make a crown inspired by Katy Plummer's installation, or experience a performative workshop Air Sticks PLAY led by researchers from Monash University SensiLab that will take kids on a magical audio-visual story of electronic musical instruments.

Join Master Magician Adam Mada, magic coach for Australia's Got Talent, N.I.D.A and the Australian cast of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 for an hour of tricks and tomfoolery that will have you wowing your friends and family in no time and join the team behind the Splash Test Dummies for an hour of topsy turvy circus skills and fun!

Grand Daggy Disco

INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS:

Step into Katy Plummer's magical installation You are the Darling Royal Child of Time Herself and get hands-on with a series of make and play activity stations.

Plus stop by the Youth Makers Market where twenty makers aged 4-18 will be selling their handmade wares. Meet and chat with the makers and take home an original artwork, delicious treat or crafty creation! Have a boogie at the Grand Daggy Disco then Drop into Shadowlands, an immersive play space for children to get creative with light!

Turtle Walk

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE & PLAY:

Get out and play! Inspired by the Zero Litter in Georges River Project, Liverpool Council's early learning centres have transformed their recyclables into some friendly turtles to create Turtle Walk. There are big ones and small ones all hidden for you to find! Stop by the pop-up Liverpool City Council Library to relax, read and lose yourself in the wonderful world of words or pictures! And don't forget to grab some coloured chalk to transform the pathways on the Chalk Walk. Plus explore the CPAC garden with vegetable sculpture workshops, bee workshops and more!

CLOSING BREAKDANCING CHAMPIONSHIP

WOW Festival will close out with a special youth day on 30 September with the world breakdancing championship Freestyle Session. Run by Street University and held in the Turbine Hall, the annual street dancing competition crowns the best dancers and serves as the Australian qualifier for the world championship. Originally held only in the United States, Freestyle Session is now recognised worldwide.

 

Plan your WOW adventure today and purchase tickets at www.casulapowerhouse.com/visit/wow-childrens-festival-in-2022

For more information on what's on, make sure to follow @casulapowerhouse on Facebook and Instagram.


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When: 24 30 September
Where: 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170
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