The countdown is on - there are only two weeks until Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s annual Way Out West (WOW) Festival returns this school holidays for five days overflowing with crazy and creative family fun. From 10-14 July 2019, the Festival will keep kids entertained with live performances, interactive installations, incredible outdoor adventures and wondrous workshops.
“From brand new kids’ shows by leading entertainers, to crafty and educational workshops and free outdoor play, the WOW Festival returns in 2019 with a program brimming with adventure, discovery and just a little bit of magic,” said Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Director Craig Donarski.
“WOW Festival is about hands on fun and artistic exploration in all its forms. We have collected a huge array of wonderful activities and shows, all aimed at igniting imagination and sending kids on a creative journey of discovery. The 2019 WOW Festival program features over 230 chances to experience 18 performances and events, 22 workshops and four interactive installations, spread across 12 spaces in and around the Centre, over five days.”
“Our program of shows are world class, with some of the very best entertainers on hand to keep kids engaged for hours at a time. But the Powerhouse also believes that art should be accessible to all, which is why free events make up a large part of the program, meaning effectively you could come to the Festival with a packed lunch, stay for the entire day busy with activities and not spend a cent,” said Donarski.
Here are just some of the highlights for this year’s WOW Festival:
In Fire Bucket Elders Uncle Wes Marne (97years) and Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison with Moogahlin Performing Arts share their knowledge, wisdom and cheeky humour. Gather round the fire bucket to as these two master storytellers share dreamtime and creation moving backwards and forwards across place and time.
The Listies, Melbourne's maestros of kids’ comedy are coming to the WOW Festival 2019 with a brand new show, Rolling on the Floor Laughing So Hard A Little Bit of Wee Comes Out! Packed with insane, interactive and irreverent escapades, this show will have audiencesR.O.F.L.S.H.A.L.B.O.W.C.O (Rolling On The Floor Laughing So Hard A Little Bit Of Wee Comes Out)...bring a towel!
Another brand new show is Don't Mess With the Dummies. With a rockin’ soundtrack, unbelievable acrobatics and trademark Dummies frivolity, this circus-filled journey through the jungle is jam-packed with hilarity. Definitely not to be missed!
In an Australian premiere, Sydney-based collective Flatline present FIGURE OUT - a playful performance where dance, sound and drawing collide to expose the inner workings of the human body. Originally performed at Esplora, Malta’s Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara as a part of the Malta International Arts Festival, this immersive show will have audiences’ young and old seeing the body in a new light.
Step into the centre of a unique action adventure experience with Audio Play: The Turners. Equipped with a mobile phone and headphones players physically act out the story together, each guided by their own rich audio score and individualised instructions. This is a highly active and very immersive human tech experience; taking the imaginative, physical play that kids love.
Make the most of WOW Festival with Short + Hilarious, where three fabulous artists present three fantastic performances. Featuring a comedy magic show, a multi award winning ventriloquist and an educational adventure into the world of bubbles, these 30 minute shows are brimming with music, magic, and mayhem.