Double winners in Wakakirri

TORRENS Primary School and Wanniassa Junior School have been crowned ACT primary champions with their performances in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival at Canberra Theatre.

Torrens won its nomination with its performance, “A Gift of Memories”, dealing with the question of dementia, while Wanniassa, as previously reported, performed a Samoan traditional tale, “Nuu Suatia”.

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Courtesy of City News, – 8th September, 2017

Wakakirri Challenge brings out the best stories

EVER seen the crowds of children gathered outside the Canberra Theatre for the “Wakakirri” showcase, and wondered what it was all about?  Well, this week there’s a chance to find out, when the ACT Region Wakakirri Primary School Challenge takes place on stage.

This week will see the local award-winning shows battle it out to go onto the 25th Anniversary National finals, which will be announced in late October. Over 20,000 primary and secondary students in 240 schools across the country are involved.

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Courtesy of City News, – 4th September, 2017

A bright future in film

A short film starring young Wyndham actress Mariah will screen at a Sydney film festival this week.  Mariah, 11, spent three days filming The Passage of Flick earlier this year.  The movie will be shown at the Joy House Film Festival at the Hoyts Mandarin Centre in Chatswood this Sunday.

In a few weeks’ time, she will also play the lead role in her school’s entry into the WAKAKIRRI arts festival on September 18 at Hamer Hall.  Mariah said she hoped to continue acting and become a drama teacher, or open her own drama and dance studio.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly Wyndham – 5th September, 2017


Hope for homeless

Polly Littlewood is doing big things when it comes to helping out the homeless – and not her classmates at Randwick Public School are spreading the message through performance.

A 100 strong group of students have been nominated for the Best Raising Awareness Story Award for the NSW division two finals at the Wakakirri story-dance festival, to be held at Homebush on September 12.

They will perform ‘Hope from Home’ following the story of a homeless girl as she looks in through the windows of other’s lives, recognising how one selfless act can inspire people to make a world of change.

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Courtesy of the Southern Courier -5th September, 2017

Interview with Viv Nolan from Vincentia High School on The Stretto’ Show 2ST Nowra

Have a listen to teacher, Viv Nolan chatting with Stretto’ on 2ST about Vincentia High School’s Wakakirri journey from rehearsals to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.  The next stop is NIDA Theatre for the Awards Night in Sydney.  Hear how Wakakirri has positively impacted this school community.

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Courtesy of 2ST Nowra.

Dance highlights tragedy

What does the Hillsborough disaster in England on 15 April, 1989, and the 2017 mid-September Berwick Lodge Primary School dance event have in common?

The answer is Wakakirri – an Australian story-dance festival for primary and secondary school students.  Every year, the Wakakirri festival inspires and motivates hundreds of schools to tell – or retell – great stories in the form of dance.

From fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures, Wakakirri has it all.  But this year, Berwick Lodge Primary School’s Performing Arts teacher Lorraine Montgomery decided to do something a little different.

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Courtesy of Berwick News – 31st August, 2017

Port Lincoln students prepare Wakakirri performances

Port Lincoln Primary School is getting ready to tell another story through music and dance in this year’s Wakakirri performances.

Port Lincoln Primary School has been involved with Wakakirri for a number of years and performances have covered a number of topics including environmentalism, expressing yourself, bullying, video games and the stolen generation.

Courtesy of the Port Lincoln Times – 13th June, 2017

School students tell stories through Wakakirri dance

Students from Hunter schools will share their stories through dance in the annual Wakakirri national arts event next week.  Works range from wholly original stories to book adaptations and classic tales reworked.

“The most exciting thing about Wakakirri is seeing the kids so positively engaged and witnessing all of their hard work creating amazing stories,” festival director Adam Loxley said.

Port Stephens students, along with those from Cessnock, Tarro and Wallsend South public schools plus Lambton, Kurri Kurri high schools and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus, will perform their dances at Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Wednesday, August 30.

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Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald – 28th August, 2017