Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Current at 11:00am (AEST), Monday 22nd June, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: Wakakirri able to offer limited live events in Term 4 and Online Challenges

Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, Wakakirri is only able to offer a live event to Victorian Secondary and Dance schools in 2020. Schools in other States and Territories around Australia will be able to participate in Wakakirri Online but no live events are able to be staged.

The cancelations are due to a combination of factors including ongoing crowd gathering restrictions at live indoor events, a crowded Term 4 schedule for schools and financial responsibility for Wakakirri’s long term future. This decision was taken in the best interests of Wakakirri being able to return in 2021.

The following Wakakirri events will take place in 2020;

  • Victoria Secondary & Victoria Dance Schools: A modified live event in Term 4 will be offered to Victorian Secondary & Dance schools only.  Click here for details on the event. The Victorian Government is a major sponsor of Wakakirri and is directly funding this event.
  • Victoria Primary Schools: Live events have been cancelled for 2020.  Schools are instead encouraged to enter Wakakirri Online which includes Story-Dance Video and Screen Challenge.  Find out more here.
  • ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, WA Schools: Live events for Primary and Secondary schools have been cancelled for 2020. Schools are instead encouraged to enter Wakakirri Online which includes Story-Dance Video and Screen Challenge. Find out more here.
  • 2021: Wakakirri will return in 2021 across Australia in its normal capacity.

The Wakakirri Online – Story-Dance Video event has been established for 2020 only.  To allow any school that has created a Story-Dance or planning to create a Story-Dance to participate this year.  Schools participating in this event will be eligible for awards including the Reconciliation Story Award, State Story Awards and the biggy “Story of the Year”.

It is with a heavy heart that this decision has been made. We have tried our best to come up with alternative solutions so schools would have a chance to perform but it has proved to be a bridge too far.  Rest assured that Wakakirri will definitely be back in 2021, bigger and better than ever!  We would like to thank the hundreds of schools who did not cancel their registrations and held on to the last moment.  We thank you for your support and hope to see you again soon.

If you require more information you know that our friendly staff are always there to help.  Please stay safe and keep dancing!

Kind regards

Adam Loxley
WAKAKIRRI | Festival Director
T: +61 (0)2 9669 3777 I P: PO box 6384 Alexandria, NSW 2015
www.wakakirri.com


Current at 12:30pm (AEST), Monday 4th May, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: Wakakirri Live Season moves to term 4!  

As per our last announcement, we are still endeavouring to provide schools the opportunity to participate in Wakakirri in a modified form. Here is the latest information;

Story-Dance Live

  • Wakakirri has moved its live performance season shows to Term 4. The new dates are here.These shows will be a modified version of Wakakirri with reduced audiences designed to comply with social distancing guidelines. Providing a safe environment for your students remains our highest priority.
  • Due to the ever changing situation surrounding coronavirus, schools will be sent an email on June 22 confirming the status of the live event.
  • No action is required from Wakakirri schools until June 22. Commitment to participate will only be required once we confirm that shows can proceed and your school is able to attend.

Screen Challenge

  • The 2020 Screen Challenge will continue as originally scheduled for this year.

In the meantime, we have created something fun! Waka In DA House!

Wakakirri have come up with a fun, online performing arts activity for Term 2 that students can complete at home or at school and it’s FREE!!

Waka In Da House is Story-Dance reimagined to work with students in isolation and/or social distancing. It’s easy to do using a short script, Tik Tok dances and a video conferencing app like Zoom. The end result is a short video you can upload and will be shared online.

Check out our sample video here. Waka HQ will send you everything (no other preparation required) you need to create your own Waka In DA House video. Registrations will open on Monday, 11th May.

We believe that in these stressful times, maintaining regular activities that connect teachers and students (especially those in the arts) and working towards a goal is more important than ever.

If you require more information, you know that our friendly staff are always there to help.

Please stay safe and keep dancing!

Kind regards

Adam Loxley
WAKAKIRRI | Festival Director
T: +61 (0)2 9669 3777 I P: PO box 6384 Alexandria, NSW 2015
www.wakakirri.com


Current at 12.45pm, Friday 20th March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE:  Wakakirri Registrations extended! .  

As per our last announcement we are still endeavouring to provide schools the opportunity to participate in Wakakirri in a modified form.

  1. The situation is changing day by day, therefore we will wait until things are more clear and make an announcement regarding the final format of Wakakirri 2020 on May 4. 

  2. Closing date for registrations has been extended until May 4th.

  3. No payments will be required at this stage. Payment will only be required when it is 100% confirmed that shows can proceed and your school is able to attend.

Please continue to register as we are ever hopeful we will be able to provide your school with an opportunity to perform live on stage in 2020.

We believe that in these stressful times, maintaining regular activities (especially those in the arts) and working towards a goal is more important than ever. 

We are still following recommendations from State and Federal Health and Education Departments and using that advice to guide our decision making process. Providing a safe environment for teachers and students is our highest priority. 

If you require more information, you know that our friendly staff are always there to help.

Please stay safe and keep dancing!

Adam Loxley
WAKAKIRRI | Festival Director


Current at 11:30am 16 March 2020

Good news for Wakakirri Schools re Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The show will go on!

The organisers of Wakakirri would like to assure all schools that it has developed a series of strategies to ensure that Wakakirri live shows will still go on should the 500 people public gathering ban be in place when the Wakakirri live season take place.
  • Wakakarri 2020 will go ahead
  • Performances will be moved to late August / September
  • Strategies have been developed for the Performance Season to limit crowds or continue with a ’no crowd’ format if required
We are following recommendations from State and Federal Health and Education Departments and using that advice to guide our decision making process. Providing a safe environment for your students is our highest priority. We also believe that in these stressful times, maintaining regular activities (especially those in the arts) is more important than ever.

All of our alternate strategies involve students performing live on stage and range from limited audience shows to no audience, judge only shows. Additionally, later performance dates to give schools more time to prepare due to disrupted rehearsals are being booked.

At the Wakakirri office it is business as usual. We are preparing for all scenarios and hoping that none will be needed. If you require more information you know that our friendly staff are always there to help. We will endeavour to keep everyone up to date as the situation develops.

Please stay safe and keep dancing!

Adam Loxley
WAKAKIRRI | Festival Director