National Screen Challenge


“Arts Education at its very best.”

A great story can change the way people think about the world around them. Wakakirri is a performing arts festival where schools aim to do just that.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge allows schools that cannot perform at a Story-Dance Live Event to still take part.  Wakakirri is the Ultimate Performing Arts endeavour for schools proven to develop students’ creative thinking, school and self-pride, teamwork, and life skills.

A traditional Wakakirri Story-Dance is a performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, props, costumes and sets. Incorporate the annual signature item into your story for an extra challenge.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story-Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen. Film your Story-Dance in different locations and/or use animation and/or special effects during the editing process to enhance the telling of your story. The end result should look a like a music video clip with a strong storyline.

The best Wakakirri Screen Challenge entries will be reviewed and screened on Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’.

The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is accessible to every school in Australia and has categories for all levels of experience. Every school can enter. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance and offers special awards for schools that excel in this area.

Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Performing Arts event for schools, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.

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