What is Wakakirri?

“Arts Education at its very best.”

Does your school have a story to tell? A great story can change the way people think about the world around them. Wakakirri is a Story Dance Festival where schools aim to do just that.

Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story Dance Festival, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year.

Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.

Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend show day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the red carpet with the Wakakirri Panel and perform on the big stage.

Wakakirri is for 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.

Wakakirri is organised by the Wakakirri Story-Dance Association Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation (since 2004).

What is a Story-Dance?

A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, acting and creative movement to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, props, costumes, sets, and in some cases; film, projections and singing. The possibilities are endless!  Schools are also able to incorporate the annual signature item into their story for an extra challenge and every school’s story is filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’.

Wakakirri Events

“Participation in Wakakirri covers a big part of our Schools Performing Arts program”

How can new schools get involved?

Wakakirri is for EVERY and ANY (public or private) school in Australia. Getting your school involved in Wakakirri is easy. Schools can simply create their own work or use the Wakakirri Artist In Residence program if their teachers are time poor and feel they need help.

If you are a Principal, teacher, parent or a student and you want your school to get involved this year or next year simply follow this link and we will send you with further information with all the options.

What does Wakakirri Mean?

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.