Wakakirri is 28 years young and still growing strongly. Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools welcomed 38,000 students from almost 300 schools, performing in 52 shows at 14 venues nationally in 2019. Participation levels were particularly high and seem set to rise again with hundreds of schools already registered for 2020. Most encouragingly the level of interest currently being received from secondary schools across all states is unprecedented.
Wakakirri believes great stories can open hearts and minds and inspire change. Each year students are encouraged to share their ideas and aspirations on a professional stage. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using any combination of dance, acting and creative movement.
Wakakirri registrations close at the end of March and places are limited. Completing an online expression of interest form for your school is quick and easy so enter now.
Enter your school for the 2020 Challenge
While the search for ‘Story of the Year’ and the Story Awards is strongly contested Wakakirri maintains an unwavering focus on inclusion and sustainability. Making the festival accessible to ALL students nationally, regardless of their financial situation, a school’s status or previous performing arts experience forms the organisation’s central charter.
Wakakirri is a not-for-profit registered charity that works tirelessly to secure grant funding that is allocated in entirety to disadvantaged youth and school communities in need. Requests for funding assistance are welcomed from new schools and those in challenging settings.
Wakakirri’s most recent research findings gathered from hundreds of educators at participating schools indicates the benefits and outcomes are both impressive and far reaching:
Participating in Wakakirri ‘improved’ or ‘greatly improved’ …
Time poor teachers or schools with minimal expertise in the Performing Arts can choose to utilise the Wakakirri Best Start Program. The Wakakirri Best Start Program is designed for both new and experienced schools, enlisting a Wakakirri specialist to come to your school to assist the existing team. Tailored to a school’s needs, a typical Best Start Program runs for 10 weeks mid year and can be offered as an incursion with a group of students or as a parent opt-in after school. Wakakirri Best Start Program.
Does your school have a story to tell? The search is on! Wakakirri is open to every school with separate events for primary, secondary and remote schools. Get involved in Wakakirri 2020. Entries close at the end of March and places are limited. To find out more visit www.wakakirri.com.