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Does your Primary school have a story to tell?

Wakakirri for Primary Schools
  • 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!  Wakakirri is an incredible experience for Primary schools.  The aims of Wakakirri is;
    • To create opportunities for student voice and expression
    • To build social and emotional wellbeing
    • To enhance connection and belonging
    • Student engagement

    Schools participate by creating Story-Dances which they can either perform in live theatres in capital cities and selected regional areas around Australia or submit a video.

    Schools can choose to tell any story that they wish. Schools’ performances are often inspired by the Wakakirri ethos ‘great stories inspire change’ and the annual festival signature motif (in 2022 the motif is RISE). Environmental, social, cultural, health, historical & reconciliation stories are all popular. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create and perform Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

    A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Primary Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, props, costumes, sets and film projections. The possibilities are endless! Incorporate the annual signature item into the story for an extra challenge.

    For dates, venues and everything else about Wakakirri Primary check out the buttons on this page!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Any primary school can enter.  Groups can sizes can range from 20 to 120.
  • Can we get help? Yes! If your school is under resourced or your teachers don’t have the time to help students create a story-dance the Wakakirri Artist is Residence program can provide a solution. Check out the details here.
  • Costs for Wakakirri vary according to how you choose participate (Wakakirri Live or Wakakirri Video). There also may be costs for sets props and travel that you might need to consider. Check out our price guide here.
  • Wakakirri is a festival, not a competition but Wakakirri does acknowledge schools who exemplify the Wakakirri ethos ‘Great Stories Inspire Change’ via a number of awards including Excellence in Performing Arts. See the full list of awards here.
STORY-DANCE GUIDELINES
  1. GUIDELINES
    1. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using any combination of dancing, acting, creative movement, sets and props, costumes, projection, and pre-recorded music.  Wakakirri Video entries can be creatively edited with special effects included.
    2. Schools can tell any STORY they wish. The story should be progressive (orientation, complication, resolution) engaging, easy to follow, appropriate, and relevant to the performers.
    3. The story should be mainly told through STORY-DANCING. Story Dancing is the creative combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to tell a story. Creativity and characterisation are important elements of Story Dancing
    4. The SOUNDTRACK should enhance the telling of the story but not relied upon to tell the story. Lyrical content must be rated no higher than PG
    5. A Story Dance item can have SETS, PROPS, COSTUMES and PROJECTIONS (and special effects for video entries) that enhance the telling of the story (not tell the story), well utilised and are not gratuitous. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their environmental footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance. Special awards are available to schools that excel in this area.
    6. Schools can incorporate the annual signature motif into their story for an extra challenge. This is NOT compulsory.
  2. Schools have the choice of entering the following events;
    1. Wakakirri Live (Perform live on stage)
    2. Wakakirri Video (Enter via video)
  3. Each event is divided into school levels
    1. Primary schools
    2. Secondary schools
    3. Dance schools & community groups
2022 IMPORTANT DATES

Dates advertised below are not confirmed and can change or be canceled pending sufficient number of schools participating in that region.

Wakakirri Live
  • Registrations close end of Term 1 (limited spots are still available.  Contact Wakakirri to find out more)
  • Student numbers and participation fee due Term 2 week 4
  • Wakakirri Live performance allocations announced Term 2 week 6
Wakakirri Video
  • Registrations close **Extended to 9th September**
  • Video submission due **Extended to the last Wednesday of Term 3 in your state**
  • Entry fee due **Extended to the last Wednesday of Term 3 in your state**

2022 Show dates

ACT

  • Performance Shows: 2nd – 3rd August (Canberra Theatre)
  • Awards Show: 8th September (Canberra Theatre)

NSW SYDNEY

  • Performance Shows: 11th – 12th August (NIDA),  23rd – 26th August (Riverside Theatres)
  • Awards Shows: 19th – 21st September: Primary Schools (Seymour Centre) & 23rd September – Secondary Schools & Dance Groups (NIDA)

NSW SHOALHAVEN

  • Performance Shows: 29th – 30th August (Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre)

QLD BRISBANE

  • Performance Shows: 10th – 12th August (Logan Entertainment Centre)
  • Awards Shows: 5th & 6th September (Logan Entertainment Centre)

QLD SUNSHINE COAST

  • Performance Shows: 25th July (The Events Centre, Caloundra)

SA

  • Performance Shows: 10th – 11th August (Adelaide Entertainment Centre)

VIC

  • Performance Shows: 4th – 5th August (Clocktower Centre),  23rd – 25th August (Frankston Arts Centre)
  • Awards Shows: 5th – 6th: Primary Schools & 7th September: Secondary and Dance Groups (Clocktower Centre)

WA

  • Performance Show: 8th August (Perth Concert Hall)
COSTS

Wakakirri Live

  • Participation fees for Wakakirri Live are $35 (incl GST) per student which includes pre season workshops, certificates and a streamable copy of your school’s performance. 
  • Optional costs to consider include props, costumes and transport to the theatre. 
  • Parents and friends are invited to watch students perform. Tickets prices start at $36

Wakakirri Video

  • The fee for Wakakirri Video is $200 (incl GST) per entry. This includes screening, certificates and feedback.

Artist in Residence Programs

  • There are a variety of AIR programs. For a full list of prices go to our Artist in Residence Page here

Subsidies for schools

  • The Wakakirri Inspiration Fund was established to encourage and assist disadvantaged schools to participate in Wakakirri. The fund is filled each year by public donations and grants. Schools can apply for subsidies on participation fees via the fund here.
VENUE GUIDES AND INFORMATION

ACT

CANBERRA THEATRE
  • Address: Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
  • Stage Dimensions: 10.5m wide by 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Underage Tickets: Under 12 months free on an adult knee
  • Daytime entrance: Enter via the stage entrance in the laneway opposite the assembly building and not through the main foyer.  Please wait to be met by Wakakirri
  • Bus drop off: Front of building – drop off only
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangement
  • Set drop off location: Loading dock behind theatre in laneway
  • Set drop off times: 2nd August between 10 – 11:30am / 3rd August between 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Catering: Parklands near venue for lunch and food outlets only a short walk away
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 8:45pm end time
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

NSW Sydney

NIDA
  • Address: 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington
  • Stage Dimensions: 14m wide x 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets: 2 and under
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: tbc
  • Daytime entrance: Stage Door off carpark S end NIDA building
  • Bus drop off: Out the front of the venue
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Stage Door off carpark S end NIDA building
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Cafe at venue and parklands near venue for lunch breaks and food outlets only a short walk away.  No food or drink to be consumed in the theatre.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 8:50pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

RIVERSIDE THEATRES
  • Address: corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
  • Stage Dimensions: 10.5m wide x 7.7m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Limited
  • Underage Tickets: 18 months and under free on an adult knee
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Daytime entrance: Via stage door do not enter via foyer
  • Bus drop off: Out the front of the venue (drop off only)
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Loading dock accessed from Market Street
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Town Centre and food outlets nearby. Park across the road suitable for lunch and play.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

SEYMOUR CENTRE
  • Address:Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale
  • Stage Dimensions: 12m wide x 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Limited
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Daytime entrance: Stage door
  • Bus drop off only: 12 seaters or smaller vehicles via Stage Door.  Vehicles larger than 12 seaters drop off at bus stop near the corner of City Road and Cleveland Street.
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Stage door
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Parklands near venue for lunch breaks.  No food or drink to be consumed in the theatre.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9:15pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host

NSW Newcastle

CIVIC THEATRE
  • Address: 375 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW
  • Stage Dimensions: 10m wide by 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes

NSW Shoalhaven

SHOALHAVEN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
  • Address: 42 Bridge Road, Nowra NSW
  • Stage Dimensions: 14m wide x 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets: Under 2 free on an adult knee
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes
  • Daytime entrance: Enter via the Stage Door at the rear of building.
  • Bus drop off: Access off Graham Street, Nowra
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Rear loading dock/stage door (accessed off Graham Street)
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Food is permitted in the dressing rooms only during the daytime only.  No food in the auditorium.  Food and drinks available throughout the day at the Encore Café & Bar.  There are also eateries and cafes near the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.  No external commercial food is permitted into the venue.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 8:30pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

NSW Wollongong

WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
  • Address: Corner Crown & Harbour Streets, Wollongong
  • Stage Dimensions: 18m wide x 12m deep
  • Curtain: No
  • Wings: Limited
  • Crossover: Limited
  • Underage Tickets (no cost): 2 and under

QLD Brisbane

LOGAN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
  • Address: 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central
  • Stage Dimensions:  11.2m x 7.2/8.4m (Please note: A thrust has been added to the front of the stage making it 8.4m in depth however schools will need to end their performance at the 7m mark so as not to be in front of the curtain as it comes down).
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Limited
  • Underage Tickets: 2 and under free on an adult knee
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Daytime entrance:Via the foyer.  Please wait on the forecourt to be met by Wakakirri staff
  • Bus drop off: At rear of the building
  • Bus Parking: There are designated bays for these types of vehicles at the back of the LEC building.
  • Set drop off location: Loading dock at the rear of the building
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Only Children performing are able to bring their own lunches/dinner into the venue or they can purchase food from the kiosk. No food allowed in the auditorium or carpeted dressing rooms. Lunch can be eaten outside on grassy forecourt.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

QLD Mackay

MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT & CONVENTION CENTRE
  • Address: Alfred Street, Mackay
  • Stage Dimensions: 12m wide by 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Limited

QLD Sunshine Coast

EVENTS CENTRE
  • Address: 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra
  • Stage Dimensions: 10m wide by 9.9m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Limited
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets: Under 2 free on an adult knee
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Daytime entrance: Via the foyer from Minchinton Street
  • Bus drop off: Out the front of the venue (drop off only)
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Loading dock accessed from Nutley Street.
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Town Centre and food outlets nearby. Areas surrounding venue suitable for lunch and play
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9:15pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

SA

ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
  • Address: Corner Port Rd and Adam St, Hindmarsh
  • Stage Dimensions: 18m wide by 12m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: No
  • Underage Tickets: Under 3 free on an adult knee
  • Daytime entrance: Through loading dock A (at rear of venue)
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Bus drop off: Rear of venue
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Enter via Manton Street Gate 3.  Proceed to loading dock A and follow signs.
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Food outlets within walking distance from venue.  Food is permitted in the dressing rooms only during the daytime only.  No food in the auditorium
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5:30pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6pm
  • Show Running Times: 7pm to approx. 9:50pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.
  • Venue requirements: All electrical items brought on site will require a tag and test (including anything students bring for phone charges etc)

VICTORIA

CLOCKTOWER CENTRE
  • Address: 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
  • Stage Dimensions: 11m wide by 9m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Limited
  • Crossover: Limited
  • Underage Tickets: under18 months free on an adult knee
  • Daytime entrance: Through front entrance.  Please wait to be greeted by Wakakirri.
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Bus drop off: Front of the venue (drop off only)
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: At the rear of the building in loading dock on Pascoe Vale Road.  Contact the Show Day Wakakirri Rep to have the roller door opened (Contact details will be provided in your ‘pre-show’ email.  Small items and hand held props can come through the main entrance.
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Closest food outlets within walking distance, situated around Puckle Street precinct.  Clocktower Centre Cafe: open 8.30am – 2pm.  No food purchased from outside suppliers is to be consumed in public areas (including the café and foyer areas).
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9:15pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

FRANKSTON ARTS  CENTRE
  • Address: 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston
  • Stage Dimensions: 13m wide by 10m deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Limited
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets: 12 months and under free on an adult knee
  • Daytime entrance:Through front entrance.  Please wait to be greeted by Wakakirri in the foyer.
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Bus drop off: Out the front of venue on Concourse Street 
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Loading dock at side of building
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Food outlets with in a 5-minute walk from the venue. No food and drink on stage or in the auditorium.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.

HAMER HALL
  • Address:100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Stage Dimensions: 12.5m wide by 8.5m deep
  • Curtain: No
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets (no cost): under 3 years

WA

PERTH CONCERT HALL
  • Address: 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Stage Dimensions: 10m (back of stage) to 18m (front of stage) wide by 10.5 deep
  • Curtain: Yes
  • Wings: Yes
  • Crossover: Yes
  • Underage Tickets Under 2 years free on an adult knee
  • Barefoot on stage permitted: Yes (on stage only)
  • Daytime entrance: Stage Door via PCH VIP Car Park. Eastern side of venue.
  • Bus drop off: Students to be dropped off at Terrace Road and walk up the stairs to meet Wakakirri Rep in the foyer. Accessibility access is on St Georges Terrace level. Call the Rep if needed.
  • Bus Parking: Own arrangements
  • Set drop off location: Loading Dock.  Access to Perth Concert Hall’s loading dock is via St Georges Terrace, using the driveway to the east of the building. The easiest way for trucks is to travel west along Adelaide Terrace until it becomes St Georges Terrace at the Victoria Avenue intersection. Then taking the driveway immediately after the Duxton Hotel. A ramp or tail lift is required to unload and load equipment from trucks. The loading dock has a fixed height of 620mm and width of 2750mm
  • Set drop off times: One hour before rehearsal time
  • Catering: Food and drink may not be taken inside the auditorium.  Schools can bring their own food and eat outside of the venue. There are have several areas that have overhead cover but do not have wind cover.
  • Schools to be back at the venue by: 5pm
  • Red Carpet Event: 6:15pm
  • Show Running Times: 7:15pm to approx. 9:15pm
  • Pick up points after show: To be announced during the show by the host.
2022 STORY-DANCE LIVE RULES
  1. STORIES
    1. Performance Duration
      1. Minimum of three (3) minutes and a maximum of seven (7) minutes in length. Timing of the performance begins with the first sound and/or movement and concludes with the last sound and/or movement.
      2. Schools that exceed the seven-minute time limit will be penalised. Items exceeding seven (7) minutes and 30 seconds will not be permitted to perform on stage.
    2. Basic Numbers
      1. Minimum Student Numbers = 20
      2. Maximum Student Numbers = 120 (includes backstage crew)
      3. Maximum of 3 entries per school
      4. The total number of student/adult helpers allowed to assist with Dressing, Hair and Make-up etc. is based on the ratio of 1-10 performers/stage crew. (I.e. 80 cast/crew = 8 helpers)
      5. The appropriate legal teacher-student supervision ratio is also required from each school.
    3. Indigenous stories
      1. Wakakirri requires schools to gain permission and take special consideration when interpreting Indigenous stories or portraying Indigenous individuals or images.
    4. Story Content Rating
      1. Must be rated no higher than PG. Wakakirri reserves the right to make schools remove any content (including soundtracks or images) that are rated higher than PG.
  2. SOUNDTRACK
    1. Music used must be pre-recorded.
    2. Instruments can be used on stage as props but the audio must come from your pre-recorded soundtrack. No microphones or amplification for instruments will be provided.
    3. Soundtracks used by must be rated no higher than PG.
    4. Music must be brought to the performance day on ONE single, edited track on USB (or other device if specified by Wakakirri depending on individual venue requirements.)
  3. MAKE-UP
    1. Please ensure that you bring drop sheets on the day of your performance especially if you are using make-up. These MUST be used in the dressing rooms to prevent make-up from staining dressing room surfaces.
    2. Schools will be charged for extra cleaning by the venue if they do not adhere to these rules and fail to bring along and use drop sheets.
  4. LIGHTING
    1. Wakakirri events are held in Professional Theatres with a multi purpose lighting rig installed that can produce a range of colours and effects. Schools cannot bring additional lighting and must use what Wakakirri supplies.
    2. Each school must provide a teacher to describe and call the lighting cues to the lighting operator.
  5. PROJECTION
    1. Schools have the option of projecting still or moving images onto the rear cyclorama using a pre rigged data projector provided.
    2. Images must be provided on USB (refer to the venue information guide for file formats and aspect ratios).
    3. No still or moving images of any kind can be used unless they are original (i.e created by students for Wakakirri), royalty free or permission has been granted by the owner of those images.
  6. USE OF IMAGES
    1. No images of any kind can be used unless they are ORIGINAL (i.e created by students for Wakakirri), royalty free or permission has been granted by the owner of those images.  This includes still and moving images for projection as well as any designs replicated for use on sets, props, or costumes.
    2. It is up to each school to seek permission to use copyrighted images to gain this approval and to forward a copy of this approval to the Wakakirri National Office.  Schools must retain a record at the school and bring with them to show day as evidence should the Wakakirri crew require proof of approval.
    3. Wakakirri has the right to refuse any projections, sets, props or costumes should it be in breach of rule 6.1
  7. CORPORATE LOGOS/SYMBOLS
    1. Schools must NOT use corporate symbols, logos or names. Schools must obtain permission from corporations before using their symbols/logos or name.  It is up to each school to seek and gain this approval, forward a copy of this approval to the Wakakirri National Office and retain a record at the school and bring with them to show day as evidence should the Wakakirri crew require proof of approval.
    2. Wakakirri has the right to refuse any projections, sets, props or costumes should it be in breach of rule 7.1
  8. STAGING
    1. Stage Crews
      1. If you have set pieces and props, you must provide a backstage crew of students who are rehearsed in moving the set on and off the stage, in the allocated time.
    2. Setting the stage
      1. When called each school has 2 minutes to set their stage
      2. At the conclusion of the performance each school has 2 minutes to strike their set from the stage.
  9. SETS AND PROPS
    1. All sets and large props MUST fit safely into a backstage area of 3 x 2m. All sets and props must fit into your backstage area safely and securely. Sets and props may be stacked (safely) on top of each other in this space.
    2. Each individual set or prop must be able to be safely moved and lifted by a maximum of 4 students.
    3. All individual sets and props must fit through a standard door frame (80cm x 2m) when moving onto the stage. They can expand once on stage.
    4. No set or prop may exceed 3m in height on stage.
    5. Handrails must be used if a performer is standing/moving on sets at or above 1.5m.
    6. All sets must be non-flammable
    7. Only costumes and props you can hold in one hand can be stored in your dressing space.
    8. No scenery or backdrops can be ‘flown in’ (i.e. hanging from the Theatre fly bars or from the ceiling). All sets must be ‘free standing’ on the stage. No rigging is allowed
    9. The safety and eligibility of all sets and props, including their appropriate storage backstage, will be determined and approved by the Stage Manager on the day. Unsafe sets and props will not be allowed on stage.
    10. Schools must ensure their sets and props are collected from the venue at the end of each night. Anything left on the premises is done so at the sole risk and cost of the school.
    11. Any piece exceeding the measurement restrictions will not be permitted on stage.
  10. SAFE DANCE AND STAGE PRACTICES
    1. All schools must follow the Safe Dance Practices guidelines according to their State or Territory education department.
    2. The Wakakirri Stage Manager has the right to stop a school from performing if they are using dance practices deemed to be unsafe.
    3. Bikes, skateboards, roller-skates, stilts etc. on stage
      1. Bikes, skateboards, ride on toys, stilts etc. are all referred to as ‘ride on toys’ in the following rules.
      2. Schools must have signed approval from students’ parents and Principal approving the use of the ride on toy.
      3. If a student can fall from a height when using the ride on toy (e.g. stilts) then a spotter (i.e someone to catch them if they fall) must be used.
      4. Any student operating a ride on toy must wear appropriate safety gear. i.e. helmets and pads.
      5. Students cannot ride faster than walking pace.
      6. No tricks or manoeuvres that may involve potential loss of control of the toy are allowed.
      7. The Wakakirri Stage Manager has the right to refuse the use of a ride on toy in a performance if he/she decides it does not comply with Wakakirri rules or is unsafe.
    4. Duty of Care / Supervision
      1. Teachers must follow the Duty of Care requirements as set out by their respective Departments of Education, including carrying a first aid kit.
      2. Your school Principal must authorise  the use and appropriateness of all content including story, music, dance practices, sets, props and/or acrobatics used in our performance and declare them to be in accordance with Education Department  guidelines
      3. The Wakakirri Stage and Production Manager reserves the right to ban any performances on the day deemed to have unsafe, racist, or culturally inappropriate elements.
      4. Wakakirri is a drug free, alcohol free and smoke free event. Any students breaking this rule will not be allowed to perform and may result in your school being disqualified.
    5. Prohibited Items
      1. Sets requiring mains power. N.B. Battery operated lights such as torches are acceptable.
      2. Pyrotechnics (fireworks etc.)
      3. Any liquids (including Flammable liquids)
      4. Naked flame including candles
      5. Dry ice
      6. Water Sprayers
      7. Fire extinguishers are not permitted for use in creating stage effects
      8. Glass
      9. Straw Bales
      10. Flying Foxes
      11. Helium Balloons must be tied down or weighted to prevent rising
      12. Glitter or confetti is not to be thrown in the air at any stage of your performance. It is only permitted as part of makeup or prop decoration and glue must always be used.
      13. Tap shoes are prohibited at some venues. If you intend to use tap shoes, you must contact Wakakirri to discuss whether this is possible at your performance venue.
  11. AWARDS NIGHT
      1. There must be no alteration to the performance between the Performance night and Awards night
2022 STORY-DANCE VIDEO RULES
  1. STORIES
    1. Performance Duration
      1. Minimum of three (3) minutes and a maximum of seven (7) minutes in length. Timing of the performance begins with the first sound and/or movement and concludes with the last sound and/or movement.
      2. Schools that exceed the seven-minute time limit will be penalised. Items exceeding seven (7) minutes and 30 seconds will not be accepted.
    2. Basic Numbers
      1. There is no min or max student number
      2. Maximum of 3 entries per school
    3. Indigenous stories
      1. Wakakirri requires schools to gain permission and take special consideration when interpreting Indigenous stories or portraying Indigenous individuals or images.
    4. Story Content Rating
      1. Must be rated no higher than PG.
      2. Wakakirri reserves the right to ban any performances deemed to have unsafe, racist, or culturally inappropriate elements.
  2. FILMING
    1. Editing and special effects should enhance the telling of the story (not tell the story), be well utilised and not be gratuitous.
    2. Filming location can change throughout the performance.
    3. Multiple camera shots are permissible. You can film your story-dance as separate clips and edit the clips together
    4. Special editing effects can be used to enhance the delivery of the story.
    5. No editing or specific camera skills are required for filming your Story-Dance, (though they are permissible) you will be marked mainly on the performance, not on the editing.
  3. SOUNDTRACK
    1. Soundtracks used by must be rated no higher than PG.
  4. SETS AND PROPS
    1. There are no restrictions on the sizing of props and sets however the Wakakirri Story-Dance philosophy, where we encourage resourcefulness and minimisation in the design, creation and use of sets, props and costumes, should be considered
  5. SAFE DANCE AND STAGE PRACTICES
    1. All schools must follow the Safe Dance Practices guidelines according to their State or Territory education department.
  6. USE OF IMAGES
    1. No images of any kind can be used unless they are ORIGINAL (i.e created by students for Wakakirri), royalty free or permission has been granted by the owner of those images.  This includes still and moving images for projection as well as any designs replicated for use on sets, props, or costumes.
    2. It is up to each school to seek permission to use copyrighted images to gain this approval and to forward a copy of this approval to the Wakakirri National Office.  Schools must retain a record at the school.
    3. Wakakirri has the right to refuse video entries should they breach rule 6.1
  7. CORPORATE LOGOS/SYMBOLS
    1. Schools must NOT use corporate symbols, logos or names. Schools must obtain permission from corporations before using their symbols/logos or name.  It is up to each school to seek and gain this approval, forward a copy of this approval to the Wakakirri National Office and retain a record at the school
    2. Wakakirri has the right to refuse video entries should they breach rule 7.1
GREAT STORIES INSPIRE CHANGE

Schools can choose to tell any story that they wish. Schools’ performances are often inspired by the Wakakirri ethos ‘great stories inspire change’ and the annual festival signature motif (in 2022 the motif is RISE).

Wakakirri has chosen ‘RISE’ as its 30th birthday signature motif for 2022. RISE represents optimism and change after the adversity of the last two years. As per previous years the signature motif is not compulsory.

Wakakirri acknowledges schools who exemplify the Wakakirri ethos ‘Great Stories Inspire Change’ (schools efforts in raising awareness, community building and excellence in performing arts).  At the end of the season a special selection of schools are showcased in the Wakakirri TV special.

National Festival Awards 

  • Excellence in Performing Arts Award – Awarded to schools that embrace excellence, creativity, innovation and commitment in the creation of their Wakakirri Story-Dance.
  • Raising Awareness Story Award presented by Muffin Break – Awarded to schools for their Wakakirri Story-Dance AND community work to effectively raise awareness about an important community issue.
  • Reconciliation Story Award presented by Reconciliation Australia – Awarded to schools for their Wakakirri Story-Dance AND community work to increase respect, reduce prejudice or strengthen relationships between the wider Australian Community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  (Reconciliation Australia Teachers Resource Video / Reconciliation Australia Teachers Fact Sheet)
  • Environmental Story Award 
  • Mental Health Story Award 
  • Animal Welfare Story Award 
  • Cultural Diversity/multicultural Story Award 
  • Human Rights Story Award 
  • History Story Award
  • Entertainment Story Award
2022 SIGNATURE MOTIF: RISE

Schools can choose to tell any story that they wish. Schools’ performances are often inspired by the Wakakirri ethos ‘great stories inspire change’ and the annual festival signature motif (in 2022 the motif is RISE). Environmental, social, cultural, health, historical & reconciliation stories are all popular. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create and perform Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

Wakakirri has chosen ‘RISE’ as its 30th birthday signature motif for 2022. RISE represents optimism and change after the adversity of the last two years. As per previous years the signature motif is not compulsory.

TEACHER PD MASTERCLASS

“Schools that complete the Wakakirri Masterclass always get better results.”

Held on Monday 9th May 2022 the P.D Masterclass is a 60 minute webinar presented by Wakakirri Festival Director Adam Loxley and Wakakirri Program Coordinator Tony Keeble, designed to help schools create imaginative Story-Dances, avoid common mistakes and make their Wakakirri experience stress-free success.

Topics covered include:
  • What exactly is a Story-Dance?
  • 3 Secrets to success. The building blocks for constructing a successful Story-Dance (without stress!)
  • Production elements; soundtrack, sets, props and costumes. Where do you start?
Resources;

Watch the 2022 Teacher Masterclass

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Not sure where to start?

Wakakirri can provide qualified Performing Arts Facilitators that can come to your school and do most of the heavy lifting needed to create a story-dance performance. Teachers can still be involved in the process but without the pressure of being in charge! Wakakirri’s Artist in Residence Programs can be used for Wakakirri Live or Wakakirri Video events.

  • Most of our programs run across Terms 2-3, in preparation for a Term 3 performance.
  • Our programs can operate at any time during school days (lunchtimes, during class, before or after school) and can run as an in-school activity or as an optional extracurricular activity.

For more information or to book a free initial consultation call, click here.

HAVING TROUBLE AFFORDING WAKAKIRRI? WE CAN HELP!

The Wakakirri Inspiration Fund raises funds to help schools in disadvantaged communities to participate in Wakakirri. Any school can apply for funds, they simply need their Principal to complete the below form outlining their request. Schools can apply for funding each year which can be spent on subsidising Wakakirri student participation fees

One school spoke to Education Today about how they’ve benefitted from the Wakakirri Inspiration Fund, read more here

Selection Criteria;
  • Schools with an ICSEA of less than 1000 are prioritised.
  • Schools that have never participated in Wakakirri before are prioritised.
  • Applications must be received before funding cycles close.
2022 Funding cycles
  • Round 1 close 17th December 2021 (schools notified of outcome 11th February, 2022)
  • Round 2 close 10th March 2022 (schools notified of outcome 21st March, 2022)
How to apply
  • Applications for 2022 are now closed.
  • Funding applications for 2023 will reopen in Term 4
NEED MORE INFORMATION or WANT TO REGISTER?

Click here to either register for the Wakakirri 2022 live and video events or to contact us for more information on the Artist in Residence Program, Inspiration Fund, and how your school can benefit from participating in Australia’s largest performing arts event!

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