WOW Festival is an interactive festival celebrating young people’s curiosity and imagination. It works with some of the best and most exciting Australian artists and story tellers to make art with the kids, and provide learning and entertainment that is entertaining and stimulating for the kids. The programming is tailor made for kids in Western Sydney of all ages from infancy to teenagers.
Over Wednesday to Friday, Rubeena and Suraiya (aka Spellbound Storytime) performed at 11am and again at 1pm outside the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to groups of little kids and their parents curled up, perched on beanbags, rugs and chairs. The story was that of a child, Siri, and her grandmother, Nani going for a walk and guessing the names of things along the way. The story is told in English and in Hindi and encourages all children to celebrate bilingualism. This was also a great opportunity for everyone to join in and have a go doing the actions and singing in Hindi and English.
After each performance, Yamane, the Multicultural Women’s Hub Producer asked children if they would like their photo taken to become part of a collaborative artwork to remind them of their experience. The background of these images was made in collaboration with Spellbound Storytime using their puppets, props and the prints of their fabrics. It makes a nice memento to take home with them. How cute is Elena in this one?!
All in all, it was a beautiful festival and we got to meet many amazing kids, amazing artists and loved working with the WOW Festival team. Can’t wait for more events like this!
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You can also check out Spellbound Storytime’s interview on SBS Radio Hindi HERE.
Photos by Yamane Fayed.