Everything you need to know for the 2022 Awesome Festival

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 21 Sep 2022

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There is something for everyone at this year’s AWESOME Arts Festival. Whether you’re young or young at heart.

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things showcases a spectacular array of events including theatre, creative workshops, literature events, music, ballet, exhibitions and a whole range of free activities!

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Find our Top 10 picks from 2022 AWESOME Festival!

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Find our recommendations below. What are you most excited about from this year's Awesome Festival?

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The Lost Little Llama

West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Perth Symphony Orchestra

@ Perth Cultural Centre
Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct 2022
FREE Event

“There once was a little llama, who loved to run and jump and dance. One day, she ran and jumped and danced right over the paddock fence… and into the bush!”

Join Little Llama and her frenemy, Kookaburra, on their adventure as they get lost in the bush, try to find their way home and learn about the importance of friendship along the way.

This FREE ballet will be performed at 10:00am & 11:30am daily in the James St Amphitheatre in the Perth Cultural Centre – no tickets needed!

All Ages!

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Creation Creation

Windmill Theatre Company (SA)
@ Heath Ledger Theater | State Theatre Centre of WA
Tues 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 Fri 30 Sept & Sat 1 Oct 2022

Curious kids looking or the answers for life’s biggest questions will love Creation Creation – A daring and audacious journey to the very edge of the universe and back again. Watch as blankets become forts, cardboard boxes become battleships and ping pong balls become planets in this hilarious attempt to answer life’s biggest questions.

Two fearless creators have been asked to step onto the stage and attempt to unravel the mysteries of the universe using whatever tools they have at their disposal. Based on interviews with members of the South Australian community aged between 8-102, Creation Creation is a comedy about life’s biggest mysteries.

Ages: 8+

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Animals in Space Exhibition

James Foley
@ Studio Underground Foyer | State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct
FREE Event, EOI required

Did you know that long before humans ventured in to space, we sent dogs, a fruit fly, a guinea pig and even monkeys? Learn all about animals who have lifted off into space at this exhibition of illustrations by West Australian Author and Illustrator James Foley. See illustrations from his latest book Stellarphant and discover different animals who have explored space!

This free exhibition is taking place in the Studio Underground Foyer at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from 10am – 3pm Daily, Tues 27th  Sept – Sat1st Oct

All Ages

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The Whale’s Tale

Born in a Taxi (VIC)
@ WA Museum Boola Bardip
Mon 26 Sep 2022 - Sat 1 Oct 2022

A beached whale, a confused navigator, a ridiculous Dr… whatever could be the matter?

A highly interactive spectacle full of slapstick, clowning and a 9-meter whale puppet that can swallow you whole! Watch out, you could be the whale’s next snack ….or become the hero of the story and live to tell the tale!

Ages: 3+

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Hu木an: A Sensory Forest Adventure

Sensorium Theatre, The Artground (Singapore)
Mon 26 Sep 2022 - Sat 1 Oct 2022
@WA Museum Boola Bardip

Welcome to the luscious Singaporean forest!

Feel the textured leaves with your toes and fingertips, smell the exotic flowers, play hide-and-seek with Hornbill, spot Owl in the moonlit canopy, and help Kingfisher look after her eggs. In the magical Hutan, even a passing rain shower brings a surprise visit from the cheeky Gibbons with a mayhem-filled picnic of yummy tropical fruits for all their new friends.

Inspired by the National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, the immersive tactile set, beautiful live music and friendly performers makes this a delightful inclusive experience for children with access needs and their friends.

Ages 4-8

Seashore

Seashore

Sally Chance Dance (SA)
27 September - 1 October 2022
@ State Theatre Centre of WA

Bring the family down to the seashore – a place to breathe in the sea air, get your feet wet and catch a wave; an open, playful space of infinite sky and footprints in the sand.

Seashore is a 40-minute performance work for, and with, children aged three years and younger, created and presented by Sally Chance Dance in collaboration with Perth-based children and their adults.

Sally Chance Dance promotes the social and cultural status of very young children and the important role of parents/carers, making visible the pleasure and power of dance play.

Ages 0-3

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Tröll

Trick of the Light Theatre (NZ)
27 - 29 September 2022
@ State Theatre Centre of WA

It’s 1998. Otto is twelve but online he’s thirteen and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives with his mum, dad, and sister, a mysterious Icelandic granny, and an ancient malevolent troll that’s lurking in the walls.

From Trick of the Light Theatre comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable. Tröll combines storytelling, projection, music and puppetry into an uncanny tale from the dial up age.

Ages 8+

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We Live Here

Circus WA & Flipside Circus (WA)
27 - 30 September 2022
@ State Theatre Centre of WA

We Live Here is an inspiring circus show that celebrates the memories and moments that make a life.

A sensitive, funny, yet heart-hitting show based on the stories of parents, siblings, and guests of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only youth hospice, We Live Here explores themes of resilience, chaos, and the beauty of a moment shared.

Ages 5+

Creative-Hubs

Creative Hubs

Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct between 10am – 3pm Daily
Perth Cultural Centre – 
Various venues | Visit link below.

AWESOME’s famous free activities have had a makeover this year! In 2022 AWESOME is proud to present 7 new Creative Hubs, all hosted and led by professional West Australian Artists. Festival goers can take part in amazing activities, and learn new skills from professional artists!

Bright Young Things of all ages are sure to enjoy creating and learning from professional artists at Crafty Nannas, Young Inventors, Roll Up, Roll Up!, C.U.B.S. Cubby, Paper City, Eco Place and Weaving the Wetland.

Join West Australian Artists Louise Snook, Lewis Horne, Ben Crappsley, Yip Yip Circus, Aidan Bayliss, Glenn Swift, Minaxi May, Charlotte O’Shea and Fiona Gavino for days of fun and creativity!

All Ages

Workshops

Workshops

Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct between 10am – 3pm Daily
Various venues | Visit link below.

AWESOME has a range of amazing hands-on workshops that will excite bright young things of all ages!

Children can create a unique masterpiece by mixing and matching colours, shapes and sizes in 3D Painting with Nathan Hoyle, or learn how to draw their very own Animal Astronaut Portraits with WA Author Illustrator James Foley.

If there’s a budding author in your life, they’re sure to love learning to produce and design their own book in Book Making with Josh Earl.

Learn about totems, culture and conservation from proud Whadjuk Noongar yok (woman) Rickeeta Walley in Totem Making.

For the performers to be, Journey to Africa with Afrobeat Dance with Bellamore Ndayieze will have everyone moving and grooving, whether you’ve danced before or it’s your very first time.

Join DJ duo the Dollar Bin Darlings for an afternoon of silliness, games, music and disco in Disco Dance Rhythm & Play.

Get ready to learn about how music brings us all together and leave full of confidence, ready to dance at the disco.

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Location | Where everything is...

State Theatre Centre of WA

  • Creation Creation
  • Animals In Space Exhibition
  • Seashore
  • Tröll
  • We Live Here

Perth Cultural Centre

  • Lost Little Llama
  • Creative Hubs
  • Workshops

WA Museum Boola Bardip

  • Hu木an: A Sensory Forest Adventure
  • The Whale’s Tale
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Learn More | Beyond the Festival...

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What is the AWESOME Arts Festival?

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things (the AWESOME Festival) is presented annually in the Perth CBD.

The Festival showcases a spectacular array of events including theatre, dance, early childhood activities, music, film, literature, visual arts and creative hands-on activities.

AWESOME is committed to presenting high-quality, layered programming for children aged 0 – 12 and their families.

AWESOME in Schools

AWESOME offer bespoke incursions to schools in the Perth metro area throughout the year.

They can arrange for a professional AWESOME artist to run workshops at your school and are happy to tailor them to your class needs with a number of art forms to select from including:

  • Illustration
  • Circus
  • Improvisation
  • Printmaking
  • Music
  • … and more!

Due to the AWESOME Festival, they're not able to deliver incursions in September or October.

For more information or have questions, simply submit a form below.

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Support AWESOME

AWESOME is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing positive change to the lives of Western Australian children and their families.

It is a key priority for them to offer high quality activities and performances that are affordable and accessible.

To achieve this outcome they rely heavily on subsidies in order to deliver value to families.

Any donation, of any amount is received with massive gratitude!

AWESOME is registered with the ATO as a charitable body which makes donations over $2 to be fully tax-deductible. 

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Get in touch

Have Questions? Submit a form below to get in touch directly with AWESOME Arts

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(08) 9328 9666

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262 William Street, Perth, WA, Australia, 6000

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