Bursting with live performances, interactive installations, incredible outdoor adventures and wondrous workshops, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s annual Way Out West (WOW) Festival returns these NSW school holidays (18 -21 July 2018) for four days chock-full of crazy and creative family fun.

From the side-splitting circus antics of the Trash Test Dummies’, to virtual reality and 3D scan workshops, and even a performance that takes place inside a giant bubble, the WOW Festival returns in 2018 with a smorgasbord of activities and entertainment to keep energetic kids, and their parents, engaged all day long.

Theatre, dance, music, literature, food, yoga, workshops and free family fun all come together in this astounding program guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. The 2018 WOW Festival program features over 200 chances to experience 35 events and 33 workshops, spread across 11 spaces in and around the Centre, over four days.

WOW For Teens

For the first time ever, older kids can join in on the WOW Festival action with T-Zone, a dedicated space for 13-15 year olds. T-Zone will feature a stack of events including a roller skating rink, live music program, themed selfie space, 80’s makeovers… even Parkour workshops.

Here are just some of the highlights of this year’s WOW Festival:


In This Will Not Protect You, award winning artists Amrita Hepi, Prue Stent and Honey Long invite audiences to join them inside their big, inflatable, orange bubble for an interactive performance of movement and sound.

Come and party with stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday at Casula Powerhouse. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun, full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs, and you’re invited!

Trash Test Dummies’ circus performers will wow with and hour of circus, jaw dropping acrobatics, and side-splitting comedy in their new show Splash Test Dummies.

Join Dr Hubble for a funny and slightly educational journey into the world of bubbles in Dr Hubble’s Bubble’s. There will be big bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, square bubbles and even an explodabubble!



Casula Powerhouse’s Turbine Hall is transformed into a chaotic cacophony of colour and sound with artist Rosie Deacon’s Moving Forrest. Trees will spin as kids crawl through this wonderful world, discovering creatures and animals in hidden corners and playing with the vines that run from tree to tree.

In the Marsden Gallery exhibition Reflections of Industry & Nature artist Steve Jannar from Liverpool Art Society has painted some of the wonderful natural areas around Sydney. Kids can enjoy the artworks by the talented artist as well as try their hand at guessing which trees and plants are included in the smelling station or which birds are on the soundtrack.


Welcome to MAKE: a buffet of collaborative art making for kids and their grown-ups. In MAKE participants are invited to participate in a smorgasbord of activities designed to encourage art and play including, funky felt making, edible jewellery design and giant still life drawing.

Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) in collaboration with Shopfront Arts Co-op welcomes kids and parents to the best dance party ever – but you only have 10 minutes to dance. And dance you will. 10-Minute Dance Parties are a crazy celebration of art and colour, costume and community, and the universal nature of dance!

Wow also have a range of contemporary art workshops taking place each day of the Festival. Kids can try their hand at clay art, poster making, painting, portraits, drawing and more in these crafty workshops for little ones.


Way out West Festival presents FOOD + GARDENING PROGRAM. Casula Powerhouse has its very own garden and since 2017 it has been growing all sorts of vegetables. The garden is loved and looked after by Lauren who invites kids to join her in a fun program of activities including: painting fence paling that will then be erected around CPAC’s veggie garden, pot planting and decorating, and even a garden and food making workshop where kids will pick their in season veggies and take them to Bellbird’s kitchen to make a yummy dish!

There’s also the wonderful WOW Festival outdoor program where young and old can explore, create, imagine and do everything from daily morning yoga classes, to enjoying story time and playing in a pop-up play space provided by Reverse Garbage!

Tickets are available via www.wayoutwestfestival.com.au
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  • Will this come back as I’d love to take my kids? I didn’t have kids back when this article was written so missed out.


  • I wonder if this will be introduced in other states if the one in this article was successful


  • What a pity I don’t live in NSW. Amazing that they have included older kids. Often they are left a little bit aside during school holidays activities!


  • Wow alright! It looks pretty damn cool.


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