Road to Rio

The Road to Rio will take you on a journey in to the heart of the carnaval parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each year the country comes alive with preparations for the biggest party on Earth, and all of the cities fill with the sound of drums. In this hands on workshop percussionist Rob Arcari will immerse you in the world of Rio’s Samba Schools, and introduce you to the rhythms that make carnaval swing!

Spirit of Italia

Students will be immersed in stories of Italian immigrants arriving in Australia, and the challenges that they face upon entering a new country. The presenter leads discussions of Italian culture, language, food and a folk dance workshop.

Indigenous Storytelling through Art

Through this practical workshop, the presenter will invite the students to learn Indigenous art symbols for man, woman, child, the land and numerous animals. The presenter creates a story using the symbols, and explains how to interpret it to the students. After copying and practicing drawing the symbols, the students will get to create and draw their own story (with the presenter’s assistance) using the symbols and techniques they have learned. Finally, students are invited to present their stories to the rest of the group.

Indigenous Infusion with Djarrin Blow

Indigenous Educator Djarrin Blow helps students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation through this dynamic program. Including didgeridoo, dances, Dreamtime storytelling, Indigenous artefacts and boomerang throwing these programs are interactive as well as informative. Programs can be tailored for different year levels and curriculum areas.

Kinder Dreaming with Djarrin Blow

Djarrin’s pre-primary program is an energetic and entertaining introduction to Indigenous Australian culture for children under 5. Featuring short Dreamtime stories, didgeridoo, dances, songs, artefacts and games this program is a fun way for younger children to start engaging with Indigenous culture in a fun and interactive way.

Riding the Waves

Venezuelan engineer Ramileth demonstrates the science of telecommunications with experiments in sound and light waves and the electromagnetic spectrum! This program will help students understand how everyday technology like mobile phones actually work – as well as giving students insight into what a career in engineering involves. This Science Communicator program is part of a series of school incursions developed to highlight the underpinning role that culture plays in shaping human progress, presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Victoria.

Tarantella Duo

Join Italian teacher and folk dancer Carmella and Calabrian folk singer Amadeo for a lively session of Italian ballads and Tarantella dancing. Carmella will also show a display of artefacts and trinkets collected from her travels around Italy. Both wear beautiful Southern Italian folk costumes and are native Italian speakers, so language can be incorporated to suit students levels.

Chinese Fan Dance

A colourful demonstration of the Chinese Fan Dance where after a beautiful demonstration from the presenter, students will each get their own fan to try the dance for themselves!

Fairytale Puppetry – Exploring Languages

Engage with language and culture through a range of nine classic fairytales and stories told through exquisitely crafted traditional European hand puppets. The performances feature audience participation and are available in French and Mandarin. This program can be tailored to suit different ages or language levels. The Jungle Book: – 45 minutes – Pre-Primary and Primary – French, Mandarin The performance and language content (LOTE) is adapted accordingly. The level of vocabulary is easy. The children will be asked to sing and repeat easy words in the language they are learning. Ideal show for beginners. Puss in Boots: – 50 minutes – Years 5-8 – French, Mandarin The performance and language content (LOTE) is adapted accordingly. The level of vocabulary is for students who have a reasonable understanding of the language. The puppets will interact with the students, in the language they are learning. Ideal show for students who have done a minimum of 1 to 2 years of LOTE.

Ciao! Migrating to Australia

Emilio Ricciuti brings alive the true story of Pasquale as he comes to Australia for the first time in 1950. This unique story is based on Emilio’s father and is told through dance and theater, revealing historical and cultural insights to one of Australia’s most significant migrant communities. The presentation ends with a celebratory traditional dance of southern Italy – the Tarantella!