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!
Colombian musician Hugo Salcedo teams with Latin dance instructor Julia Gonzalez to present this fun introduction to Latin dance styles like Salsa, Bachata and Brazilian Samba. Using traditional as well as contemporary instruments, the duo provide an energetic and insightful music and dance program and can incorporate Spanish language to suit the level of students.
Experienced teachers and performers of renowned Flamenco company ‘Alma Flamenca’ present this vibrant and interactive performance including all the elements of Flamenco – dance, guitar, singing and ‘Jaleo’! Students will discover the historical and cultural meaning of Flamenco, a highly intricate and expressive Andalusian art form which portrays both the depths and elation of human emotion. The group participates through upper body work, footwork, percussion and ‘palmas’ (clapping). Spanish language level can be adjusted according to student’s level.
Victor Valdes performs with instruments including the Mexican harp, Mexican and Spanish guitars, violin and trumpet. Students will learn folk dances and meanings of Spanish lyrics found in La Bamba and other popular songs. Victor will explain the cultural history of the instruments and the Charro suit worn by the Mariachis.
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.
Capoeira is a unique African-Brazilian cultural practice that fuses acrobatics, body expression, tradition, music playing and song singing. Capoeira is an exciting high-energy martial arts disguised as dance that was originally developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil. It was granted status as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO and today is practiced in hundreds of countries around the world. Masters and teachers of this art are important pillars in their communities passing on knowledge, values and wisdom to their students. Students will be introduced to the instruments and songs of Capoeira, see an athletic display and try some moves themselves.
Flamenco incorporates dance, music and singing and has a rich, multicultural history influenced by Roma, Arab, West African and Spanish cultures. The music is created with instrumental guitar, uniquevocals, clapping rhythms and other percussion. Students will have to opportunity to try the accompanying ‘palmas’ and learn some of the dance moves for themselves.
Inka Marka started busking more than 20 years ago and since then have developed a long and illustrious career as musicians performing at major events around Australia and the Pacific. Students will experience the rhythms of Latin America through dancing and musical performances, and will be introduced to the Inca culture of the Andes Mountains.
Cielo is an agronomist engineer from Colombia and a visual artist who combines these two fields in a beautiful way. Students will learn about the process of osmosis with images, a simple experiment and a short story about trees and their roots. Students will create osmosis art themselves using watercolour paper and colourful paints to illustrate the process. 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.
The Multicultural All Day Program allows a choice of five programs. You can choose to explore one culture, language or topic in depth or travel the world with a program from each continent! Students split into two groups and rotate between 25 minute sessions then come together to finish and celebrate the day together in a 50 minute session.