Festival2014Festival 2014

We’re proud of our team who made Shockwave 2014 “The best festival yet!”

This year was the first festival to have a locally employed producer on board – Sheree Banning from Winton. We are also so grateful for the continuing and growing community support and the wonderful work our local employees produce, especially around crunch time!

“Express to Impress!” was the theme for this year’s festival which reflects the vision of Shockwave to encourage young people to embrace and benefit from the arts. Much of theming and creative direction was built up by one of our leading Arts workers Sue Loveday, who has been with Shockwave for many years, and who works closely with young people all over the Central West to continue and develop the program.

New activities at Shockwave this year were – creative workshops made for and by young people

– Kaitlyn Burton’s ‘Canvas Challenge’

– Kate Donnely’s ‘Make a phone case’ activity

– Phoebe Mitchell Longreach – Hand painted shoe demonstration and stall

The music program continues to grow and develop thanks to our local Music Artsworker Melinda Wells. Each year we see more and more young people taking the reigns on stage by either MC’ing or performing.

3 visiting artists from Brisbane conducted workshops in beat-boxing, skateboarding and dance, bringing different skills to the mix of talent and enthusiasm we see at Shockwave each year.

400+ young people from Barcaldine, Tambo, Charleville, Winton, Alpha, Longreach and Blackall came together to push their own boundaries, learn new creative skills, build confidence and perform in front of their peers.

Highlights of the festival in in the gallery