XYZ [ED] EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Castlemaine State Festival Education Program creates points of contact and fosters collaboration between young people in our community and local, national and international artists at the peak of their practice.

XYZ [ED] EDUCATION PROGRAM

The xyz[ED] Education Program creates points of contact and collaboration between young people in our community and local, national and international practicing artists and thinkers. This facilitates a sense of connectedness and agency, on both a local and global level.

XYZ [ED] MEDIA TEAM

The xyz[ED] Media Team is a dynamic group young people who will be reporting on Festival events and artists. During the Festival, the team members will engage directly with artists, conducting interviews and documenting events.

FAMILIES AS FIRST TEACHERS

This new initiative is designed to encourage families to engage with the Festival program as a family unit. Free online resources will be made available, in conjunction with special subsidised ticket packages.

KINDER

Local sculptor Eliza-Jane Gilchrist will deliver a specialised kinder program called ‘I wonder what goes on in there…’. The program features scope for discussion and story sharing, with a focus on language and literacy. Centred around active, sensory making and play, the program allows children to imaginatively explore the interwoven relationships that evolve in regional urban and suburban environments, whilst using environmentally sustainable recycled materials.

SCHOOLS

Local schools experience the Festival with 3 days of performances and workshops exclusively for Primary Schools. Teachers can tailor their individual program to suit their specific curriculum focus. Castlemaine Secondary College students participate in the Festival opening event, Equinox by Deep Soulful Sweats, encouraging and guiding audience participation. Students will work with artist Hayley West to explore rituals and create artworks. Music students will engage with national and international artists during the Festival.