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ABC Melbourne speaks about the Youth Exchange

Great News! The National Treasures heat again the media thanks to the great work from Westside Circus. They invited ABC Melbourne to see the show and speak about the project… and they did! They published a video on their Facebook account followed by 100.000 people; and also on their website. Read the article via: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-21/national-treasures-program-sees-teens-share-culture-and-skills/9175094    

Evaluation & Departures – Eighth day

It’s difficult to believe how fast this week has gone! An incredible week.   So the project ended with the presentation of each participant’s Youth Pass and an evaluation meeting, before each group started their journey back home. A Big thank you to Westide Circus for the amazing organisation of this Youth Exchange; and to the participants for being so …

Percussion classes & Rehearsal – Sixth day

This morning, it’s the Brazilian group that lead the activities. They organised percussions workshops for all the participants.     In the afternoon, they rehearsed for the show they will perfom tomorrow. The day ended with a nice soiree at a Thai restaurant. Really good to see that the participants are getting on so well; breaking all cultural and language …

Rounders & circus workshop – Fifth day

The British group started the fifth day with a lesson of Rounders. Rounders is a english bat-and-ball game played between two teams. The players score by running around the four bases on the field. We’ve published some great pictures of the participants on Facebook: After some free time during the lunch, the participants headed to Westside Circus for some circus …

Drama class & tour of Melbourne – Fourth Day

On the fourth day, the Swedish group (lead by the amazing Neco) led a drama class. They delivered some exercices aiming at helping the participants to develop their imagination and acting with others.       After a nice lunch with Kangaroo steack for some, we all headed to Melbourne centre where Jane (the organiser of this Youth Exchange) took …

Aboriginal experience and Circus Workshop – Third day

The Third day started with an Australian Welcome To Country ceremony, with the presence of some officials. This is the start of a Aboriginal experience. During the ceremony, participants received a leaf of eucalyptus.   They also participated in a traditional face painting with Uncle Traver Gallagher. We used Ocra to represent various ancient symbols.   This was followed by …

Performances and Cirque du Soleil – Second Day

The activities really started on the second day. After a copious breakfast, the group headed to the Preston Market; a lively local market with foods and lots of activities for all ages. Today visitors had the great suprise to discover a performance from the Brazilian group playing different styles: Ohanna; Olodum; Hip Hop; Mambo and some that they composed themselves. …

Arrivals – First day

Here we are! After some long journeys, all participants have arrived in Melbourne, tired but warmly welcomed by all the team from Westside Circus and the Australian participants. The Swedish group already had a day out in the big Australian City, as they arrived on the Friday. The Brazilian and UK groups arrived late on the Saturday. The Australian participants …

Countdown to the Youth Exchange in Melbourne

In just a few days, our partner Westside Circus will host the second major event of our international project ‘National Treasures’: All participants are really excited to start this Youth Exchange in Melbourne! Participants from ACER Brasil, IFALL (Sweden), and The Hope Learning Trust (United Kingdom) will gather together with the participants  from Australia to participate in activities around the …

Meet the participants

From Australia Hannah “Hi my name is Hannah Patullo-Chapman. I am 15 years old, live in Melbourne, Australia and in year 9 at school. I have been doing circus since I was 9 year old and I would love to pursue a career in circus. In circus I enjoy tight wire, acro balance, tumbling and juggling (just to name a …

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