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January 2010

The second week, dance workshops with Travis Ross & Nicole Iovine ( who had just finished up their Utopian Dream festival for young dancers which saw dancers from across Australia descend on the Coffs Harbour showground for a five day intensive dance festival proudly supported by Slippry Sirkus.  Travis many talents includes choreography for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and at twenty five years of age ,brings twenty three years of dance experience to the young people.  Joining Travers & Lamb was Gamilaroi  cultural dancer Clinton Lamb who became engaged with Slippry Sirkus in 2003 as an ‘at risk’ participant and who now shines as an emerging artist and leader in his community of Narrabri.

The third week saw workshops from international physical circus artist ‘Hemlock together with aerialist ‘Luth’ from Melbourne’s Circus Ruccis and across the weeks Visual Artist Guy Crossley , engaged with the community through his Mosaic workshops.

Paint Pak in collaboration with Slippry Sirkus and the projects commenced the large public art mural which has created great interest and discussion across all of the community

Slippry Sirkus again this year collaborated on  the ‘Aboriginal ShowCase’ at Tamworth Council’s youth centre  ‘The Youthie’ which saw over forty Aboriginal performers  of all ages from young Loren Ryan  to Roger Knox  and Auriel Andrews (the first Aboriginal performer to appear on Australian television) to Archie Roach & Jimmy Little , step up and perform over five days of nonstop music with performers travelling from Docker River, Darwin, Broom, Alice Spring, Tennant Creek, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns plus lots of local talent which through the ShowCase receives the opportunity to shine.  The local women’s & men’s groups provided a nonstop supply of teas, coffee and food to sustain a gathering of over fifteen hundred.

  • Giri Mazzella, Clown Doctor and Commedia Del Arte Master returns from Barcelona in April to spread laughter and share  his .

    Watch YouTube Clip and Watch This Space for more news of Giri’s adventures.





December 2009

  • The Edinburgh festival recently played host to the Great Gordo Gamsby who commenced his journey in 1998 with Slippry Sirkus at the age of fourteen.    Since then Gordo has taken a seat on the Slippry Sirkus’s  board worked  in remote, rural & regional communities with outreach arts programs, presented many solo & collaborative performances worked with Circus Oz,  Tiny Top Circus, performed at the Melbourne & Adelaide fringe, the National Circus Festival & in 2009 performed a successful season at the Sydney Opera House and New Zealand Fringe Festival as the Dirty Brothers  ‘Dark Party’  Watch Video
  • The Mid North Coast will be the focus of an arts strategy & projects which have recently received funding from community partnerships, Australia Council of the Arts, CocaCola Australia Foundation  &  the Regional Arts Fund.

    Thanks to this support ‘CrossCurrents’, ‘Ripples’ &’ Touching Base’ will provide the opportunity for young people to access and experience the arts in their own communities.  The projects also focus on working with and supporting the young people and local artists to create future arts programs within the communities

  • Gaburduk-Kwarlirr (WetSeason-DrySeason) Strategy has received a boost with a grant from the CocaCola Australia Foundation.  The Strategy is in collaboration with Djilpin Arts, Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation, Katherine Regional Arts, D.E.T and communities in the Central Arnhem.

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track