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March 2011

March has been a ‘Hectic’ month (see featured artist) with the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital story telling project moving  into post production which has been helped along by visiting Spanish documentary maker and editor Mikel Tejada .

Uncle Terence & Rhonda Donovan                                                       Cyril & Enid Gorely

Miss ‘Rosie’, Raphaella Rosella continues to delight us with her photographic work and success.  An image from the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ project has made the semi finals of the Moran National Photographic Prize.

The Youth Fest program in partnership with MiiMi Aboriginal Organisation worked alongside young people in pathways programs in partnership with Kempsey TAFE, Port Macquarie Community College and Nambucca Youth Services.  Installations for the YouthFest events were produced and practical events management skills were learnt along with young people in the program becoming volunteers for the YouthFest events.

Slippry Sirkus crew with our Chair Jodie Harrison, artistic director Denni Scott Davis ,musician Fabian Fitzgerald , Michelle Leslie & emerging artist Madi Carrette have headed off to Cambodia along with Jack Thompson, Mike Munro and TV crew to  participate in and document the 20th year celebration of the Krousar Thmey Celebrations.   Slippry Sirkus will work with the blind & deaf children that Krousar Thmey support

A Cambodian Foundation assisting deprived children, Krousar Thmey provides over 3,500 Cambodian children with educational and social support and access to arts & culture through their blind schools, arts centers and orphanages.  A new building will be named in honour of dear friend and photographer Peter Carrette who together with Jack supported the organisation since its beginnings in 1990.

Peter & Wanna                                                             Madi & Michelle                                           Sinath, Jack & Patrick Thompson

Slippry Sirkus will also work with the Cambodian Space Project  in an impoverished village where Srey Thy family live in Prey Veng province, close to the Vietnam border . The last fifty years of turmoil has had a devastating effect on the village which is dealing with difficult social challenges.

Chanthy Kak (Srey Thy)

The Flow project continues to explore the Macleay River with young people in the Macleay Valley and to document stories from the communities through which the river flows .

Auntie Janet Smith at Arts & Leadership Camp 

We welcome Auntie Janet Smith as a project mentor and Elder who has generously shared her stories and knowledge with the young people.

This month’s featured artists are:  The Hectic Brothers  & one sister…

Callan                  Aerial Manx             Luth              Hemlock

Tim and Callan from The Leaping Loonies join forces with legendary international street performers Hemlock Mejarne and Aerial Manx; and upcoming industry star Luth to bring you The Hectic Bros., a who combine  the artforms of Classic Australian Knockabout Acrobatics, Slapstick Comedy, Rolla Bolla, Hectic Springboard, Whip Cracking, Balancing, Unicycling, Vaulting, Juggling and many other skills whose name ends with " ing " !!!!


(Uncle Tom Kelly, who we are privileged to have as a participant in the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ project, is considered to be officially the oldest living Indigenous man in New South Wales .)




The Healthier Communities Strategy is winding up across the Hastings region with over  160 young people participating in the Live Well, Eat Well, Move Well ‘Circus Mooves’ program in partnership with Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre, Area Health, D.E.T , Biripai L.A.L.C , Bunyah L.A.L.C  and Bindi Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre.

'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