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Arts & Culture Festival starts next week

Posted: November 28, 2014

From 2-10 December the College will be brimming with artistic and cultural activities and visiting artists and educators, for our 7th annual Discovery Arts & Culture Festival. All families should have this week received their copy of the Festival Programme. Senior students who have been out on No Boundaries should receive theirs on Monday. You can also view programme highlights online.

Who will you dress up as for the Carnival Parade? This colourful, cultural parade will open the festival on Tuesday 2 December. Students and teachers are invited to dress as their favourite artist, such as a musician, actor or dancer, or as their favourite book, play or movie character. New this year, you can also wear a costume that represents your home, or other, country or culture.

Mark your diaries – Discovery Arts & Culture Festival will showcase our students’ artistic talents through a number of events open to the DC community, including the Diploma ‘Work in Progress’ visual arts exhibition, Diploma Film Night, the staging of Vinegar Tom by senior drama students on 9 December at 7.30pm (for Year 10 students and upwards only), ‘buskers corner’ and, closing the festival, DC’s Ensemble Evening on 10 December. See your Festival Programme for details.

Chip/crisp packets – Please donate these and any other foil packaging to the Visual Arts Dept for some fabulous installation art that will be created by Year 6 and Year 11 students, with our festival artist-in-residence Nicole Voevodin-Cash. Collection box is at the school entrance. Please donate by Wednesday 3 December.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • Primary workshops including Chinese dragon dance, African percussion and storytelling, Brazilian capoeira, Chinese watercolour painting, and dance with DMR
  • Australian landscape and installation artist Nicole Voevodin-Cash will be artist-in-residence, running workshops with Years 6 and 11, holding ‘Artist Talks’ for Year 12 and 13 visual arts students, and creating a work of art right here in the College.
  • Japanese drum maestro Kumi Masunaga will work with Year 7s, festival favourites Faust International Youth Theatre will instruct Year 8s in stage fighting, and Year 9s will study the styles and skills of graffiti art.
  • Senior students will have specialist electives aimed at their curriculum needs and personal interests. Choices include creative writing with Hong Kong journalist and author Nury Vittachi, a behind-the-scenes visit to the HK Disney dubbing and theatrical studios, singing masterclass with Louise Thoreau, cartoon workshop with French cartoonist and graphic artist Fred Boot, costume design, exploring the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail, ceramics, app building and more.

THANK YOU to the record number of families and businesses who are our Patrons of the Arts – your contributions help make this wonderful event possible. Platinum Patrons: Oldham, Li & Nie law firm and BtoKidz. Gold Patrons: Uncle Russ, Spa Strand & Science, Faust International Youth Theatre, Lifestyle Brokers and Acting Antics. Your contributions help make this wonderful event possible.

We hope you enjoy the 2014-15 Festival.