Multicultural kids present Wizard of Oz to celebrate 20 years of the Children’s Festival


The Sydney-based Children’s Festival organisation will give everyone a lesson in cultural harmony when children from many different cultural backgrounds perform their version of Wizard of Oz on 3 June.

The occasion is the 20th anniversary celebration of the creation of the multicultural Children’s Festival in Sydney. “Whilst over these years we have faithfully portrayed cultural diversity through our on-stage performances, this year, to celebrate our success, we want to show the unified spirit of our children in this mass performance,” said founding president Thuat Nguyen.

He added that the 20th anniversary fundraising concert promises to be a spectacular entertainment program with performances by over a dozen children’s groups from various cultural communities, including Indigenous, coming together to re-tell the story of The Wizard of Oz in a multicultural setting. The show will be presented by 150 children from various communities and nationalities.

The Wizard of Oz is a story about mateship, self-empowerment and a diverse group of people helping each other as they journey together. It embodies the spirit of the Children’s Festival—Play together and live in harmony,” said Mr Nguyen.

“This is not just about diversity and harmony this is about giving young performers an opportunity to learn about stagecraft, acting, playing to a theatre audience. Many of these young people are extremely talented and could certainly go on to work in the performing arts,” he added.

The concert also features an international costume display and will be truly a very special occasion where families can enjoy a fantastic show while contributing to a great cause.

The concert will be presented at the Revesby Workers Club, 2B Brett Street, Revesby, between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday, 3 June.

A new Children’s Festival will be staged this year in Campbelltown in August and the 20th annual festival in Bankstown will be held in September.

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