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Muffin Break presents the Wakakirri National Raising Awareness Award

Since 2018, Muffin Break has been a major partner of Wakakirri. In 2021, through the ongoing partnership, Muffin Break proudly announced we are presenting a new award, the National Raising Awareness Award!

Wakakirri is Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Event for Schools with separate events for Primary, Secondary, Dance schools and schools in remote areas.

Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

The Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival has provided an accessible opportunity for Australian schools to perform in professional theatres and share their stories for over 29 years.

Each school that participates in Wakakirri, creates an original 3-7 minute story-dance production. These productions bring to the stage topics that affect the lives of the youths who perform to include climate change, mental health, technology and other uniquely Australian issues.

Natalie Brennan, General Manager of Muffin Break mentions “We are honoured to continue supporting our local schools and communities across the country and to present the National Raising Awareness Award in 2021. We are firm believer’s in raising awareness of community issues and supporting schools to do so”.

This Award recognises a school for their Wakakirri Story-Dance and their community work to effectively raise awareness about an important community issue.

2021 Award Winners

During the 2021 season, two schools were chosen as the Raising Awareness Award recipients, Trinity College, Western Australia in the Secondary School level, for their piece, Removing the Mask; A toxic culture has been built on the saying “boys will be boys”. We are taking a stand by removing the mask to show transparency about health and well-being. To speak out and be heard.

Trinity receiving their award

Additionally, in the Primary School level, Valkstone Primary School from Victoria with their piece, From the Limited to the Land of Opportunity; A desperate family braves rough seas and endures lengthy processing to enter Australia in hope of a brighter future. Excitement turns to despair, as they realise integration into a new society is anything but easy.

Valkstone Primary School receiving their award

“Great stories inspire change. A Wakakirri Story-Dance allows students to share their points of view and raise community awareness about the issues they are most passionate about, resulting in a feeling of empowerment to create real change. We are thrilled to be launching the National Raising Awareness Award with Muffin Break which recognises the efforts of schools that excel in this area.” Adam Loxley, Wakakirri Festival Director adds.

Congratulations to all primary and secondary schools who participated in 2021 and good luck to all those participating in the 2022 season. Muffin Break are excited to see all of your incredible performances!