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Coraki Public School Takes a Walk on the Wylde Syde

Mullumbimby based Spaghetti Circus has rounded up circus artists of all ages and sizes from Murwillumbah to Yamba to share the love of circus at the Coraki Public School.

From budding beginners to leading local circus professionals, Spaghetti Circus has been working with 100 pupils and staff of the school to create an exciting performance event, C3Crew: Walk on the Wylde Syde,  at 5pm tomorrow, March 27.

The performance will feature music, dance, circus and hip hop, and according to Jacquie Levy, project director, National Institute of Circus Arts circus graduate and transitions teacher at Coraki Public School, will be a colourful and lively event hosted for parents, friends and family.

‘It’s a great way to showcase new skills and entertain the community. We are really excited about this project finally coming to fruition,’ Jacquie said.

‘I approached Spaghetti Circus last year with the initial idea because we wanted run a social circus project to prevent some of the more at risk students from disengaging. Circus can be a powerful way to do that. It is a great way for kids to have fun, set goals and experience success.’

Coraki, a small town south of Lismore in Northern New South Wales has a population of 1400, and is experiencing many of the familiar social and economic issues that face many regional areas. The C3Crew Project aims to provide a fun and positive space for young people to be creative, active and work together to create an exciting performance event.

‘The school has a ratio of 50:50 Indigenous to non-Indigenous students, and while the project focuses on increasing Indigenous participation, the C3Crew is about everyone getting involved, having fun and learning new skills,’ Jacquie said.

‘We have developed some Bundjalung body part language cards so we can all be proud and learn different kinds of skills together. It’s been a great.’

Spaghetti Circus is a community focused and led youth arts organisation founded in 1992 by Leonie Mills. It has grown to become a nationally recognised circus troupe that has achieved success through enormous efforts from the coaches, parents, volunteers, State and Federal governments and particularly support from the local community and businesses.

Spaghetti gathered together a highly experienced team of artists to work on the project including Leonie Mills, flying trapeze artist and Spaghetti trainer Li Pawson, local rope specialist and social worker Lou Harwood and emerging circus artist Elsie Smith, an Indigenous dancer and hip hop artist in her own right. All are passionate about the transformative power of circus.

Spaghetti Circus Creative Director, Simone O’Brien, said the project was a perfect fit with their desire to support local Indigenous arts and social circus initiatives.

‘We are thrilled to be partnering with such dedicated artists and are happy that we can offer Elsie a trainee trainer position for the project. Lou has been mentoring Elsie for a while so it is great to be able to connect up, offer support and have some fun.’

For Spaghetti, this project is a great way for regional Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people to build pathways into the performing arts.

Simone said the circus was very fortunate to secure philanthropic funding to pilot the project and is determined to see it continue.

‘We believe in long term solutions and strengthening local networks, and are keen to seek ways to ensure the project’s success now and into the future,’ she said.