Little Yawar

Taking inspiration from QPAC’s Clancestry program Yawar – a coming together of clans, Little Yawar invites young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, also known as jarjum, to share and pass on their culture to their peers.

Children at the Festival will dance, sing, learn and weave their way through a rich cultural exchange from our Elders-in-training, learning what it means to be Indigenous in contemporary Australia. There are also opportunities to learn and share with Elders, artists and traditional owners.

Take part in the non-stop program that makes Little Yawar the lively hub of Out of the Box Festival.

*Yawar is a shared word between Yugurapul, Kabi and Butchella that means ‘to sing and dance’.


Yawar Dance Ground
9:15am, 12:15pm & 1:15pm

Yawar Dance Ground is high energy – the place to be to sing, dance and learn. Keeping it high energy, see local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary dance groups and performers from Brisbane including the Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers and the Wagga Torres Strait Islander Dance Company. Then, learn some moves and songs for yourself!

Traditional Games with Deadly Kindies
10:15am to 12:15pm on the Dance Circle

Kindy is a Deadly Choice because it helps our jarjum develop lifelong skills through play-based learning. Spend some time with the Deadly Kindies team at Little Yawar learning traditional games played by jarjum across Queensland.

Jarjum Storytime
9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am & 12:45pm

Come sit, learn and listen to the stories of Australia’s first peoples. Our stories define where we have come from, who we are and where we are heading into the future. Storytime is for everyone!

See Change Sand Tracks
9am to 2:30pm

Play with sand, patterns and design as you explore how indigenous knowledge might contribute towards a sustainable future.

Weaving Water Stories
9am to 2:30pm

Let’s take a moment to celebrate water – the giver of life. It sustains us, replenishes us and connects us all. Weaving Water Stories flows across Little Yawar, creating canopies and spaces for weaving, storytelling, and learning. The growing installation asks children and families to consider the future of our waterways and contribute their wish for water.

Out of the Box festival offers opportunities for children to engage in arts-rich experiences to explore and extend in-class literacy and learning. Teachers can deepen their student’s engagement with and experience of the festival by talking to them about the different in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities before, during and after their day.

To help with this, the Out of the Box festival team has prepared numerous Creative Learning Guides which link the in-theatre experiences, activities and workshops at the festival with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Version 8). Key messages, learning activities and other resources are also included.

The Creative Learning Guides for Little Yawar can be downloaded here and here.

Presented by: An Out of the Box Production