Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools hits Logan from tomorrow night, with local primary and secondary students taking to the stage at the Entertainment Centre for the Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival.

Schools from across Brisbane and the Gold Coast will also head to Logan for the three-night extravaganza, which 20,000 students take part in across the country each year.

Festival director Adam Loxley told *PS Logan today: “Our objective is to give students a voice to express concerns about things that they feel passionate about.”

He added:  “It can make a lot of change in someone's life.” 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the festival, which sees students spending months coming up with a short theatrical story told through dance, creative movement and acting.

Participating secondary students can also earn a Certificate 2 in Dance. 

But Loxley said the most important outcomes are the friendships, teamwork and confidence that come from working together.

He said: “It all culminates into wellbeing and their engagement in learning and pride in their school." 

This year’s theme for the festival is “Rise", which Loxley said represents the comeback after two years of adversity during Covid.

Smiling participants at an earlier festival, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year

In Wakakirri events that have already taken place in other parts of Australia this year, climate change has emerged as a strong theme, along with reconciliation and social connection. 

Ambassadors for the festival include actor Justine Clarke, and ex-yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins. 

Shows at the Logan Entertainment Centre are on tomorrow night, Thursday night and Friday night, starting at 7.15pm each evening.

Tickets are $37 each with proceeds going into running the festival next year. They can be purchased here.

These are the schools performing this week: 

Wednesday August 10: Grand Avenue State School, Bay View State School, Coomera Rivers State School, Middle Park State School, Glenvale State School, St Brigid’s Primary School.

Thursday August 11: Oxenford State School, Kimberley Park State School, Enoggera State School, Mayfield State School, Camira State School, Cleveland State School, Macgregor State High School.

Friday  August 12: Eagleby South State School, Sacred Heart School, Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School, Staines Memorial College, St Hilda’s School, Cedar Creek State School, Mary Mackillop Catholic College.