The Art of ARTiculation 

Thanks to the kind support of Bankstown Sports Club and funding from the CLUBgrants scheme, Horizon Theatre Company is proud to announce the commencement of the “ARTiculate” project.

“ARTiculate” will promote self expression through creative and recreational activities for young people living with a disability in the Bankstown area. The project acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of participants. Horizon will stage performances including drama and puppetry for the young people living with a disability. Furthermore, the theatre will run workshops in drama, music, costume & make-up, puppetry and photography.  Participants will be matched to activities based on their individual talents, abilities and inclinations. Participants of the project will be involved as art creators and/or audience members.

In operation since 1997, Horizon Theatre Company Ltd was established with the clear aim of enhancing artistic, cultural and economic opportunities for a diverse background of youth at risk, marginalised youth and theatre practitioners while developing a large audience, primarily among young people of age 4 to 17 and 18 to 25.  Through projects such as Youth Arts and Culture Outreach, C-Red, Act II, CPR and Phoenix, Horizon Theatre has specialised in providing effective arts based programmes and workshops for young people.  These workshops have acted to educate, inform, enhance social skills and provide an avenue of investigating and arresting the causes of unacceptable social behavior such as bullying, relationship violence and drug and alcohol related issues.

Horizon Theatre has gained a reputation for delivering successful arts workshops to young people in the local area including those living with a disability.  We continue to believe that involvement with artistic endeavour is an important facet in young people’s lives, building self confidence, creativity, ability to communicate and improving educational outcomes.   Such experiences should not be denied any young person.

For further details about this project including availability of placements, please contact Maddy Slabacu on (02) 9750 9567.

This project received  funding through Bankstown Sports Club ClubGRANTS scheme

Time to Get it Together 

Thanks to the kind support of Bankstown Sports Club funding us via the CLUBgrants scheme, Horizon Theatre Company is proud to announce the commencement of the “Get Together” project.  “Get Together” is an early intervention project using music,dance and drama to bring together youth (especially those at-risk, refugee, newly arrived and/or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds) to creatively express themes of harmony.

Through a series of workshops and mentoring, behaviour that leads to disharmony such as anger, hatred, bullying and prejudice will be explored through art and the consequences addressed. Simultaneously, alternative attitudes and behaviour that contribute to greater understanding and harmony in the community will also be explored.  These workshops will culminate in the production of a presentation developed by participants.

Through projects such as Youth Arts and Culture Outreach, C-Red, Act II, CPR and Phoenix, Horizon Theatre has specialised in providing effective arts based programmes and workshops for young people.  These workshops have acted to educate, inform, enhance social skills and provide an avenue of investigating and arresting the causes of unacceptable social behavior such as bullying, relationship violence and drug and alcohol related issues.

Involvement with the arts has been demonstrated to improve educational results, boost self confidence and reduce involvement in criminal and anti social behaviour.  This project will further benefit the community by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to work towards common goals.

For further details about this project including availability of placements, please contact Maddy Slabacu on (02) 9750 9567.

This project received  funding through Bankstown Sports Club ClubGRANTS scheme

Live, Move, Smile

Thanks to Bankstown City Council #LiveMoveSmile has been providing access to creative and recreational activities for #Youth in #Bankstown – especially those living with a #disability !
The activities are being presented through series of workshops for young people (especially those living with a disability and/or from CALD backgrounds). Workshops involve movement and dance encouraging healthy living, self expression and a stressing self worth and connection to the community.

The project acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of participants. It is working on reducing social isolation by bringing young people from a diverse range of cultures and abilities together.

Sport has always played an important role in young people’s lives. However, it is not of universal interest. “Live, Move Smile” has created alternate opportunities for young people to engage in physical activities whilst working within a team environment through mime, music and physical theatre including puppetry.

Horizon Theatre needs just $2000 more in funding to present this project to its full extent. If you are able to contribute CLICK HERE or simply Contact Us.

The project addresses some of the key issues raised by disability discussion group at Bankstown social planning meetings such as

  • the lack of day programs for people with a disability, particularly affordable ones
  • the need for access to services by people with a disability especially CALD and newly arrived.

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

Snippets is a video resource depicting pertinent issues in Bankstown to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops. Funded by Bankstown City Council and supported by Bankstown Working With Youth Network – Social Issues Working Party.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about a young woman looks at an image she believes represents an attractive woman. She tries to measure herself against this image but feels inadequate. Considering herself to be overweight, she stops eating. Her friends become worried but she refuses all offers of food. At home, she continues to refuse food. Finally, she collapses and is taken to hospital. After treatment she returns home and begins to rebuild a normal life.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
What constitutes a healthy diet?
Do images in magazines realistically represent how women look?
What could you do if one of your friends was not

We Can Do It

Supporting community theatre with a message

Thanks to a grant from Bankstown Sports ClubGRANTS program, Horizon Theatre Company has been able to launch an exciting new project “We Can Do It”.

“We Can Do It” provides access to creative and recreational activities for young people living with a disability in the Bankstown local government area and will run until February 2015.

Artistic Director of Horizon Theatre, Maddy Slabacu, says “This project acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of people in our local area and matches activities such as drama, music, costume and makeup, puppetry and photography to individual talents and abilities.

We provide a range of workshops across all these activities and also stage performances in drama and puppetry for young people living with a disability.

We let people know about our workshops by advertising and distributing flyers locally, we also work with partners like Barnados Australia, but if anyone else wants to get involved we’re flexible enough to add them in now!”

Horizon Theatre Company is located in Wiley Park and has been operating for over 17 years. The theatre has developed a large audience primarily with children and young people in the region and beyond. The company is particularly excited to see some of the children of the earliest participants benefitting from their programs.

CEO of Bankstown Sports, Mark Condi, says, “Performance and artistic skills should be available to all members of our community. We are very pleased to be able to support such a wonderful initiative which provides enjoyment and challenge.”

Rising to the Challenge

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE aims to provide access to creative and recreational activities for young people living with a disability in the Canterbury local government area.

Thanks to the support of Canterbury Leagues Club Horizon will stage performances for the young people living with a disability. The theatre will also run workshops in drama, music, costume, puppet making, puppetry and photography.

Participants will be involved as art creators and/or audience members. They will be individually matched to activities based on their individual talents, aptitudes and inclinations with a core focus of intergration, encouraging participation in activities with people not living with a disability

Horizon works closely with many organizations that support people with disabilities and have seen the positive response from carers and the participants towards the activities they have been involved in at the Theatre. We continue to receive many requests from organizations and families for more activities however we need to keep these very affordable for organizations with limited budgets and in order to be able to continue to provide this service.

According to the Summary of City of Canterbury Area Needs and Priorities document 2013 there is an urgent need for “recreational social activities/programs for people with disabilities.”

Horizon will help meet these needs by providing these programs and activities targeted towards young people living with physical disability, mental health issues and intellectual disability. This can sometimes involve a high level of one on one training. Additionally, the theatre aims to meet the urgent need for culturally appropriate respite care and recreational activities for CALD people with disabilities.

An interest in and involvement with the arts has been shown to have many benefits for young people in terms of improved educational results, improved self esteem and feelings of well being. It is an interest that can continue through an entire lifetime.

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