Learn some new skills with some fun outback workshops on offer over Outback Festival!

Baalo Baajo African Drumming

Come Sing, Come Dance with Baala Baajo!

Baala Baajo blends a lifetime of African music and cultural experiences, presented by accomplished musicians – Nii Armah from Ghana, West Africa and Sam Okoth from Kenya.

The musical performances of this dynamic and passionate duo, feature original plus traditional & contemporary soulful rhythms, beautiful vocals and high energy percussion.

After first meeting each other in Brisbane, Australia – Sam and Nii Armah have spent almost twenty years together, perfecting their beautiful blend of African drums and string instruments, intertwined with the cultural influences they both bring from their East and West African homelands.  As Baala Baajo, they have performed throughout Australia and internationally and have also won several awards for their talents.

As highly experienced teachers of their crafts – they will also provide a number of interactive African drumming workshops – welcoming people of all ages to come and join in the fun – NO experience required!

Well known for their energy, humour and exuberance, Baala Baajo will take you on an uplifting and soulful journey!

Whip Cracking Workshop

  • Adults and Children Whip Cracking Workshops – coached by Australian Whip-cracking Champion Nathan Griggs in the skill of whip cracking. Learn how to crack a whip
  • Workshops will be held Thursday 23rd Sept. as per the program of events
Outback Festival - Friday 27 September 19

Artists Collective

Variety of youth workshops including:

  • Street Dance – A fusion of funky, hip current moves (Two amazing facilitators)
  • Acro – Body Balancing, acrobatics using groups and individuals
  • Theatre – Comedy, physical theatre, mime, circus, a combo of all the fun of the theatre
  • Kite Making – Simple, quick and easy to achieve kites
roving street entertainment artist collective


Topology’s Creative Workshops are open to all ages, regardless of musical background or experience and are designed to provide every participant with an uplifting and positive experience.

Some of the FREE workshops Topology’s artists and musicians will be running throughout the week include:

  • Found Objects Orchestra
    With Dr Grant Collins, John Babbage and the Topology team
  • Topology Fast and Furious Song writing
    Write a tune in 60 minutes with John Babbage, Jade Mills and the Topology team
  • Getting it Together

Topology’s performances throughout the Winton Outback Festival will include programs consisting solely of original works by Australian composers, including Topology’s own John Babbage. They will also showcase the world premieres of a number of new works created by members of the Winton community.

Topology’s line-up for the Winton Festival includes:

  • John Babbage (founding member/saxophone/composer)
  • Grant Collins (drumkit/percussion/composition)
  • Christian Gante (keyboard/composition)
  • Patrick Farrell (bass/composition)
  • Lucas Montgomery (guitar/composition)
  • Jade Mills (vocals/song-writing)
  • Hayden Burton (violin)
Topology musicians with instruments
puppetry manipulation workshop

Professional Youth Arts Development Workshop

Drawing the Portrait and Entering Art Prizes 

Drawing portraits from the model and How to Enter Art Prizes with visiting artist Deb Mostert

When: Commencing on the hour at 9am, 10am, 11am, and 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Where: COBB LANE @ 69 Elderslie Street (Between the Royal Theatre and the North Gregory Hotel)

Tickets: FREE (Generously sponsored by The John Villiers Trust, facilitated by Flying Arts Alliance and hosted by The Outback Regional Gallery)

Calling all emerging artists aged between 12-26 years!

Don’t miss an opportunity to join this fun workshop to increase your drawing skills and catch all the insider tips on entering your artwork into art prizes. Ask about entering your artwork into the 2022 John Villiers Outback Art Prize hosted annually at the Outback Regional Gallery Winton.

Generously sponsored by The John Villiers Trust, the professional visual arts skilling workshop is designed especially for emerging youth to continue the legacy of the late John Villiers – to achieve transformative impact in Queensland communities through active engagement and strong partnerships, with a focus on wellbeing and development of children and youth in rural, regional and remote Queensland.

Email [email protected] to secure your spot

Young arts workshop flyer
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