Heaps Decent is an Australian based dynamic arts organisation working with young people & emerging artists from marginalised & disadvantaged communities, providing a means by which they can tell their story in their own way. Heaps Decent supports change, positive futures & the development of high quality Australian music with a unique identity.
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WILCANNIA, APRIL 2013

April 23, 2013

Heaps Decent facilitators made the trip to Wilcannia 4 times in 2012, this recent trip marked the 1st for 2013. Adam Bozzetto and I have been there every visit, but this was the first time that Mr Joyride himself (a.k.a. Rowan Dix) came with us. We made the 6:45am flight to Broken hill via Dubbo, and headed straight for the shops to stock up on food supplies. I had luckily pre-warned Rowan of the lack of phone reception once out of Broken Hill, and thankfully he grabbed another provider’s sim – otherwise the world would have been without Joyride tweets for 3 days!

With the car full of groceries and chocolate milk we set off on the drive to Wilcannia and made it there with enough time to make a visit to St Theres School, then Wings Drop in centre later that afternoon. The young people there automatically became fascinated with Rowan and spent the afternoon singing Rihanna songs with him, while Boz and I made some other tunes.

One of my favourite parts of this trip was that later night out on the street outside our hotel, where we played a game of soccer with two of the young girls we have come to know there. It was girls vs boys and as you can imagine, the girls totally won : )

It was an early start the next day and then a whole days worth of workshops with the cutest littlest legends ever. We made a song about the letter ‘P’, Dancing and an Easter Egg hunt, then Rowan and I showed the students some dance moves. Again we finished the day at Wings Drop in centre where we each set up separate work spaces to make as much music with as many people as possible.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to go to Central School this time around, but we are really hoping to get the opportunity to go and work with some of the older students there next trip, in a few months time.

Words: Kristy Lee

Photos: Adam Bozzetto