Our first Chinese Theatre Festival in Mandarin!
Did you know that during Chinese New Year, the world’s largest annual human migration takes place as workers make their journey home to see their loved ones? Let’s take time to explore everything, everywhere and everyone who feels like HOME.
Saturday Feb 24 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday Feb 25 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
(with culminating performance at 3:00pm)
Leo Lee Arts Centre
For Mandarin speaking students in grades 6-11 passionate about the performing arts
Who We Are
We are an inclusive and diverse performing arts community that provides young people the opportunity to create and connect across cultures, developing skills and awareness to engage with and change the world responsibly.
Award Winning Patrons
supported by a board of award winning industry experts in the entertainment industry
Our board of award winning patrons include actors, writers, directors, special effects gurus, composers, producers and musicians who have led workshops, masterclasses and connected our alumni to industry experts.
What students say...
'The ISTA Academy helps you to develop skills that you can apply to life in general - from developing an open mind, to collaborating with a wide age range of people.'
'I have learned so much more than Drama. I have learned to collaborate, listen, explore ideas, let go of ideas and to bring my very best to the process - for myself and for everyone else.'
'This experience has developed my skills as an actor. I am so much more aware of all the ingredients that can combine to make a performance magical'
What parents say...
'It got me so emotional. I realised all of these issues transcend, age, gender, culture and country and I think these are the root causes of so many problems in humanity and it's so inspiring seeing such young people get to the core of it so early on in life when many of us don't.'
'The students were able to express their feelings regarding the past 2 years, their struggles, their transitions.'
' Being part of ISTA has pushed my child even further in their ability to have empathy and understanding of others.'
What teachers say...
The Arts are a social commentary of the world around us and our interaction in that world. Exposing young people to varying forms of personal expression allows them a greater depth and sophistication in their perceptions of the world around them.'
'ISTA can help the shy child come out, and the restless child to follow a discipline, both in a safe, constructive environment.'
'ISTA helps young people develop skills to find comfort in the unknown, knowing they can find creative solutions and work together with others.'