Footscray Pop Up School

The Public Pedagogies Institute invites everyone to join us for a free one day event:

Footscray Pop Up School
Maddern Square, Footscray
Saturday, November 19th, 12pm – 4pm

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The inaugural Footscray Pop Up School is a free community event that celebrates the various ways of learning and teaching from the people of Footscray. This local event will feature performances, workshops and exhibitions by L2R Next Gen, 100 Story Building, the Footscray Historic Society and much more!

Presented by the Public Pedagogies Institute, the Footscray Pop Up School event was established to research how knowledge is perceived and valued geographically in Footscray. “We consider the stories and memories from the Footscray community members to be very valuable in recognising the knowledge the community holds and how that knowledge can be shared with others”, says researcher and president of the Public Pedagogies Institute, Dr Karen Charman.

Suitable for all ages, this event will inform and engage participants through a series of interactive activities.

Get your groove on with a dance workshop hosted by local stars L2R Next Gen, try your hand at the lost game of Trugo, and engage in quirky conversations with the Weekly Ticket Guy to hear how he can turn dialogue into songs.

Contribute to the history of Footscray by bringing along your school photographs to the Footscray Historic Society – you can see how time has changed when you compare your school photos with those from the 19th century.

Release your creative writing genius inside a small grove of trees with Footscray’s 100 Story Building. Their animated facilitators will work with you to make ridiculous street signs to take over the square!

“100 Story Building’s programs open up and demystify the creative process, celebrating initial ideas, rough drafts and finished products in equal measure. In our workshops mistakes become opportunities for stories to take new directions. We engage our participants in their learning by handing over creative control, and providing a platform for them to share their ideas.” – Lachlann Carter, CEO and Program Director at 100 Story Building.

Throughout the day, there is a Memory Space for interested attendees to be interviewed about their understanding of knowledge, learning and teaching in Footscray. The anecdotes collected will be recorded and contributed towards the research project, Educational Consciousness, conducted by Deakin University.

Bring along a picnic, your family, and enjoy a day filled with fun. There is something for everyone!

On Saturday 19th November at Maddern Square – come learn a skill, take home a piece of knowledge and contribute to the future of education in Footscray!

What:      Footscray Pop Up School
Date:        Saturday 19th November 2016
Time:        12pm – 4pm
Where:     Maddern Square, 2 Chambers Street FOOTSCRAY
Hashtag:   #footscraypopupschool

All welcome!



12.00 PM
Instrumental music by David Wells

12.25 PM
Spoken Word Performances on Loss and Grief by local artists Gabriela Georges, Steve Smart and Marilyn King

12.50 PM
Bản Sắc Tôi (My Own Self) song by The New Age live

1.00 PM
Official Launch: Welcome to County & Smoking Ceremony by Aunty Carolyn Briggs

1.30 PM
L2R Next Gen Dance Performance and Workshop

2.20 PM
Hip Hop music by Ayour Paul aka ASF

2.35 PM
OUT REACH – Benchmark Crew & Motley Hip Hop Performance and Rap Workshop

3.10 PM
Afrovasion Afrobeat/Dancehall Performance and Workshop


12.00 PM – 2.00 PM
Footscray Trugo Club Revival

12.00 PM – 2.00 PM
Roving Interview-Thematic Songs Performance by the Weekly Ticket guy, David Wells

1.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Prep to Grad 2 students from St. John’s Catholic Primary School facilitating a Discovery World!

2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Ownlife Skateboard Workshop

12PM – 4PM
A series of children’s drop-in activities by 100 Story Building which includes making your own street sign, mapping the galaxy, soapbox and their amazing Comics vending machine!

12.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Knitting & Craft drop-in workshops by local women from the Footscray Library Knitting Group

12.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Message Stick Wood Carving

12.00 PM – 4.00 PM
A series of Vietnamese and Australian childhood games by the Dual Identity Leadership Program Alumni

12.00 PM – 4.00 PM
The Circle Book of Childhood Stories by Debbie Qadri

12.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Memory Space, an installational research interview about knowledge, learning and teachings from Footscray. Conducted by Deakin University.


Art show exhibition by students from Footscray Primary School

School artefacts and interactive map by the Footscray Historical Society

Interactive chalkboard installation by Gabriela Georges

Paste-up photographic installation by Cohealth arts generator‘s Liss Gabb

Learn more about our Performers and Participants

Event Map below (click to enlarge):



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