PHUNKTIONAL: The Yumpla Project

Media Release:

Performance To Promote Health and Wellbeing


Cairns, 12th October, 2015 – In a free community event, dancers from Phunktional: The Yumpla Project will offer an insight into teenage communication through the use of rapping, singing, break dancing and laughter.

The action packed theatre performance, Who Stole the Sole starts from 5.30pm today, Monday October 12 and  touches on serious social issues such as cyber-safety, bullying and healthy relationships. 

The show is incorporated into the three-year partnership, the Yumpla Project, which is funded by Phunktional Ltd and The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation with support from local schools, Peak Youth Health and Legal Services and Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander leaders in Far North Queensland.

The show will be followed by a community Q&A with panelists from Peak Youth, as well as legal and health organisations such as Anglicare, Trinity Bay YAC, HeadSpace, Legal Aid and Cairns Police Service.

Phunktional’s community liaison and partnerships spokesperson, Lenka Vanderboom said the aim of the project was to engage young people through the arts by leading them to better outcomes as a result of positive health and wellbeing.

“This year’s project stops in Cairns, the Tablelands, Cooktown, Wujal-Wujal and Thursday Island to perform and offer dance workshops in schools and to local communities. 

“The three-week tour is a healthy relationship project, supporting youth while creating networks in the community to provide arts and educational opportunities through dance workshop and impact educational theatre,” she said.

The performance will target students from years’ seven to nine as well their carers, parents and community youth networks. 

Miss Vanderboom said the project was also creating unexpected benefits with the Cairns show featuring a supporting performance by Trinity Bay students as part of their vocational education and training assessment.

“It is also opening up job opportunities for Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous actors and professional dance facilitators,” she said. 

Who Stole the Show was also a 2014 finalist in the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards in the category building heath through art.

Artistic director Gerard Veltre will also hold a dance masterclass workshop as well. “We have professional dance workshops, which touch on performance skills, healthy relationship and self care,” she said.

The performance, Who Stole the Sole opens Monday October 12 from 5.30pm for the public to meet the artists, with the show to start at 6.30pm, for more information visit   




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