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Last two weeks have been very intensive for us and we skiped our posts here in our blog! We was working on both sessions to prepare a presentation that happened Monday, March 30th on a congress by our partner PASEC on ANIMA – Young Socio-cultural Animators Gathering, in Famalicão.

During those two sessions there was just no time for any photos so unfortunatly we don’t have any image from them. Before the concert we was just counting with 3 kids but in the last moment the five kids managed to come and it was a great concert.

The presentation was included in the part of the congress where PASEC was presenting their work with the gipsy communities in famalicão.

Innovation and Inclusion
Innovation and Inclusion


Academia Walkabout – Contingencies of a work like this

In the last weeks we have been very excited about two upcoming performances that promised to be very important for the group in Lameiras:

  1. FATT Indoor, by Associação Portuguesa de Didgeridoo, in Porto
  2. ANIMA – Young Socio-cultural Animators Gathering, in Famalicão

But when we work with so many variables like Non-formal Education, Partners, Music, Art, Culture(s), Communities, Ethnicities and, most important of all, People, we are always subject to changes in our plans.
Urbanizacao das LameirasThe last two weeks dictated two changes in our group from Lameiras… First, someone from one of the families died and because of this two of our kids was forbidden by their parents to go to Porto. We was reduced to 3 kids and it wouldn’t be the same but we could still manage to present a nice show. Then a wedding appeared for the day of the concert so two girls got out of the plan leaving the group with only one boy.

We was sad that we had to cancel the participation of the kids from Lameiras in FATT Indoor but this is the life of a group like ours!

The Walkabout Family will still be presenting the work we have been doing with kids and teenagers through the didgeridoo at FATT Indoor as a way to inspire more people to operate a change in their communities!


Last week we used most of the energy of the session for a double rehearsal for the upcoming concerts.

We introduced some new sounds on the performance with the use of some toys and a plastic bottle. The kids were enjoying these new sounds a lot.

I totally forgot to use the camera but luckily Bruna from PASEC came to see the performance and she used her phone to record the video so we have some images!

Thank you dear audience!
Thank you dear audience!


In the last session we had great things happening. Here is a celebration to returns and group ownership!

Markus changed his routines so in the last weeks he tends to sleep in the moment we have our session in Lameiras. The kids sometimes ask for him and Terese, if everything is ok with them. As I was arriving to the session all the kids ran into the room and forbid me to enter so they could prepare a surprise for me…

As I entered the room they started the show we prepared in December. The main leader for all this was that kid that was out of the sessions for some weeks. We tried to go on with the show but some thing didn’t work out as smooth as we wished (they arrived to the part where I should lead with clapsticks and didgeridoo and I had not yet unpacked them). I thanked them for organizing this surprise and  their initiative and we went for warm up. Another return was from one of the girls that had been out for some weeks and it felt very good to have the full group again together.

They couldn’t wait to show me our picture from Christmas performance in a local magazine!

The group in the news!
The group in the news!

The group was in a very nice mood already. They all participated in the warm up and then we went for the session. I wanted to work on the show and on new possibilities and sounds but our sessions are becoming very interesting so a lot of other kids keep sneaking at the windows and this is quite disturbing for the group. We spent some time speaking about why the others want to see the session and if it’s more important for the to participate or to be covering the windows.

We had the opportunity to do some leadership exercises and almost all the kids tried to direct the others buy placing themselves in front of the group and proposing rhythms or sounds for the others to imitate. It’s not always easy for them but I it’s important that they practice while at the same time they feel the difficulty of leading.

In the end, while we was distributing the tape for their didgeridoos, some kids just took the clapsticks and a boomwhacker and started playing in group while playing percussion. Slowly we are feeling that some results we wanted are coming to happen: the kids come regularly to the sessions, they understand that they must be on time, they experiment more, they follow instructions and rules and above all participate in the sessions.


In this session we was using Boomwhackers, incorporating gipsy clapping in a song and working in our next concert…

Trying a basic clapping rythm
Trying a basic clapping rythm

In this session I wanted the kids to try some more musical exercises and to take a new role and teach me some gipsy clapping that we could eventually integrate in the show.

The musical exercises was made with Boomwhackers and it was a great moment. All the three had the opportunity to play and to conduct the group. I love to see their faces when they have the chance to control the sound of the group. One of the girls has a particularly interesting sense of rythm, these moments are perfect to reveal these skills.

Then we moved to the gipsy clapping. Some time ago I was on another urbanization here in Famalicão and I jammed a little bit with César, he was mostly singing but also clapping. It’s almost impossible no to enjoy, specially with the didgeridoo. So I asked this group if they could share with me some clapping rythms. Our “beat” girl jumped in immediately.

We was working on integrating this pattern with the didgeridoo but concentration was not on the highest levels so we was just trying some ideas.

In the end of the session, that kid that was missing came for a visit. I asked if he was still with us and he said yes. Let’s see if he comes back in the future!


Preparations for FATT Indoor’s concert start! That’s right, Lameiras will be performing at this event in March.

Some adjustments are going on the group… The kid that was missing the last session didn’t appear in this session neither and we have another participant that is moving out of the neighborhood so has stopped coming. We are now working with three kids but the work keeps going and all groups experience times like these.

We was rehearsing the new song and the kids asked if they could show it to their friends, which shows that they are proud of their creations and this was one of our objectives in this work.

One of the kids proposed a funny movement with the didgeridoo, a little bit like an old school clown with an umbrella, right in the end of the song. It was so cute that I asked him to keep it for the presentation and he became shy on doing it on stage and said he wouldn’t do it again. I asked if he could do it on the rehearsal just one more time and after he wouldn’t do it more. We agreed but when we invited the friends to come and watch he did it again because he started understanding it really works. This is one of our principles: we don’t force nothing, we just encourage them to work on their own proposals.

This week we will try to speak with the boy that’s been missing to see why he is not coming and if he wants to come back!


Sometimes our kids just squeeze us out.

And last session in Lameiras was that case, I came home completely smashed… but after this kind of sessions we get more energy to get

better and invest more in our work, specially how to work out difficult moments when kids does not listen you at all and do everything opposite then you say…

One of the kids from this group has some problems at home so sometimes he uses these sessions for his catharsis and creates some moments of tension with the other kids and with us. In this session he had a moment that he had to leave to spend some energy outside. After that the group managed to improve his didgeridoo playing and the started to create a new song.

1, 2, 3, 4, Go!
1, 2, 3, 4, Go!
If someone knows any solutions please be nice and share with us! We will certainly try them :-)


Now it’s time to tell you about our performance in Centro Social das Lameiras, an institution that has some very nice social services and answers. It was our “closing” performance for the Christmas period… It was the last one this year :)

It was very a cute environment :)… first some Christmas songs and then: most beautiful, cutest and loveliest kids ever :)… they all performed in them way… from small to big. I think old people was enjoying a lot those honest creations :)
After small ones, came time to show off for residents of house! Elders choose very famous portuguese band Xutos e Pontapés and made noisy rock performance!!!I´m sure some of them was thinking “We are still alive and we can rock!” And it’s very beautiful….

After all, came Lameira’s round! Girls showed what they can do best: DANCE! “Cigana” and “Senhora” were dances that girls were performing and those dances were created by them with small help of Bruna, (social worker of Lameiras) from PASEC.
And then it was time for more noise!!! Our didgeridoo players went up on stage.
On my opinion, the performance in Casa das Artes last Saturday went better than this one, but still we are in progress!
Merry Christmas says Lameiras!

Academia Walkabout nas Lameiras – sessão 6

Hoje quisemos dar ao grupo uma perspetiva daquilo para que estamos a trabalhar por isso começámos a trabalhar no espetáculo.

O objetivo principal era criar o esqueleto da apresentação, para agora, ao longo das próximas semanas, ir trabalhando sobre essa estrutura.

Os aquecimentos estão cada vez mais ricos e eficazes e por isso foi relativamente simples montar a estrutura do espetáculo. Foi nomeada uma assistente de encenação, uma diretora de movimento, um “escritor” que assiste à assistente de encenação e uma diretora de figurinos. Esta última ainda está mais a ajudar a diretora de movimento do que a tratar do figurino.

Acabámos por criar a estrutura, anotar tudo e fazer um ensaio corrido! No fim, e porque a sessão correu tão bem, houve a recompensa da fita verde e amarela.

Faltou um elemento do grupo e voltámos a sentir o desafio que é a sua integração no grupo, uma vez que quando ele está o grupo fica um pouco mais agitado. Hoje, depois de verem o quanto avançámos, já havia alguns protestos acerca da participação dele. Mas vamos ter de aprender a lidar uns com os outros e a integrar as diferenças.

Assim que começámos a trabalhar concretamente no espetáculo e com funções definidas apareceu no grupo todo uma atitude de participação, cuidado e entrega. Isto vem atestar que quando percebemos para o que estamos a trabalhar nos dedicamos mais e melhor.

Infelizmente, para a semana não há sessão porque o espaço vai ser remodelado, o que é ótimo. Depois queremos fazer uma apresentação para amigos e pais para testar a presença de público.