War-Rak/Banksia Festival

9 Dec – 12 Dec

After fire, the War-Rak/Banksia flower comes back stronger and more beautiful than ever, blossoming with colour and life! Inspired by rebirth, La Mama’s War-Rak/Banksia Festival commemorates the return of our iconic home with a free four day celebration. Please join us to mark this joyful occasion, check out our new digs and be welcomed home.

Access at War-Rak/Banksia Festival

La Mama’s War-Rak Banksia Opening Night on Thursday 9th December will be a fully Auslan Interpreted event provided by Auslan Stageleft.  Audio Description and Tactile Tours for the Opening Night are available upon request – please direct all bookings/enquiries to myf@lamama.com.au by Wednesday 1st December. Please check individual show pages for more details regarding Visual and Aural ratings of works in the Festival. 

Covid Safety at War-Rak/Banksia Festival

La Mama Theatre is opening in line with the Victorian Government’s guidelines. While we continue to work towards a safe environment for all, the situation is constantly evolving, and so too our Covid-Safe plan. We will continue to be informed by the Victorian Government, VAPAC and the LPA. The below document outlines the steps we will take to ensure the safety of our staff, artists, patrons and visitors during this time of crisis and into the future. 

Download Covid Safety plan: HERE

Livestream at War-Rak/Banksia Festival

Our Opening Night and some of the shows performed in the theatre space will be live-streamed on La Mama’s Facebook and Youtube Channel with live captioning. Download the livestream schedule below and set a reminder!

Opening Night

a chance to kick-off the festival by marking and rejoicing in La Mama’s long-awaited rebirth.

La Mama for Kids at War-Rak/Banksia Festival

for our littlest theatre lovers.


La Mamica Takeover War-Rak/Banksia Festival

a diverse feast of multi-art performance, lovingly crafted to greet the new La Mama.

On Stage

playreadings and performances from some of La Mama’s returning favourites.

Sublime Happenings

an eclectic carnival of site-specific creations, introducing, exploring, and awakening every corner of La Mama HQ

Sensory Installations

everywhere you turn, new sensory surprises await. 

Lloyd Jones Ensemble: The Installation

experimental, boundary shattering, existential theatre.

Thank you and acknowledgement of War-Rak/Banksia Festival Production team

Hayley Fox – Production Manager

Rebecca Etchell – Assistant Production Manager

Eloise Kent – Event Designer and Curatorial Support. 

Bronwyn Pringle – Festival Lighting Designer

Clare Springett – Associate Lighting Designer 

See full bios for the production team here.

Festival Operators: Millie Levakis-Lucas, Rosie Leway, Sarah Bianco, Shane Grant.

Thank you to our production partners for their generous contributions to the lighting and audio of War Rak Banksia Festival.
Clearlight Shows
LSS Productions