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Wakakirri National Search Panel revealed for 2020!

Industry professionals have been invited to watch and evaluate our Wakakirri Performance shows in search for the STORY OF THE YEAR!

Wakakirri is Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Event for Schools with separate events for Primary, Secondary, Dance schools and schools in remote areas.

Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’.

Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Performing Arts Event for schools, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory. Over 1 million people watch Wakakirri performances each year.

Introducing the National Search Panel Members...Kat Hoyos!

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Kat turns heads at the AACTA Awards 2018 - CLASS ACT

Australia's biggest stars shine at the 2018 AACTA Awards red carpet.

Australia’s top film and television awards is finally here, with the article out in Who Magazine on news stands, and online.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) recognises excellence across film, TV, documentary and online.

Who caught up with all the stars at the 2018 AACTA Awards:

Here's the online version of the article:
by Chloe Lal

Abi Moustafa - Who Magazine - Australia

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Next-gen women of TV: Meet the 37 stars shaping the future

From actresses to writers, these women are making their mark on the industry.

According to an August report from Screen Australia's Gender Matters initiative, 83 per cent of TV dramas funded by the federal agency for 2017-18 had women in at least half their key creative roles.
This week, TV WEEK celebrates the trailblazing next-gen women of TV.

Pick up a copy of the current issue of TV WEEK to read more about the women making their mark on the television industry.

Scroll through (online) to see which women we're celebrating in the magazine.

TV Week - Now to Love

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Here Comes Kat Hoyos

Recently appearing in a surprisingly low key and ‘out of character’ turn in Jason Stevens' feature film Chasing Comets, the rising Aussie actress reveals what makes her tick.

Best known for playing Layla Habib on Channel 9’s Here Come the Habibs, Kat in real life is actually nothing like either of these characters, proving her versatility as a performer.

Dov Kornits - Film Ink

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Kat Hoyos' ventures into producing her mothers' story.

Rising Aussie star Kat Hoyos took on her most important role.

This comedy queens acting has taken a serious and personal turn.

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Mercedes Maguire - The Daily Telegraph

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Here Come The Habibs' Kat Hoyos lends her heart to new sport drama Chasing Comets

As Layla in the Logie-nominated Australian comedy series Here Come The Habibs, Kat Hoyos relished playing a feisty teen queen.

Now, Kat is regular gal Dee on the big screen in Chasing Comets, a semi-autobiographical film written by former rugby league star Jason Stevens.

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Kat Hoyos on Chasing Comets, being versatile, and taking on the world.

“We’re definitely subtler in our performances. The stories we tell can really make you take a look at your life and reevaluate it and have a little more hope for the future. Those are the kinds of projects I love.”

Patrick Tadros - Yahoo! 7

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Actor returns to share her wisdom with performance students

Logie-nominated star Kat Hoyos delivers inspiring guest lecture!

Actor Kat Hoyos has returned to her former stomping ground to encourage creative arts students to pursue their dreams, even if at times they seem out of reach.

India Glyde - University of Wollongong - Media

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Footy & Faith Take the Spotlight in Jason Stevens’ Star-Studded Movie

The former NRL celebrity is currently filming his own original Aussie flick, Chasing Comets. And it’s got some big Aussie names on board.

There’s Stan Walker, Rhys Muldoon (House Husbands), Dan Ewing and Isabel Lucas (Home & Away), George Houvardas (Packed to the Rafters), Kat Hoyos (Here Come the Habibs) and more.

Clare Bruce - Hope Media 103.2

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Kat Hoyos to play Carmen Diaz in Fame!

Kat Hoyos has now returned to the stage to play Carmen Diaz in Birdie Productions’ FAME, which opened this weekend at Bankstown’s Bryan Brown Theatre.

Tim Garratt - Thearepeople

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Here Come the Habibs star steps onto stage in Fame the musical

A MODELLING career at the age of four opened up a whole new world for Kat Hoyos. Today, the Here Come the Habibs star has her mum and grandma to thank for that gentle nudge into the spotlight.

Stacy Thomas - The Daily Telegraph

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Kat Hoyos on 'Fame' and more

We had a chat with Kat to see what she’s been up to since Here Come the Habibs, what’s next for her and about FAME the musical and its involvement with the mental health organisation, Headspace.

Stage Whispers - Stage Whispers

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Here Come the Habibs star to keep pushing boundaries

SOMETIMES comedy is the best medicine, and the best way to start an otherwise difficult conversation.

Kat Hoyos is out to do both with her role in Nine's controversial comedy Here Come the Habibs.

Seanna Cronin - Sunshine Coast Daily

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Here Come The Habibs is back for another season after a controversial first series

Fast-forward a year and after a successful ratings result, the comedy centred around a Lebanese family who win the lotto is back for another season.

And its star Kat Hoyos, who plays confident, social media-obsessed high school student Layla, is happy to put the controversy behind her.

Karlie Rutherford - The Daily Telegraph

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Kat on 2DayFm! With Rove & Sam

Kat Hoyos spends some 1 on 2 with 2DAY FM Rove and Sam for breakfast. Listen in via this link!

Rove & Sam - OMNY.FM

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Mum's the muse for Xanadu the Musical's Kat Hoyos

Kat Hoyos is playing a heavenly muse in Xanadu the Musical at Sydney's Hayes Theatre, but the inspiration behind this fast-rising entertainer's success is entirely mortal: her mother, Natalie.

Amy Cooper - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Triple Threat Kat Talks Hollywood, Health and Hugh Jackman

The pampered, bratty Layla Habib (inspired by Kylie Jenner from Keeping up with the Kardashians), could not be further from the down to earth and hard working Kat Hoyos.

Taking on the role of Layla in Here Come The Habibs is Kat’s big break into television.

Victoria Webster - The Carousel

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At home with... The Habib’s Kat Hoyos

Kat Hoyos admits the character of Layla Habib on Channel 9’s Here Come the Habibs is vastly different to herself, although she’s been a great role to take on.

Jennifer Veerhuis - The Daily Telegraph

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Behind the scenes: Photoshoot with the Habibs

When life gives you lemons, you dance! Here's what happened when TV WEEK caught up with the Habibs. And, to find out all their juicy goss, grab a copy of this week's mag - on sale now!

- TV Week

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Kat hopes her new show will change television

Cronulla actress Kat Hoyos hopes that her new comedy series on Channel Nine, Here Come the Habibs will not only entertain but will be an instigator for change on television.

Jim Gainsford - The Leader

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Here Come The Habibs! star Kat Hoyos on how she 'stalked' Kylie Jenner for her bratty teen role

Sydney actress Kat Hoyos was born into a Colombian family in Australia, earned her stripes with a performing arts degree and roles in short films, musicals, TV ads and even music videos for Guy Sebastian and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Adam Bub - TheFix

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Ten TV Shows To Watch In February

Australian TV kicks into gear for the antipodean autumn with a sign of its growing maturity.

Here Come the Habibs promises to be a sitcom that tackles a subject with which the country has often appeared to be uneasy – immigration.

Ben Dowell - BBC

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Kat Hoyos in AAA

Kat Hoyos was a feature story in AAA Australia - It is the entertainment 'go to' magazine providing industry information in all areas of the arts.

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Here come the habibs!
She is fun, flirtatious and ready for the spotlight.
If there's a chance she can increase her insta followers, she's there.

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Kat Hoyos from Here Come the Habibs heading for fame

WHEN she was still a child, Newtown actress Kat Hoyos made a sensible decision — she would become a successful entertainer and she’s on her way after her debut as Layla on Nine’s new comedy Here Come the Habibs last night.

Steve Stickney - Daily Telegraph

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Jersey Boys has plenty of girl power

They were always singing about women.
The ones they pined for.
The ones their eyes adored.
The ones they were begging to stay just a little bit longer.

Simon Plant - Herald Sun

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Everyone realises how important the girls are for the show.


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Stage star in Jersey Boys has triple the fun

For Hoyos, breathing the same air as the audience makes for a rewarding experience as a performer.

"It is so nice to get that immediate response from the audience each night, " she said.

"Working live it happens so organically and is different each night and that is the most exciting thing."

Tamara Gasser - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

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Kat Hoyos stars in Body in the Yard

RETURNING to Fairfield to film the thrilling feature movie Body in the Yard created a sense of nostalgia for former Canley Heights resident Kat Hoyos.

Bianca Perez - Fairfield City Champion

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