Arts take Spotlight in Week-long Festival


Lights! Camera! Action!

A week-long arts festival showcased the incredible talents of our high school students in the annual MADDF Extravaganza. The event – which is named for its different featured works including music, art, dance, drama, and film – is a beloved WAB tradition that shines a spotlight on student's artistic accomplishments.

"What's most incredible about this event is that the caliber of artwork is amazing, and all of it was created as part of the curriculum," said art teacher Tamara Palmer. "Everything we saw this week was stunning, and was a product of our students' work in their normal art classes in the high school."

On top of being one of the only schools in Beijing to offer the full suite of arts courses through the International Baccalaureate framework, including dance and film, WAB's arts curriculum and extracurricular program have long enjoyed a global reputation of excellence. The MADDF Extravaganza brings this work to center stage.

Grade 12 student Jem Silud was part of the opening ceremony, singing a duet of Alicia Keys' "Fallin'." She is planning to attend university in the United Kingdom next year, studying theater and film.

"It's important to share with your classmates the things that are meaningful to you. Sharing creates room to learn from each other and support each other, and the arts this week brought the high school to life," she said. "My teachers at WAB are passionate and care about their artistic subjects. They support students to develop their artistry through encouragement, discussion, and teaching – even if that means giving up their personal time."

The week of events also celebrated our alumni artists. A key part of the opening ceremony was a music video by Chucky Chong, a Class of 2015 graduate now studying sound art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Class of 2017 graduate Eric Zhang was also on-campus to deliver a speech about his experiences pursuing street photography in university.

"Whether a student is pursuing performing arts, architecture, molecular biology, or anything in between, our first priority is to guide them on a path that will maximize their potential," said High School Counselor Franko Cifizzari. "The Class of 2018 is a great example of why WAB is committed to creating opportunities for students to be accepted at their best-fit university and achieve exceptional academic results."

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