- Mon Dec 28 2020 - Mon Feb 15 2021
- Ticket prices vary
Eastern Riverina Arts will present Arbour Festival from 28 December to 15 February; a celebration of the Snowy Valleys region led by local bushfire-affected artists.
Beginning on 28 December, exactly one year after the Dunns Road Fire wrought havoc in the region for 50 days, Arbour Festival will begin its own 50-day run; growing new possibilities as the community commences a new year beyond the fire that changed everything. Surrounded by soaring trees which survived the blaze, visitors will be able to experience ephemeral installation artworks in a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums from artists including Robyn Sweeney, Sulari Genrill, Juju Roche, Andras Buisman, Helen Newman and Marlene Pearce.
Exhibitions featuring works from local artists will also run at venues in Tumut, Tumbarumba and Batlow. A curated series of workshops will allow participants to learn about a range of crafts and skills including Aboriginal weaving and tools, feltmaking, pyrography, nature photography and recording their family history.
Additionally, the Woodland Film Festival will break its four-year hiatus to return for Arbour Festival on 30 January and, for the first time in its history, will be able to fulfil its original vision of producing the festival in the true forest setting it was inspired by. The featured film, ‘Sweet Tooth’, is narrated by Cate Blanchett and was the last film to be made at Sugar Pine before the fire.
The Arbour Festival finale on 13 February will be an outdoor concert led by Aria-Award winner Fanny
Lumsden, backed by a swag of regional talent including William Crighton, Montgomery Church and Rory Phillips. The concert will also feature exhilarating performances from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
Tickets are on sale now!
Where: Pilot Hill Arboretum, Batlow
When: 28 Dec 2020 - 16 Feb 2021
Cost: Ticket prices vary..
For more information or to see the full program, please visit Arbour Festival's website.
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