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Arbour Festival to signify and celebrate a new year in the Snowy Valleys region

BY Kabuku | 10-Dec-2020
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.
Address: Various locations
Date: 28 December - 15 February
Buy / Ticket: https://www.arbourfestival.com/
Arbour Festival to signify and celebrate a new year in the Snowy Valleys region
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.

Curator of the Arbour Festival Vanessa Keenan said, “Arbour Festival includes a program of events and activities hosted by local artists and makers – most were directly impacted by the fires – that will introduce participants to a new hobby, rekindle an old interest or merely act as a distraction in what is an anxious season for so many. Arbour Festival provides an opportunity to acknowledge what has happened, celebrate what we’ve achieved and look forward to what’s yet to come.”

Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts Tim Kurylowicz said, “I think what really stands out about the Arbour Festival programming is just how many talented artists and makers there are in the Snowy Valleys region. So many of them have been willing to share their expertise and knowledge with their community through workshops, exhibitions and experiences. It's a good time to take stock and really celebrate the people that we have right here in our own backyard."

Tickets are on sale now and the full program can be found at the Arbour Festival website: https://www.arbourfestival.com/