ARTLANDS Festival Program Launched in Dubbo
The Hon Troy Grant, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts recently launched the incredible line up of artists showcasing their work at the upcoming ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 Festival.
Opening the biennial Festival on 27 October will be a collaborative performance work from Circus West and Sydney’s Stalker Theatre, Evolution, as well as a showcase of skills from young performers residing in regional NSW. Following Evolution will be the Festival Opening Ceremony, a unique spectacle of music, dance, projection and more.
In a major coup for ARTLANDS, patrons will be treated to a performance from the much-loved Buried Country, a live version of Clinton Walker’s multi-media history of Aboriginal country music with a line-up of Indigenous talent such as vocalists Roger Knox, Auriel Andrew, LJ Hill, Warren H Williams, Franny Peters-Little, Leah Flanagan and Luke Peacock front an all star band featuring Brendan Gallagher, Buddy Knox, Teangi Knox, Jim Elliott and Jason Walker.
Visual arts program highlights include Old Land, New Marks, an exhibition of the work of NSW Aboriginal artists selected by Bundjalung curator Djon Mundine OAM, and Matilda Julian’s A Room of Her Own, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay about women in the arts.
Curated by Cultural Program Director, Greg Pritchard, the program will also feature the soulful country vocal styles of Fanny Lumsden, and music from Heath Cullen, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Dave Mason and Brendan Gallagher, and Radical Son.
Visitors can also take home their own piece of Regional NSW art thanks to the ARTLANDS Art Fair at Centenary Pavilion, and take part in a workshop with the Master Fibre Makers Gathering, an awe-inspiring collaborative project featuring the skills, materials and cultural practices of indigenous artists from NSW, Far North QLD and Tasmania.
Image: Wiradjuri Elder Diane McNaboe, photo courtesy Alex Wisser