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ARTLANDS Festival Program Out Now

16 Aug 2016 /

The Hon Troy Grant, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts has today unveiled the incredible line up of artists showcasing their work at the upcoming ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 Festival.

A stunning celebration of the artistic talent of Regional NSW, the event will take over the regional city of Dubbo from October 26-29 alongside the ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 industry conference.

Opening the biennial Festival 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 the Festival, 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.

Carefully 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.

Cultural Program Director, Greg Pritchard said “I think people are going to love the diversity and depth of the program. From Aboriginal Country Legends to skate-boarding youth and everything in between, with more than a few surprises. I travelled many thousands of kilometres to find the best the state has to offer”.

The regional city of Dubbo is located 600 kilometres west of Sydney and its 40,000-plus residents are preparing to host 1,000 conference delegates and festival-goers, showcasing the city’s taste and enthusiasm for the arts in all its forms.

Image: Vanishing Point 3, Julie Montgarett – Land Hang Photo by James Farley