NEXT RIVER ARTS FESTIVAL: LAST WEEKEND IN OCTOBER 2015
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NEW RIVER ARTS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
River Arts Festival Inc’s second AGM in December 2013 elected a new President, Margot Jolly, and a new committee. The Festival’s founder, and past president, Merrill Findlay, did not stand for re-election. More from our new president soon.
Read
Sophie Harris’s article about the meeting in the Forbes Advocate here >>

NEW! Arts Alive podcast recorded live from the River Arts Festival, 27 October, 2013, by Melbourne-based broadcaster Vincent O’Donnell: Listen here >>

LanternLady_IMGP2197_sml ’ASTOUNDING SUCCESS’: ”The lanterns have died out, musicians have packed up and gone home, and everyone is recovering after a huge weekend at the 2013 Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival,” writes Sophie Harris in the Forbes Advocate, 29 October, 2013. ”This year’s festival was an astounding success and impressed all who attended the celebration of art and culture in our region …” Read more >>

Also see The Advocate’s online FESTIVAL MEGA GALLERY >>
Our thanks to Forbes Advocate staff for their fantastic support.

READ what barrister David Ash said for our inaugural Francis Forbes Oration in Forbes >>

ARTS & CULTURE SYMPOSIUM POSTPONED: please note that our Arts & Culture Symposium in Forbes has been postponed from November 2013 until early 2014 for reasons beyond our control.  More information soon.

MUMMING THEATRE @ LOCAL PUBS

AnnabelleGreen2013_webDrinkers at the Post Office (Postie) and Vandenberg (Van) Hotels are about to be mummed by a troupe of young actors from Charles Sturt University’s Bathurst campus led by former Forbes girl Annabelle Green who’s now works as a stage manager in Sydney. Watch out for Annabelle and her troupe —Jake Swinn, Anna’may Evans, Kate Johnston, Phoebe Donaldson and Bethany Metcalf-Allan –during Happy Hour on Friday 25th, the day our Festival starts!

WANTED NOW!!!  VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE OUR FESTIVAL HAPPEN!

PeoplePower_SteveWoodhall_137938827_CQXRgVka_SMLDo you want to do something truly rewarding? YES? Then join our crew as a Festival volunteer to ensure River Arts 2013 runs smoothly. We need volunteers to make and hang site decorations; marshal people, boats and cars; wait on tables for the Sir Francis Forbes dinner; manage the stages; keep an eye on the loos and garbage bins; look after lost children; collect money; be community guides … and gosh, to do lots of things! All volunteers will make new friends, receive a nice t-shirt courtesy of Target Country Forbes, and be nourished by our Festival partner Centacare in our Volunteers Tent. Please email us NOW if you’d like to join our crew: riverartsfestival@yahoo.com

DOWNLOAD YOUR FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM HERE >>

YARN-BOMBED TRACTOR IN MAIN STREET OF FORBES!

yARNbOMBEDtRACTOR2013_IMGP1896Forbes Guerrilla Artists have struck again! Tuesday 15 October Marg and Toni and their crew transformed Johnny Fisher’s old tractor into a work of art! This latest addition to our Festival Arts Trail now sites proudly amongst the brand new cars at John Davis Motors in Lachlan Street. Because you can find art anywhere!  More >>

See more of our tractor on Festival Facebook >>

FESTIVAL LANTERN WEAVING WORKSHOPS

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Two car loads of fibre artists from Orange spent a day teaching us how to transform a trailer load of twisted willow branches into lanterns and hanging sculptures for River Arts 2013. Our thanks to the Lanny, Helen and the Orange Fibre Artists Group for passing on their skills at our Festival HQ and creating some magical lanterns to decorate our Festival sites. You’ll see their work at the Festival, and dozens of stunning paper lanterns too. More >>

October 17, Sophie Harris in the Forbes Advocate on our lantern workshops  … more >>

FOUR VERY SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS AT OUR FESTIVAL!

From http://www.saltdoco.com/movie-info/synopsis.htmThree riveting new documentaries will be shown in our Festival cinema on Saturday 26th October: Songs For Kate, by Bathurst doco maker Tracy Sorensen, about the premiere of the Kate Kelly Song Cycle at River Arts 2011, Nothing On Earth produced and directed by Michael Angus, about internationally renowned photographer Murray Frederick’s artistic odyssey in the Arctic, and the award winning Salt, by Michael Angus and Murray Frederick, about Murray’s annual pilgrimage to Lake Eyre. More >>

ART COMPETITION: WEARABLE ART WITH A MOTORING THEME

ENTRIES NOW OPEN! Download your entry form here >>  More information on this exciting competition soon. More on our Arts Trail here >>

LOTS OF CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, SATURDAY MORNING

Saturday morning, 26 October, is for our future artists and arts lovers with lots of activities for little kids. First up at 9.30 am is Water Children, a very special dance event hosted by Forbes Public School. Every child in the Shire is invited to call up the water spirits to a new electronic work  by David Page, Artist in Residence with Bangarra Dance Theatre. Meet at the Main Stage. More here >>

Ant1_Children'sEntertainer_smlAnd, after Water Children, ANT 1, a former Hooley Dooley, will get the kids singing and dancing again. Antoine is one of Australia’s best loved children’s entertainers. He will be presenting two 45 minutes shows for us: the first on the Main Stage at around 9.45, the second at 11.30 on the Festival’s Bowling Green children’s playground.

Details here >>

SCULPTURES NOW ON DISPLAY IN FORBES SHOPS

SculptureForbesHighwaySign_cropped1 October 2013: More than twenty sculptors from around Australia have entered work in the inaugural SculptureForbes competition hosted by Forbes Services Club. Their sculptures will be on display in Forbes shops throughout October. Visit the shops, check out all the artworks, choose your favourite and vote for it in the People’s Choice Award. You might even like to buy it! Prizes will be presented  on Festival Saturday. More on our visual arts trail here >>

RIVER WORDS POETRY COMPETITION: CLOSES MONDAY 21 OCTOBER

PoetryCompPhoto_CentralWestLibrariesNSWAre you a poet or songwriter? Are you inspired by our Kalari-Lachlan River, or other waterways? Would you like your words to ring out across Lake Forbes for our 2013 Festival? And/or have a chance to win a $100? Yes? Then send us a max. of 30 lines of your finest words by 21 October, with a River Words competition entry form. The only rules are that the word “river” must appear in your poem, and that the words must be the author’s original work. Find out more about River Words >>

SYDNEY INDY-BLUES BAND TO ROCK ON RANKIN STREET
SydneyIndyBandStormcellar-smallEclectic Sydney band Stormcellar will perform some of their latest music at our Rhythm On Rankin Street on Festival Friday, and on the main stage on Festival Saturday. As pioneers of the emerging “Ozicana” genre, they craft original music that combines elements of Folk, Country, Blues and Roots. With two #1 albums on the Australian Blues & Roots Chart, they have achieved international recognition with chart positions in France, Canada, and in the US on the National Blues Charts and Roots Report. They even have fans in Iceland! More >>
Read Stormcellar’s blog on their River Arts 2013 gigs in Forbes  >>

PLAYS BY CENTRAL WEST PLAYWRIGHTS FOR RIVER ARTS 2103

PicnicSpot2013_CentralWestShortPlayFestivalBathurstNSWA celebration of Central West theatre talent: five short plays by Cowra, Orange, Bathurst and Canowindra playwrights in the Festival Lounge from 5.30 pm on Festival Saturday. To be followed by a discussion with the playwrights and producer moderated by Professor Jordan Williams from Canberra University.

“An angry cat. A reflective old man. Some nosy house guests. A guy who just wants a date. When you have a stage, some actors and 10 minutes or so to tell a story, anything is possible ….”  More >>

Download your Plays poster here >>

SUNDAY “AWAY DAY”: DJ DINOSAUR POOL PARTY FOR KIDS

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Fun afternoon for children at Forbes Olympic Pool with DJ Dinosaur. Lots of music, crafts and games for kids to finish off the Festival. From 1 pm, Sunday 27th October.

Visit the pool on Facebook for more information >>

FESTIVAL PERCUSSION NOW OFF AND DRUMMING!

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PERCUSSION & RHYTHM WORKSHOPS with Peter Kennard  @ Festival HQ,  81 Rankin Street, Forbes More >>

NEW DRUMMING PHOTOS  >>

Drumming Up Festival Interest, Forbes Advocate, 27 August 2013  Read more >>

26 July 2013: MARCHING TO THE BEAT OF HIS OWN DRUM, a video interview by Robert Virtue, ABC Central West.  Peter Kennard is a musician who likes to practice his craft in a unique way… Like creating instruments from rusty pieces of old farm equipment. Now he’s planning on showing off his creations to the region …. Watch the video >>

FESTIVAL CREW MEMBER TWYCE DAILY WINS MUSIC AWARDS

TwyceDaily2013_P10706777 October 2013: Singer-songwriter Twyce Daily won the prestigious Australian Country Talent Seekers (ACTS) Quest at the Parkes Country Music Spectacular and the Songwriting Society of Australia award for excellence in performance and songwriting over the October long weekend. Twyce and his family recently moved to Parkes from Melbourne so he could play more music. He’ll not only be performing at our River Arts Festival on 25/26 October, but will also be videoing it. Watch out for this award winning musician both on the stage and off it at River Arts 2013. More >>
Watch some of Twyce Daily’s music clips here >>
And a fantastic youtube here >>

OUR FESTIVAL POSTERS IN DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND

RiverArts2013PostersInDerbyshire_IMGP1316_smallKathy Harvey, Chair of the Wirksworth Arts Festival in England’s Derbyshire Dales, Ben Dew, Wirksworth’s 22-year-old Mayor, Wirksworth Festival manager Wendy Johnston, and River Arts Festival’s founder, Merrill Findlay, show off our River Arts Festival posters outside Wirksworth’s Festival Office. Merrill visited Wirksworth as part of the Pavilion Project, an international cultural exchange organised by Festival partner, Arts OutWest, and Derbyshire County Council. More on this pioneering exchange at Merrill’s Rural Arts Festivals blog, and at Arts OutWest’s Pavilion Project blog. Download our Festival posters here >>

FESTIVAL PROGRAM LAUNCH

FestivalDrummers_23Sept2013_cropped24 September 2013: The drumbeat could be heard from blocks away as the River Arts Festival Drummers helped launch the program for the 2013 Kalari River Arts Festival this week, writes Sophie Harris in the Forbes Advocate. More >>
As well as the drummers, the media launch featured the mayor making a lantern with Ro Burns, and a solo by young saxophonist Thomas Haynes. Plus a couple of yarn-bombed trees and colourful handmade bunting as site decorations. More on the program highlights >>
More on Facebook: a great talking picture >>
And the Facebook Album of this gig  >>

FORBES HAS TALENT QUEST

ThomasHaynesSaxophonist_Forbes23Sept20134 August 2013: Forbes has some extraordinarily talented young people, as our first Forbes Has Talent Quest revealed. More >>

27 July 2013: ”Forget Australia’s Got Talent, the X-Factor or even The Voice. Now we have Forbes Has Talent to help unearth the next Celia Pavey,” writes Michael Bushell in the Forbes Advocate.  More >>

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR THE FESTIVAL?

FestivalPoster_Feb2013_sml_03Seen our poster exhibition by local artist and graphic designer, Rosie Wingrove Johnston,  with Steve Woodhall‘s photos from River Arts 2011? The posters ask a simple question: WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR THE FESTIVAL? Download them, print them, post them up around town, email them to all your friends and inspire lots of creative thinking for River Arts 2013. So what ARE you doing for the Festival? Register your performance, stall, exhibition or whatever here >>

CALL FOR FESTIVAL INPUT: Forbes Advocate, 7 March 2013
The organisers of this year’s Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival have launched a series of colourful posters, asking local people to contribute to the October 25-27 Festival  More >>

OUR NEW HQ & WORKSHOP @ 81 RANKIN STREET

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All Sewn Up, Forbes Advocate, 4 May 2013, page 1: Parked cars were turned into works of street art on Wednesday as the Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival organisers launched a new festival drop-in workshop More >>

1 May 2013: Today we celebrated our new HQ @ 81 Rankin Street by yarn storming a couple of vehicles parked outside.
Our new Festival HQ was made available rent-free by its owner Tony Bernardi, one of Forbes’ most respected businessmen, and founder of Bernardi’s IGI markets, as a contribution to the Festival. Thank you Tony, Helen and family. The support River Arts 2013 is getting from our local community is fantastic. More on our HQ and workshop space and what we’ll be doing in it here >>
More on our yarn storming and guerrilla art >>

13 May 2013: Our own Margot Jolly, Festival Secretary, tells ABC Central West listeners about launching our new HQ with a guerrilla art event : The Art of Yarn Bombing  >>

BRIDIE, THE DANCING LIBERTY HORSE

Forbes horsewoman Margaret Hart on Bridie11 May 2103: Local equestrienne-farmer Margaret Hart and her liberty trained horse Bridie will be performing beside Lake Forbes on Festival Saturday.
Bridie  will dance without restraints to music in gentle, graceful movements guided by Margaret from the ground. A beautiful demonstration of the art of horsewomanship and the natural bond between horses and people. Margaret will also talk about the art and philosophy of liberty training and her love for horses.
Animals are central to our lives in the bush, so we are keen to celebrate them at our River Arts Festival, in as many ways as possible. More >>

DRAGON BOATS TO BE “QUITE A SPECTACLE AND NOISY!”

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8 May, 2013: Forbes Dragon Boat Club will be paddling again at River Arts 2013, possibly with visiting dragon boaters from Dubbo and Orange.
The dragon boats will lead the opening flotilla on Festival Saturday, and will later give Festival patrons a chance to “have a go” at paddling themselves. More on the dragon boats and their “noisy” joint training sessions with visiting teams >>

28 August 2013Forbes Shire Council has initiated a RENEW FORBES program to transform our Empty Spaces (lots of vacant shopfronts around town) into spaces for thrilling arts exhibition and creative industries to revitalise our town. Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Australia, will meet with local business people and building owners in Forbes at 6 pm, 2 September, at the Forbes Services Club. Download the press release here ….  Media Release RENEW FORBES MAKING THE MOST OF EMPTY SPACES 

SEE Forbes Advocate, 27 August 2013: Plan for Forbes Renewal >>

OUR RISING STAR: CELIA PAVEY

Celia Pavey of Forbes at the 2011 Kalari-Lachlan River Arts FestivalExtraordinarily gifted Forbes teenager, Celia Pavey, one of our 2011 Festival performers, has wowed both coaches and audiences in her The Voice Australia audition. The show’s coaches were overwhelmed by her talent. Celia left town in May 2012 to study at the Australian Institute of Music in Surrey Hills, Sydney. She will now also be coached by Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem, through The Voice. And the rest of her family is just as talented, as you’ll see at River Arts 2013.
Watch Celia’s audition and the judges reactions on The Voice >>
Celia sings Jolene >>
Visit her on  Facebook >>
And/or read Amy Millerd’s story, Celia Gives Forbes A Voice, in The Forbes Advocate  >>

LACHLAN RIVER COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA’S DEBUT
LachlanRiverCommunityOrchestra2013-smallMG_0490-1Our new Lachlan River Community Orchestra (LRCO) will make its debut at River Arts 2013. “LRCO is a community-focused participant-driven orchestra, providing music education and performance opportunities for its members and the wider community,” says conductor Andrew Baker, director of Mitchell Conservatorium‘s Lachlan Campus. ” LRCO welcomes instrumental players of all ages and stages to join at any time. The music is adapted to suit the individual player’s age, standard and instrument.” More >>

AN EVENING WITH SIR FRANCIS FORBES 

Portrait (detail) of Sir Francis Forbes, first Chief Justice of NSW, courtesy of Sir Francis Forbes Society web site.Join us for an evening with the man for whom our town is named, Sir Francis Forbes, on 24 October 2013. An entertaining introduction to Sir Francis by Sydney barrister David Ash and premiere performance in Forbes of a song Sir Francis wrote, The Banks Of Newfoundland. This event will be co-hosted by Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival Inc. and the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, in association with Forbes Shire Council, and other partners.  More >>

SCULPTURE FORBES COMPETITION & EXHIBITION

River Arts Festival Partner, Forbes Services Memorial Club, is hosting a national sculpture competition, SculptureForbes, with a cash prize of $6,000, plus A People’s Choice Award. Entries will be displayed in shop windows or in Albion Park, Forbes, throughout October. Winners will be announced at the Festival on 26th October. More on SculptureForbes >>
Download the A4 SculptureForbes Poster here, stick it on a wall and/or email it to all your ‘arty’ mates >>

RIVER ARTS TRAIL: VISUALS FOR EVERYONE’S TASTE

Wombat (details) by Elaine Imrie, Forbes Arts Society, NSW, 2013.Our Festival Arts Trail will have exhibitions and happenings for everyone, from very traditional to absolutely not.  Forbes Arts Society is hosting an exhibition of works by members of the Australian Plein-Air Artists Group (APAG) at their  Platypus Gallery, for example, while at the other side of the CBD, Mezzanine Cafe is hosting Big Is Better, and next door, Sam Leonard of S&M Paint & Panel will give aspiring spray painters an opportunity to do their own auto art. More >>

UKES OF HAZARD

Those mad community musos from Marrickville, the Ukes of Hazard, will be in Forbes to get us all strumming our ukuleles, tapping our feet and singing along at our ‘Rhythm On Rankin’ on Friday night, 25 October.   The Ukes do kinda folksy bluegrass versions of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Talking Heads, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Cash and lots of other favourites. And not only on ukes. They play banjo, upright bass, accordion, banjolele, violin, harmonica and trumpet too, and just about anything else that’s available at the time. They’ll be conducting uke workshops at our HQ @ 81 Rankin Street, and be expecting you to BYO uke and other instruments along, and your best sing-along voice. More >>

FORBES COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE SYMPOSIUM, NOVEMBER 2013

 River Arts Festival Inc. and project partners will be co-hosting an Arts and Cultural Development Symposium to evaluate the 2013 Festival, explore the multiple benefits arts festivals and other cultural activities offer small rural communities, and plan collaborative projects for our next biennial Festival in 2015. This event will be held in Forbes town Hall on the weekend of 23/24 November. And you’re all be invited. More >>

RIVER ARTS 2011: our 1st festival

Giant Lachlan Cod lantern, Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival 2011, Forbes, NSW, 2871, made by LightnUp Lanterns, Lismore. Photo by Steve Woodhall.

Refresh your memory about our first-ever Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in September 2011? If couldn’t get there then check it out  here >>

Steve Woodhall’s fabulous Photos >>
Amy Whitfield’s fabulous Photos >>
Luke Wong’s video of our lantern parade >>
Tracy Sorenson’s Youtube on lantern making for the 2011 Festival >>
Tracy’s Youtube snippet of her documentary, Songs For Kate, about the making of the Kate Kelly Song Cycle, the headline event for the 2011 Festival >>
Songs For Kate on Facebook >>

Also read our full report on the 2011 Festival >>

 ’OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD’

Regional Arts Australia's 'Outstanding Contribution' award to Merrill Findlay, October 2012.21 October 2012:  Our efforts to establish a regional arts festival in central western NSW were formally acknowledged with the presentation of a Regional Arts Australia ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award’ to Festival founder Merrill Findlay, at the 2012 RAA conference in Goolwa, SA. Merrill accepted the award on behalf of everyone who worked so hard to make our first Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in 2011 such an incredible success. Our goal now is to make the River Arts Festival the region’s major cultural event within the next ten years, and to ensure that it remains free to the public, and very inclusive.

24 October 2012: Forbes writer and festival director Merrill Findlay has been presented with one of seven national awards for an ‘outstanding contribution to the arts in regional Australia, says Arts OutWest >>

FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY

SONGS FOR KATE, a documentary by Tracy Sorrenson and her team about the creation of the Kate Kelly Song Cycle, and its premiere at the 2011 River Arts Festival was screened at Mezzanine Cafe in Forbes on Saturday, 17 November, 2012.  Copies of this documentary are available from Tracy’s production company, Squarkin’ Galah >>

Youtube snippet of Songs For Kate  >>

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KL River Arts Festival Inc. was incorporated in the state of New South Wales, Australia, (INC9896737), in 2012, and held its first AGM/election of office bearers on 30 August 2012.  We were registered on the Australian Business Register in September 2012: ABN 50 766 997 576. We are not registered to pay GST.

 

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