Drummers – Rehearsals to start


River Arts Festival 2015 Drummers Recruit Information

Draft Program

Just to wet the appetite the 2015 Draft Program for this years festival.

2015 Draft Program

Stallholders Invitation

Stallholders are invited to apply for food and beverage stall sites at the Welcome to Country event on Friday, 30 October 2015 and/or other stall types at the main festival day on Saturday, 31 October 2015.  Please complete the application and return to

2015 Stallholders Registration Form

Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture

Enter the Sculpture Forbes Competition for your chance to win 20K!

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 “Choir Workshops 2015

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Choir workshops are being held for school children to participate in the spectacular finale of the 2015 Festival.  All children are invited to join in this exciting event.

”’200 Hundred Dresses – Not forgotten””

by Melody Rhurmund

The concept of this Installation came to me when I realised that it took just one month for us to forget all the  devastating news on the girls in Africa been stolen. We will not forget people that  have being Abused  and Stolen  from their families. This Installation is to remind us that we have not let go of our hope for all people to be rescued and remembered and out of devastation can come beauty …

Every man woman and child is invited to be involved. Via a Dress; Poetry; a Hat; a Doll;  Yarn bomb a section of fence; boys clothing is not being exclude…..  There will be 200 Hundred dresses randomly placed along the whole fence. You are invited to attach a dress where you like or anything that will  mean something to you in remembrance for someone or yourself as a way of letting go or a prayer or meditation for good wishers towards any person in a difficult situation.

“Anyone can bring anything, we want them to put their own dress up,” Melody said.

The installation will go along the whole of the Forbes Public School fence across the road from Bernardi’s down to the bridge.

“It’s going to be spectacular,” Melody said.

“Forbes Has Talent Quest”

will be back once again with everyone who has a special talent encouraged to enter and organisers are also seeking buskers to perform throughout the weekend.

“Forbes Theatre Company”

This year there will also be more of a focus on theatre with Forbes Theatre Company to be launched via the River Arts Festival.

Melody Ruhrmund is also the driving force behind the creation of the Forbes Theatre Company in town and encourages anyone interested in all aspects of theatre to sign up.

“There’s no limit on age as long as you love theatre,” she said.  Call Melody on 0457150222 for more information or pop in to Splash Gallery on Templar Street.

Forbes Theatre Company

“The Boomerang Re-enactment March Coincides with the 2015 Festival”

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The re-enactment of the 1915 BOOMERANG snowballing recruitment of World War One coincides with this years Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival, as part of the Centenary of ANZAC.  Check out the story at  for more information.

“Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw” – Travelling exhibition by Rebecca Wilson

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“Splash Gallery”splash2

Templar Street, Forbes – Next to Esmes Cafe

Is a Kalari Lachlan River Arts Festival Initiative and the headquarters for this years festival.

Love to see you; pop in to say hello, we are fundraising to support the festival and everything is Splash1for sale.  This is an opportunity to become part of the our Cultural program, are you interested in exhibiting or selling your art Work; love to act; sing or do props; etc  or get involved with the Forbes Theatre Company. There are art classes for children and adults and other workshops, come down to meet us .. See you there


Click here for Maps of Forbes and how to find us


‘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 2013 >> Our thanks to Forbes Advocate staff for their fantastic support.

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


PeoplePower_SteveWoodhall_137938827_CQXRgVka_SMLDo you want to do something truly rewarding? YES? Then join our crew as a Festival volunteer to help make our next River Arts Festival another great success. 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, and be nourished in our Volunteers Tent. Please email us NOW if you’d like to join our crew:

READ what barrister David Ash said about Forbes in his Francis Forbes Oration at the 2013 Festival >>


SongsForKateDocoInvitation2012The film about our first River Arts Festival, Songs For Kate, by Bathurst documentary filmmaker, Tracy Sorrenson, is now available for sale. Contact Ronin Films, or visit Tracy’s production company, Squawkin’ Galah >>  Youtube snippet of Songs For Kate  >>   BECOME A FESTIVAL MEMBER: download your River Arts Festival Inc membership form here >> FESTIVAL ON FACEBOOK >> FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email Snailmail: River Arts Festival Inc, PO Box 888, Forbes, NSW, 2871 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.   Page created 23 May 2011. Last updated 6 October 2014. Permalink: Copyright Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival Inc.