NEXT RIVER ARTS FESTIVAL: LAST WEEKEND IN OCTOBER 2015 Maps of Forbes and how to find us >> Festival accommodation [pdf 532 kb]  >>


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. Read Sophie Harris’s article about the meeting in the Forbes Advocate 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.

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

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.


SculptureForbesHighwaySign_cropped After the success of SculptureForbes 2013, Forbes Services Club is again calling for entries in their national sculpture competition. All sculptures will be on display in Forbes shops throughout October 2104. An Acquisition Prize of $20,000 plus other prizes will be awarded. Visitors can nominate their favourite works for the People’s Choice Award. Download your entry forms from the  SculptureForbes web site >>


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 viewing. Contact Ronin Films, or visit Tracy’s production company, Squarkin’ Galah >> Download the film poster >> Youtube snippet of Songs For Kate  >>


BECOME A FESTIVAL MEMBER: download your River Arts Festival Inc membership form here >>


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email riverartsfestival[at]

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.  

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