Ignite your creativity for 2019 Kalari-Lachlan River Arts

The Kalari Lachlan River Arts Festival team is hoping to ignite local imaginations as they shift the date of the biennial event to winter.

This year’s festival will be held in Victoria Park on June 15, and now is the time to bring your ideas to the table and be part of it.

The festival has a Regional Arts NSW grant to engage a festival coordinator, and Rob Shannon is returning to the role.

The Bathurst-based Shannon, who grew up on a local farm, has now been involved with the River Arts Festival for a number of years.

He is encouraging local artists, dancers, musicians, poets, writers to be part of this year’s event. 

“This is very much an opportunity for all these people to have a place,” he said.

“You don’t have to be a certified, practising artist or musician.

“This is a community cultural festival and it’s got to be fuelled by the community.

“It’s a place where people can express themselves.”

The “ignite” theme has many ideas behind it: the committee hopes to ignite conversations and ignite ideas.

It’s still in the early stages, so now is the time to bring ideas for events around that weekend to the team.

They are happy to work with people to make bring a range of ideas to reality.

The park will host art installations, with regional artists getting involved and more invited to bring their work, works in progress are very welcome.

Dancers, musicians, poets and writers are also encouraged to be part of it.

There will be food vans, and plans for a beautiful evening out for all the family to enjoy are coming together.

With the early nightfall just a week out from winter solstice, and the beautiful lights now in the park, the plan is also to light the heritage buildings around the Victoria Park square.

Surrounded by historic churches, the Vandenberg Hotel, police station, court house and Town Hall, the location is picturesque.

“One of the things we want to ‘ignite’ is a stronger appreciation of this historical square,” the committee’s Margot Jolly said.

The team is also planning creative workshops in the lead-up to the festival day.

You can contact festival coordinator Rob Shannon by emailing robdha@bigpond.com or phoning 0415 223 267.