Right across the Eurobodalla Shire and beyond, River of Art is attracting record interest from locals and visitors alike.
The festival kicked off in style last Friday with a launch in Bodalla followed by a lively after party in Moruya.
Then on Sunday, Flights of Fancy – this year’s annual Wearable Art fashion extravaganza organised by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group – entertained more than 200 people, 25% of whom were visitors from outside the region.
‘The festival has many more must-see attractions ahead, with diverse activities on offer every day this week’, said Festival Chair, Sue Barford. ‘Check our program on the River of Art website and go to What’s On to see daily activities.
‘There’s still time to book for several tours and workshops. We have a Pastel on Canvas workshop in Batemans Bay on 25 May, the Mogendoura Farm Talk on 26 May, and the Walbanga Minga Dungaarn walking and learning experience on 27 May.
‘Meanwhile, Art on Parade is open right through the week until Sunday 28 May from Batemans Bay to Bermagui – along with many artist’s studios.
‘And there’s welcome news for everyone who missed the Creators Bazaar last Saturday, which we had to cancel due to heavy rain’, says Sue Barford.
‘The Creators Bazaar is back at the riverside markets in Moruya this Saturday 27 May. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase local work straight from the maker, buy tasty treats, picnic and be entertained.’
For those interested in performances, River of Art has an hilarious all-singing, all-dancing show - Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing on Thursday night in Bodalla.
In Batemans Bay, Liquid Art rolls on all week on the esplanade - so there’s still plenty of time to check out lively art and edgy performances.
River of Art highlights over the coming weekend:
The Australian National Busking Championships hits Narooma on Saturday 27 May.
Also on 27 May, the Aurelia Quartet will perform glorious chamber music by Haydn and Schumann in Four Winds, just south of Bermagui on 27 May.
At Batemans Bay, we have stand-up comedy with Kirsty Webeck, one of Australia’s hottest new comedians performing live at South tribe in Batemans.
On 27 May, the Moruya Community Film Group screens TANNA – an extraordinary piece of filmmaking.
There’s another classical performance in Batehaven on 28 May by The Streeton Trio – described by Musica Viva as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio.
To celebrate the festival finale on Sunday 28 May, River of Art invites everyone to a family bush dance in Moruya.