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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Countdown to the River of Art Festival

The River of Art Festival is back bigger than ever in 2022 with an exciting program of events over two huge weekends in September.

The Festival will host a diverse range of arts, music and performances from 16 to 25 September, concluding with a spectacular laser and light show called Luminous: Art After Dark on 24 September featuring an internationally recognised show set to music with vivid colours and imagery erupting over the beautiful Moruya River.

Festivities will be complemented by an artisans and local produce marketplace, performing artists including street performers and live bands, themed feature lights throughout the parkland and a kids zone.

Luminous will be held from 4.00pm to 9.00pm on 24 September and provide a colourful and fun focal point in the heart of the Eurobodalla to close the Festival. It will celebrate place, and highlight the rich creative arts offering and produce of the region. Thirty exhibitions are being curated in stunning and unique venues. Features include ‘The Nesting Season’ at the Durras Progress Hall, 6 x 3D with six local artists at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya, the Southern Highlands Printmakers at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, or the Cobargo Creators Gallery and see the Painted Poles of Cobargo celebrating life returning to a village devastated by the Black Summer fires.

In addition the River of Art Prize will be announced at the Festival launch on September 16 and the finalists’ works will feature at the Bay Pavilions in Batemans Bay throughout the festival. The festival doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Jazz great Vince Jones will perform at Bay Pavilion (September 23), Music in the Regions and The Muffat Collective bring baroque music and instruments rarely seen in the regions to churches at Moruya (September 24) and Narooma (September 25), Sydney artist Heidi Hillier brings circus cabaret to Narooma Kinema (September 17) and each weekend has a range of gigs at diverse array of venues. Workshops Workshops are held in a variety of home studios and venues, covering many different mediums, including jewellery making, watercolour, oils and ink art, printmaking, clay, soughdough and writing. For the full list of Workshops: https://www.riverofart.com.au/art/workshops/



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