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River of Art Launches a Bumper Festival Program for 2017

A bumper 2017 program is now out for the River of Art festival, showcasing a feast of arts to delight, inspire and entertain. Running over ten days from 19 to 28 May, the festival dishes up more than 130 arts treats along the South Coast, all the way from Durras to Bermagui.

Whatever your taste, there’s so much to choose from in this exciting menu of visual arts, live music, theatrical performances, creative workshops and cultural activities.

Kicking off the festival on Friday 19 May, River of Art teams up with the Eurobodalla Shire Council for a water-themed exhibition in Bodalla. Everyone is then invited to party on at the opening celebration in Moruya accompanied by free music and entertainment.

Unmissable festival favourite, Wearable Art, is back again in Moruya on 21 May. This year’s catwalk extravaganza – presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group – is bound to ruffle a few feathers as artists interpret their 2017 theme, Flights of Fancy.

The Australian National Busking Championships makes a new addition to the festival lineup on Saturday 27 May in Narooma. Hosted by Rotary, this is a fabulous chance to enjoy eclectic music, roving performers and the best of Australian busking. Acclaimed classical crossover band, The String Family, will be performing several times during the event.

There’s another debut attraction in Batemans Bay, with Liquid Art bringing together a fluid lineup of visionary artists, young performers, interactive experiences, dance and edgy storytelling. Book soon to see one of Australia’s hottest new comedians, Kirsty Webeck.
River of Art is also proud to partner with Four Winds, welcoming music lovers to venture just south of Bermagui on 27 May to enjoy the Aurelia Quartet performing Haydn and Schumann.

The prestigious River of Art 2017 Art Prize exhibition will be on show at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma from 22 May. Submissions close 26 April, so there’s still time for artists to enter.
River of Art celebrates the creative talents that thrive in this land of many waters. With a record number of open studios and exhibitions, the 2017 festival program is ripe with invitations to meet our talented local artists and discover what inspires them.

The full festival program is now out at Visitor Information Centres, galleries and selected shopfronts on the South Coast. You can view the program online here or follow on Facebook for festival updates and latest news.

Start to plan your festival visit and decide what artists and performers are on your must-see list in May. Sign up soon for workshops and book ahead for River of Art’s ticketed events.

For more information visit the River of Art website.