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Artstate Lismore 2017 Unveils Full Festival Program

Regional Arts NSW has announced the full program for the inaugural Artstate Lismore, a four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.
Artstate is a four-year program of conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations. Its aim is to demonstrate the vibrancy of the arts sector in regional areas through a stimulating and inspiring two-day conference program alongside an exciting and diverse arts program that will feature a selection of regional NSW creatives.
Lismore in the Northern Rivers of NSW is the first host city for Artstate. Opening the event, will be the two-day conference program, examining the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships through keynotes, panels and break-out sessions.
Artstate keynote speakers include internationally renowned musician, Soumik Datta from the UK. As a virtuoso sarod player, his creative practice is deeply based in his Indian heritage. Soumik has collaborated with an eclectic range of artists including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Manu Delago, Akram Khan, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Talvin Singh, Joss Stone, Shankar Mahadevan, City of London Sinfonia, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as his keynote presentation, Datta will hit the stage as part of the Artstate arts program in his only Australian performance.
Featured speakers also include Director of the Norway international indigenous arts and culture festival, the largest indigenous festival in northern Europe, Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Karoline Trollvik; and member of the Bundjalung nation Rhoda Roberts, who is Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs.
Alongside the speakers program will be an arts program open to the public. The impressive line-up will feature the world premiere of local theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts’ new production Djurra; as well as a line-up of great local talent including Tora, the WHARVES, Sarah Tindley, Blakboi, Tra La La Blip and Tullara.
In a big coup for Artstate Brunswick Picture House is moving to the big smoke of Lismore for the weekend with its Cheeky Cabaret. Bold and brash, sexy and dangerous, the show smashes together circus, vaudeville, comedy and everything in between, and is a must-see on the arts program calendar.
Artstate will also see musical theatre with a performance of The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion that reveals the hidden history of Australia’s female bushrangers, starring Gleny Rae and Ilona Harker, and a little something for the kids with performances of Roundabout Theatre’s new interactive production, Colours daily.
Coinciding with the launch of the new Lismore Regional Gallery, Dreaming Trails is a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery and Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and has been curated by Gumbaynggirr cultural worker, Alison Williams. The legendary Djon Mundine has curated the second exhibition, Four Women (I do belong) inspired by the 1966 Nina Simone song Four Women. Four Aboriginal and four non-Aboriginal artists evoke the atmosphere of the Northern Rivers region that speaks of a deep and metaphysical connection to the land, the modern history and environment.
Closing out the event on Sunday morning will be a free concert by the young and extremely talented musicians from the Regional Youth Orchestra. Selected by audition from the network of 17 regional conservatoriums, the orchestra members will be travelling from all over NSW to perform at Artstate.
Artstateis open to artists, community and cultural leaders and workers, local government and even those from across the border who seek inspiration, ideas and partnerships and possibilities. Given the international, national, and local calibre of speakers and entertainment this is a rare and unique opportunity for locals to join this conversation.
Artstate Lismore is produced by Regional Arts NSW in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers, and is supported by Create NSW and Lismore City Council.