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If These Halls Could Talk expands to Tasmania

In 2016, Arts Northern Rivers received funding through Create NSW’s Regional Partnerships program to deliver a region-wide contemporary arts program, If These Halls Could Talk.  Due to its organisation, awareness and strong creative outcomes, the project will now be expanding to Tasmania after being offered the opportunity to partner with the Ten Days on The Lands festival.

The initial If These Halls Could Talk project was held from 17 September – 17 December 2016. It featured a line-up of internationally and locally renowned creatives who transformed seven community halls across the Northern Rivers region into immersive, site-specific works that were reflective of the unique narrative of each hall and its community.

The multi-arts program re-invigorated and celebrated the region’s passion for the humble community halls and acknowledge the role that they play in creating social cohesion and a sense of community spirit.

The success of If These Halls Could Talk has led to the opportunity for the project to expand beyond the Northern Rivers Region, and we are delighted that the partnership formed between Arts Northern Rivers and Tasmania’s Ten Days on The Island festival will see the iconic concept of a project such as If These Halls Could Talk  further benefit other regional communities within Australia.

The Tasmanian extension of If These Halls Could Talk will be co-produced by Arts Northern Rivers and Ten Days on The Island as a special feature within The Festival’s 20-year anniversary program in 2021. Expressions of Interest are currently open to community halls in Tasmania to continue the celebration of the unique character and narrative of historical halls through the presentation of a multi-arts program.

Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, Peter Wood, welcomes the celebration of similarities between our unique region and the island; “Extending this much loved Northern Rivers project beyond the region is a reflection of the quality of the work and its ability to speak across geographic boundaries” he said. “It’s a wonderful acknowledgment of the power of a regionally based creative project to resonate and engage with a new audience and community”.