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Artstate Wagga Wagga

Artstate is a hybrid event – part conference, part arts program – that has travelled across regional NSW for the last four years. Its fourth and final iteration will be in Wagga Wagga from Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 November 2020.

Artstate is one of the first significant art events returning to regional NSW since the COVID pandemic struck, and Regional Arts NSW CEO Elizabeth Rogers is excited to support regional artists and provide creative communities with something to look forward to.

Artstate will start on Thursday 5 November with a creative and traditional opening ceremony, “WAGGA WAGGA: to dance, to celebrate.” Conceived by Jonathan Jones and created with Senior Wiradjuri elders, the opening ceremony will explain the true meaning of the name Wagga Wagga through the coming-together of sounds, songs, and stories that will deeply connect people to country.

Following the opening ceremony will be two days of a speaker’s conference, where the conversations will centre around the themes “Walking Together” and “Shaping Tomorrow.”  Four keynote addresses will be delivered by Associate Professor Faye McMillan, Award-winning writer, Wongaiibon woman, and wheelchair user Gayle Kennedy, Visual Artist Dr. Erica Seccombe,  and Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela.

A range of plenary and breakout sessions will also be on offer as part of the conference.

Complimentary to the speaker’s program will be a diverse arts program, comprising of exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, public installations, written and visual arts, traditional Wiradjuri practices, and more.

Find out more and grab your tickets here!