Eurobodalla River of Art Wraps Up on a High Note

The 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Festival celebrated its finale in style on Sunday 29 May, with locals, volunteers and visitors partying in Narooma to the sounds of The Somedays.

Having been named the Gold Winner for NSW Tourism Awards in 2015, this year’s 10-day program featured over one hundred events that attracted more festival visitors than ever to our spectacular South Coast.

Festival chair Sue Barford said, “Performances, community events, galleries and open studios from Durras to Wallaga Lake reported plenty of guests from regional NSW, Canberra, Sydney and further afield.”

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program.

“Events such as the Eurobodalla River of Art play an important role for tourism in Regional NSW, attracting visitors and helping boost local economies and I congratulate Sue Barford and her team on delivering another fantastic event for our region,” Mr Constance said.

As usual, the fabulous Wearable Art Fashion Parade presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group, sold out early with all 140 tickets snapped up. And no wonder!

Themed Queen of the Desert, this year’s parade in Moruya showcased the exceptional talent of our local designers and artisans.

On the musical front, blues legends Phil Wiggins and Dom Turner also played a sold-out performance at the historic Kinema in Narooma.

Other crowd-pleasers included the great line-up of local talent at the Family Open Day in Batemans Bay, the ‘meet the makers’ Creators Bazaar in Moruya, a hugely popular Battlebird concert in Narooma, and a provocative Poetry Slam held at Moruya.

Sue Barford said, “The real stars of the festival were our innovative local artists, whose eclectic works were on display in open studios and galleries, local shops, cafes and businesses right along the Eurobodalla coast.”

The Art on the Waterways project, which was one of the festival newcomers, attracted lots of online interest and some wonderful photographs of ephemeral beach sculptures. View the Instagram pics at #eroa2016.

Meanwhile, the SoArt Gallery in Narooma presented the finalists in the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Prize, including Keedah Throssell’s winning artwork titled ‘Invasion Day’.

Sue Barford reminds everyone, “Eurobodalla River of Art returns next year. So mark the dates19 to 28 May 2017 in your diaries now!

“As ever, the festival is made possible thanks to the efforts of a committed group of volunteers, along with all our artists and generous support from Destination NSW, the Eurobodalla Shire Council and local business sponsors.”