River ready to flow

Flags are up and flying along the South Coast from Batemans Bay to Bermagui as River of Art gets set to launch a vibrant 10-day arts festival on River of Art.

Festival Chair Sue Barford said Batemans Bay had embraced the festival this year, with several debut events and new performances.

“Check out the program and create your own art trail,” was her advice.

“Make a day of it browsing the many exhibitions and open studios from Batemans Bay through Lilli Pilli, Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Mogo to Moruya”.

Throughout the festival, the Esplanade in Batemans Bay will light up with a new Liquid Art art space presenting visual arts, dance, live music, edgy storytelling and interactive performances. Liquid Art opens on Saturday, May 20, with a Creative Makers’ Group Exhibition of photography, watercolours, paintings, pastel drawings, glassworks and jewellery.

Dance at the Liquid Art launch party to The Awesome!

On Sunday, May 21, come along to Speakers Corner or hit the dancefloor with a free Zumba workshop where you can learn a variety of different Latin American and International dance styles.

Soak up the tribal sounds and energy of Djembe Forte, a drum and dance group who perform traditional rhythms from West Africa.

Book soon to see Kirsty Webeck, one of Australia’s hottest new comedians, playing live at South Tribe on May 27.

For something special, don’t miss the classical performance in Batehaven by The Streeton Trio – described by Musica Viva as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio.

Children and the young at heart are well catered with Real Live Faery Stories and Noisy Nonna – a fun-filled show around cooking, a kitchen band and making music with utensil instruments.

South Durras has a fascinating exhibition on the spectre of fire in our midst – Oh Innocent Flame!

Back in Batemans, a new Youth Art Prize will be display at the River of Art Gallery in Bridge Plaza.

River of Art also showcases Indigenous artworks and activities inspired by country and culture. Sign up for Walbanga Minga Dungaarn and explore local bush tucker, traditional hunting techniques, weaving and stories. In Batemans Bay, see the possum cloak decorated by the local community in creative workshops led by Aunty Loretta Parsley. In Mogo, visit the Koori Women’s Art Exhibition.

River of Art offers opportunities to enjoy and take home unique artworks and collectables. Choose from paintings, pastels and photography. Browse fine woodworks, handmade jewellery, glass creations, mosaics, bespoke hats, textiles and handmade clothing.