COVID-safe River of Art Festival on track

Resilience and renewal – that’s the theme of this year’s River of Art Festival to be held across the Eurobodalla region from 18 to 27 September.

In the face of the hardship and destruction that much of the region has suffered this year, organisers of the annual River of Art want to showcase the community’s resolution and strength through its artistic creativity.

“The bushfires and then COVID-19 have caused so much suffering up and down our region. We want the River of Art Festival to help people find enjoyment in the region’s arts,” said Di Jay, co-chair of the festival.

“Because of the COVID restrictions, we’ll have a “slimmed down” festival this year. But there will still be everyone’s favourites such as the River of Art Prize, Open Studios, workshops and exhibitions,” added Vicki Lascelles, also the festival’s co-chair.

“And we’re very excited about some new features which we’ll be announcing in coming days. While COVID has meant we couldn’t go ahead with some of our regular features, it’s opened up new opportunities particularly via the internet,” Vicki said.

“As part of this, we’re redesigning the website which in these COVID days is one of the best ways to share and promote our art. The launch of the new website will be later this month,” explained Di.

“One of our most exciting initiatives will be the inclusion of an Arts Directory on the revamped website. This will provide a fantastic promotional service for our artists throughout the year via the internet. We’ll also have video features of artists so you can see them at work in their studios,” Vicki added. 

Now in its 15th year, this year’s River of Art Festival has been shifted from May to September. The date change which was decided last year aims to take advantage of Spring when more visitors come to the region.

Program entries are being accepted up until 14 August. Inclusion in the program is free to all artists, makers, performers, musicians and venues in the Eurobodalla shire. Registration can be accessed on the festival website –

Ever conscious of the need to respond to the changing COVID-19 requirements, activities will meet all COVID-safe requirements at the time of the festival. These requirements are posted regularly by the NSW Government and a link will be created on the festival’s website once the program has been finalised.

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