Tuesday, 1 October 2019

After 20 years of celebrating art, culture and community in Mandurah, the Stretch Arts Festival has had a makeover, sporting a new name, format and time of year.

The new-look Mandurah Arts Festival will be held during the first three weekends of November, where the city will share stories of its people through visual arts, film, music, dance, performance and the written and spoken word.

Mandurah will come alive with more than 15 small- and larger-scale projects, activating different locations across the city.

Some of the city’s most popular and recognisable spots will host bigger events, including the launch of a large-scale photographic exhibition, Faces of Mandurah, on the Mandurah Bridge, which will be accompanied by the official festival launch, a community picnic and film screening on November 2. The Musical Fruit event will wrap up the festival, transforming Keith Holmes Reserve into a launch pad for local musicians on November 16 and 17.

“The new Mandurah Arts Festival will transport us to new lands and states of mind, bringing people to share and delight in our Mandjoogoordap, our meeting place of the heart,” Mayor Rhys Williams said.

“Our city is full of creative people and change makers who are deeply connected to this place. Through the festival, we are working closely with dozens of those people to help realise their creative dreams and shine a light on Mandurah’s cultural and environmental stories.

“This is an experimental festival, from the format to the content and even the audience – we want people who wouldn’t normally come to an arts event to feel they are an integral a part of the Mandurah Arts Festival.

“We are starting small to give the festival the opportunity to grow organically with community at its heart.”

Mandurah Arts Festival highlights include:
 2 November: Festival launch including Faces of Mandurah photographic portraiture exhibition on Mandurah Bridge, community picnic and film screening.
 9 November: The Wearable Art Mandurah Bridge Walk will feature West Australian Opera and community choirs accompanied by a showcase of some of the 2019 competition’s garments at Dalrymple Park.
 9 and 10 November: Enticing and magical, visit the Rogue Forest in Tuckey Lane to experience the beauty of an urban space, transformed with native flora, songs, stories and workshops that will green your day and inspire you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head.
 16 November: The annual Tiny Treasures Christmas Artists’ Sale opens at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), showcasing 36 local artisans. Come along to view unique, handcrafted artworks ready for immediate sale and gifting under the Christmas tree.
 16 November: The inaugural TAKE1 Youth Screen Festival will culminate with a gala screening of selected short films created by 15-25 year olds on the last weekend of the festival.
 16 and 17 November: Musical Fruit, presented by Make Smoking History, will feature the best of our home-grown musical talent over two afternoons at Keith Holmes Reserve.
 17 November: The CASM Carpark Artists’ Market is a great opportunity to pick up a Christmas gift, or just browse the art stalls and check out the CASM gallery. Kick back to mellow tunes from local acoustic performers, watch live demonstrations and enjoy a hot coffee and local nibbles.
 2-17 November: Peel Open Studios - 35 artists will open their studio doors during the festival. A great morning or afternoon out with family and friends, couple it with a snack or meal at one of Mandurah’s eateries.

For the full festival program, visit mandurahartsfestival.com.au