Stretch Arts Festival puts creative talents on show

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The Stretch Arts Festival’s main weekend will take centre stage in Mandurah this weekend, May 5 and 6, and everyone is invited to immerse themselves in creativity and all things arty.

The festival’s busiest weekend provides free art, music, food, markets, performances and outdoor events over two days for the whole family to experience.

The City of Mandurah and community partners are working hard on putting this memorable festival together, with a huge range of arts and cultural experiences planned to capture, delight and engage with a wide and diverse audience.

There will be so much to see and do on festival weekend, including:

  • Stretch Hydrodome Sound Project – This multi-sensory artwork has called on the community to share their sounds of Mandurah’s much-loved aquatic lifestyle. Through movement, sound collection and films, project partners have created a cutting-edge 360 degree film, together with a watery soundscape and dance, showcased in two projection domes.
  • String Symphony – in association with the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, a giant illuminated puppet is waiting to come to life. String Symphony is a large-scale, interactive performance that uses puppetry to explore connection, community and collaboration. The puppet has been handwoven using more than one kilometre of rope!
  • Trickle to Torrent parade – Join this collective sound experience, turning the sound of a trickle into a torrent. Bring your phone and portable speaker to turn the sound of a drop of water into a waterfall!

Mayor Rhys Williams said Mandurah will once again showcase its emerging story of cultural enrichment, regeneration and proud community spirit during the 2018 Stretch Arts Festival.

“This year’s Stretch program offers a beautiful array of culture, creativity and mind-stretching experiences,” he said.

“We invite you to share in the celebrations with us, to reflect with us, and to join us on our journey of creative self-discovery as we shape this new chapter for our city together.”

Stretch is Mandurah’s premier arts festival which aims to promote, nurture and celebrate the talent and works of established and emerging artists in the local area.

There will be a number of amazing musical performances over the weekend across two stages and pop-up spaces, including established WA artists Tracey Barnett, Carla Geneve and the John Read Trio. Local emerging talent Danny Bau, Jasmine Atkins and Navana will also be performing.

During the weekend there are many other ways to join the buzz, including The Big Draw, Perth Makers Market, youth activities, a Cosplay Tea Party and many other attractions and workshops across Mandurah’s cultural precinct.

Feeling hungry? The Mandurah Boardwalk Markets will have gourmet food areas and local food trucks.

View the program at mandurah.wa.gov.au/stretch for more information.

The Stretch Arts Festival’s sponsors and partners include Healthway - Act-Belong-Commit, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Reading Cinemas, Mandurah Cruises, Seashells Hospitality Group and Mandurah Holiday Rentals.