The much-loved Cementa festival returns this Autumn with another stellar program of contemporary arts, including performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics!
Held from 6th to 9th April 2017, Cementa presents the work of more than 60 artists at the vanguard of Australia's creative community and artist collectives - showcasing artists Tony Albert, Mervyn Bishop, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Teena McCarthy, Nicole Welch, Miriam Williamson & Brad Allen-Waters, John A Douglas, Paris Norton, Linda Brescia, The Mumps, PYT Fairfield, The Twilight Girls, Super Critical Mass, A Galaxy of Suns and a whole lot more. Even Artbank are bringing their roadshow to town!
The Cementa festival transforms inside and outside spaces, domestic, retail & historic dwellings into hubs of creative inspiration. It offers new ways for visitors to re-discover these town sites, contemplate Australian contemporary art and learn about a tiny town and its place in Central West NSW.
The quaint regional town of Kandos is just over 3 hours drive west of Sydney and this year's festival program will take place in 20 exciting venues. Against the backdrop of Kandos' picture perfect views, artists will make, exhibit and perform their work. Artworks and performances will pop-up in shop-fronts, cafes, on the streets, at the famous Kandos Museum, the local nursery, in parks, paddocks, garages, cars, backyards, the tennis courts, a golf club, the CWA, community halls, church yards and so much more.
Artists are invited to stay in Kandos on a residency in the lead up to the festival event. This opportunity provides engagement with local residents and time to explore the town, discover its important history in relation to the urban development of Sydney and visit the natural environment of Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) in nearby Wollemi National Park.
Kandos was founded 100 years ago to house the work force of the Kandos Cement Works. Over its history, cement from Kandos has built the Harbour Bridge and much of the city of Sydney. In 2012 the cement works closed, leaving the town without a defining industry and an opportunity for transformation. The team behind the Cementa festival (three locals who live and work in the region) believe that the presence of this industrial heritage in the rural heartland of NSW provides an ideal context for the demonstration of contemporary art's capacity to describe, engage, critique and celebrate both the world and our living in it.
Cementa 17 is a free, family-friendly event. All are welcome to head down for a day trip or extend their stay and immerse themselves in the creative spirit of this fascinating arts festival. It's sure to surprise and delight all ages! Bookings may apply for some events. For more information on the festival program and to plan your visit, please visit www.cementa.com.au