I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Initially, the Corinbank Music and Arts Festival was supposed to be held in March. Torrential rain at the festival site ruined that plan. But now Corinbank is back with new dates that will see the event take place pretty soon. The three day celebration will begin on Friday November 30, with gates opening at 12.00pm and the festival starting at 4.00pm (arrive early to avoid traffic). It will end at 8.00pm on Sunday December 2.
What to do The Corinbank Festival is family-friendly and offers a mix of music and arts, with a heavy emphasis on sustainability and community development too. There will be some great Australian bands performing, with a full list found here. There will also be many art installations to discover around the venue, all the work of visual and interactive artists.
You will find that a number of performing arts events will be taking place every day (even more artists are participating than was originally planned for the March event). On Friday you can see a poetry slam at The Bally and afterwards enjoy a late night sideshow. The Oddhouse will offer a unique experience, with 30 second shows played to only a couple of audience members.
On Saturday you can watch (or perhaps participate in) the Miss Corinbank 2012 beauty pageant (which is exclusively for amateur drag queens) or watch burlesque or circus shows. Sunday's events include another circus show and the Artists Speed Dating event. Whatever day it is, make sure you look out for the festival's many roving entertainers, which include a belly dance troupe, a brass band, a circus and kids' entertainment.
At the Green Kulture Village you will have the opportunity to learn how you can lead a sustainable lifestyle. The village will host workshops from the Canberra Environment Centre, The Australian National University Environment Collective and SEE-Change. If you've got kids, DanceKids is suitable for all ages. It teaches scientific concepts through dance and other physical activities. There will also be stalls from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Yepgot (which helps people lend things to others who live locally), Slow Food and Canberra Loves 40% (which focuses on a 40% emissions reduction target for 2020).
Speaking at the village during the Corinbank Festival will be Simon Sheikh, who is a campaigner for a more progressive Australia and was formerly the National Director for Getup!. Anna Rose, co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and a former Environment Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year, will also give a talk.
Last on the list of activities are the Creative Camps, which will mostly take place on Saturday and Sunday. Here you can learn to juggle, learn about beer (and get some for free - a bonus since you can't bring your own to the festival), as well as play games, write a letter or listen to stories being read like you did at primary school. There will be some camps specifically for kids, like Corinkids, which will run from 8.30am to 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets Both single day passes or tickets for the entire Corinbank Festival are available, with a full list of options and prices found here. If you just want to attend on Friday, your pass will cost $39. A Saturday pass costs $79 and a Sunday pass $69.
The price of a ticket for entire festival varies depending on how close to the event you are purchasing it. At the moment, third release tickets are available and these cost $149. If you miss these, final release tickets will cost you $180. These prices apply to everyone 16 years and older. If you're bringing kids under this age (they can't come alone - all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) then they will cost only $5. Booking fees apply to all tickets.
Camping If you pay for all three days, you can camp at the site for free. Caravans and camping trailers are not allowed, but camper-vans are. If you bring a tent, try and make it small, as you may have to walk up to 300 metres to your destination, depending on what time you get there. While camping you will have access to hot showers and toilets. You should fee pretty safe here too - the Corinbank Festival will be patrolled by a security team at all times and there will also be first aid assistance available, which will be clearly visible.
Getting there You will find the festival in the Brindabella Mountains, only 40 minutes drive from Canberra's city centre and 20 minutes drive from the city's southern suburbs. It is located on Corin Dam Road (on Tourist Drive 5). You can find a map of the route to the festival here.
The best way to get to the event (if there are still spaces available) will probably be the Corinbank Party Bus, though this method is only appropriate for those staying for the entire festival. The bus will depart from City West (near IGA on Marcus Clarke Street) at 6.00pm on Friday night and return at 8.00pm on Sunday. Not only will you not have to drive yourself, but you will also be able to enjoy the live music on board. Tickets for the bus cost $20.
If you drive, you will have to pay for parking. However, if you carpool and there are four or more people in your car, your sustainability will be rewarded in the form of Corinstore vouchers. The Corinbank Festival does, after all, focus on the environment.