The always popular Darlington Arts Festival returns on the first weekend of November; officially the date is 3-4 November, but really (and don't tell everyone) the doors to the Art Exhibitions open at around 7:45 pm on Friday 2 November!
The local talent showcased at the annual exhibitions get better and better with each passing year, so if you are looking to buy a piece of art, be sure to get there early!
Over the weekend, you can also enjoy an awesome music and entertainment line-up on the Main Stage and the Wine Tent will be in full swing too! You can also view the astonishing Quick Flicks movies produced by local youths (12-19).
Old favourites such as Junior Art and Youth Art, plus the highly successful Open Arts Exhibition all return in 2018 and are joined by the relatively new favourite, the DAF major prize, known as the Reserve Art Prize (RAP). Now in its third year and with a $10,000 prize up for grabs, RAP is unsurprisingly attracting some serious talent. If you are looking to invest in top-notch art, this is the place to be!
Another new favourite is Sculptures on the Scarp (think Cottesloe but among the trees). Sculptures on the Scarp is set to become an event that gets talked about for all the right reasons! The event is set on the famous Railway Heritage trail by old Darlington Station, nestled between the Nest Gallery, the old Post Office and the historic Darlington Hall. Follow the trail and don't forget to look up, down and left and right!
This year, event organisers also ran a poster competition. There were many great entries and the winning entry by artist Allie Cormack will be the centrepiece of Darlington's first outdoor mural! Best of all, the organisers would like you to come and help paint it on a wall at the tennis courts.
Allie will sketch her design 'The Maypole' onto the wall and you, your family and friends can paint some bricks and be a part of the history of the village.
As you know, there is a market all weekend as well! Enjoy the clever new layout and discover many more stalls! With so many talented artisan stallholders on site offering unique WA-made wares, it is a great place for Christmas gift shopping!
Make sure to stop by the Wellness Tent. Buy a ticket and partake in as many sessions as you like throughout the day. Learn some yoga, a bit of fitness, the latest family health and wellness tips, plus organics, sound healing, meditation ... and the list goes on.
Then it is time to head over to the wine tent and listen to some cool music. Catch the Silent Deeds or Faraday's Cage, while you watch your kids run wild on the oval or maybe they will be entranced by the roaming CirQuest acrobats or the Helen O' Grady Drama Academy. They may come back looking like a lion or a superhero though!
What I want to know is... why we don't have this festival all year round! It is so much fun!
Starting planning your Darlington Arts Festival experience today at www.darlingtonartsfestival.com. We hope to see you there!
Top Tip - leave the car at home and take the bus from Midland, it will drop you off right next to the festival!