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Hahndorf Yarn Bombing & Dawdle & Doodle Days

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In October Hahndorf's Main Street come alive as budding young (and not so young) artists fill the streets and express themselves artistically as they transform the town into a living work of art.

My adventure into this strange event was to awaken early in the morning, only to discover that the night before had seen strange emergences of knitted toys hung to trees and storefronts wildly and colourfully decorated.

It's almost impossible, not to get a smile from this whimsical display of creativity.

Chalk is left in buckets all around the village and people are encouraged to pick up a stick and begin drawing anywhere they like. Women in business suits bend down - dusty hands and draw flowers and messages of peace. Children delight and men release their inner expression. Parents enjoy their lattes in peace as their children decorate the pavement.

The Dawdle and Doodle Days are created to assist the local community to unite, create and decorate their town.

Coming together in a central location to spend time with friends and family whilst joining in with free activities is perfect for people of all ages", a spokesperson for Hanhdorf was quoted.

Over 30 different businesses are involved with the Dawdle & Doodle Days. Each one providing supplies to assist your creativity. Chalk is laid out for street art, crayons, pencils, paper napkins and placemats for drawing and doodling. Everyone is encouraged to photograph their creations, post them on Facebook in possibly win some fantastic prizes.

I did some drawing here (I added the daisy picture amongst others), but did not post on Facebook, however around a month later I was delighted to see my art publicly displayed up on the site anyway.

Not just for the general public, you will also be joined by many artists including Jason Ankles, Brodie McCrossin, animator at Hahndorf Candlemaker and others.

In the still of the night, the mystery 'Colour Crew' will slide in to 'bomb' the street with a myriad of brightly coloured knitted graffiti.

Gathering momentum worldwide, this trend, involving knitters of all ages, has spread like wildfire. Crafty knitters choose fixed objects including street lights, sign posts, park benches and trees and graffiti them with their trademark yarn.

Visitors to Hahndorf are all welcome to join in the weekend of dawdling and doodling. Scribbling on napkins, butcher paper and designated areas of pavement. All businesses are encouraged to create areas in or outside their premises for their guests to get creative and join in.

A terrific family focused event with a true carnival atmosphere created through creation of dawdles and doodles.

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Why? Get creative, unleash your inner artist
Where: Hahndorf, South Australia
Cost: Free
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