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Celebrating the art, food, wine & heritage of the region
Hill End, the historic gold rush town, will come alive once again with a free festival of arts, music, food, wine and beer.
The two day festival, The End - Hill End's Festival of Arts, Feasting and Heritage, will be presented by NSW Parks and Wildlife over the Anzac Day long weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016.
If you haven't yet visited Hill End this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Located in the central west of New South Wales, Hill End is around 77km from Bathurst (via Turondale) and around 72 km from Mudgee. It was proclaimed an historic site in 1967 and is now looked after by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Hill End is known as a well-preserved and fascinating former gold-mining town and artists' colony. You can read more about the Hill End Historic Site by clicking here.
There is a full program of activities and performances during the festival including:
The "Artists From The End" Exhibition presents works by fifteen contemporary artists from Hill End. The exhibition has been curated by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in collaboration with the Hill End Arts Council. This exhibition will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Field of Orbs by Peter Solness (Image Credit: Peter Solness)
On Saturday evening you are invited to take part in a unique experience titled Field of Orbs by Peter Solness. In this interactive art installation you can become part of the action as you and many others swing a light orb that is photographed to create an effect known as "light painting" . Alternatively you can participate by capturing the image on an SLR camera (it doesn't work with an Iphone). Field of Orbs is scheduled for 5.30pm on Saturday 23rd April.
Another exhibition, titled Hill End in Focus, will be held at Jean Bellette Gallery within the Hill End Visitor Centre. Here you can see video works spanning two decades by artists who have been part of the Hill End Artists in Residence Program.
Talented musicians from Bathurst, Orange, the Blue Mountains and further afield will perform in a variety of styles at the festival. They will include Smith & Jones, Perch Creek, The Plough and the Sweet Jelly Rolls to name just a few. Head to The Golden Age Stage to enjoy the live music from 12 noon until 9pm on Saturday and from 11am - 4pm on Sunday. There will also be a talent quest variety show called "Digging for Gold" on Saturday at 4pm, hosted by Rusty Nails.
Food, Beer & Wine
In The Golden Age Garden, while you listen to the music, you can sample craft beer and wine from the Mudgee, Orange and Bathurst regions as well as food from the region ranging from Southern American BBQ , wood-fired pizza and ice-cream.
Stop by the Moubar Vintage pop up to sample some local flavours (Image Credit: Moubar Vintage)
There will also be a pop-up restaurant and wine bar by Bathurst-based Moubar Vintage where you can enjoy local food and cheese along with Bathurst wine, beer, cider and cocktails.
In the Royal Hall there will be an artisan market with local designers and craft stalls including textiles, ceramics, jewellery and art.
Children can check out the Little Nuggets Play Ground, featuring Mr Fishface's Marvellous Puppet Circus, circus workshops and vintage games.
Of course throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to explore the historic buildings of Hill End with an Historic Village Tour and through viewing the video footage of the Holtermann Photographic collection. You can register for a tour at the Great Western Store.
Explore the historic buildings or view the Holtermann Collection photographs
There is no better time to visit Hill End this year than the Anzac Day long weekend, when you can enjoy all of the items of The End Festival program and to experience the historic site of Hill End coming alive once again.