Saturday, 3 June 2023

Fairfax Festival has stories to tell

The 2018 Swan Hill Fairfax Youth Initiative kicks off this Monday – and you’re invited to be part of it.

PROUD + DEADLY will open the festival with a night of Aboriginal storytelling, comedy, dance, song and a traditional smoking ceremony. Australia’s premier Aboriginal comedy star Kevin Kropinyeri will be MC and 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards New Talent of the Year winner, rapper Philly, will perform.

Fairfax Artistic Director Bryce Ives said PROUD + DEADLY would be a special event to acknowledge the many Aboriginal communities across our region.

“This year’s theme for Fairfax is ‘We become the stories we tell’,” Mr Ives said.

“And storytelling in this region is central to all First Nations’ people, including the Latji Latji, Tati Tati, Wamba Wamba, Barapa Barapa and the Wadi Wadi clans.”

After the opening event, young and emerging artists from regional and remote areas will spend three days working alongside professional artists to develop their skills and create professional quality theatre centred around the theme.

These performance works will be premiered at the gala on Thursday, 20 September.

“We would love the community to come along and support these young artists and the invaluable contribution they are making to the rich cultural, social and creative tapestry of the Swan Hill region,” Mr Ives said.

“Every culture has thrived and survived through storytelling and this year we want to surprise each other, and you, with the rich stories and narratives that might otherwise go untold but that are distinctly Swan Hill.”

Both events are free and all open to all community members.

Schools involved this year’s festival include Tooleybuc Central School, Manangatang P-12, St Mary MacKillop College, Red Cliffs Secondary College and Tyrrell College.

Two singing events will also part of Fairfax this year – a free concert from the Word of Mouth choir at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery on Tuesday at 1pm, and a pop-up community choir on Tuesday from 6pm that everyone is invited to sing with.


Where: Swan Hill Town Hall
When: Monday, 17 September – 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start
 For: Open to all members of the community
 Cost: Free
What: In Full Voice – community pop-up choir
Where: Swan Hill Town Hall
When: Tuesday, 18 September from 6pm to 9pm
 For: Ages 8 to 80+ (children must be accompanied by an adult for duration)
 Cost: Free – Register your interest via the Facebook event
What: Word of Mouth – lunch time concert
Where: Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
When: Tuesday, 18 September from 1pm to 2pm
 For: Open to all members of the community
 Cost: Free
What: Fairfax Gala
Where: Swan Hill Town Hall
When: Thursday, 20 September – 7pm
 For: Open to all members of the community
 Cost: Free
This post has been syndicated from the Swan Hill Rural City Council website and was correct at the time of posting. Read the original post here: Fairfax Festival has stories to tell

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