The opening of the 2018 Act-Belong-Commit York Festival is near. Grab a pen and your calendar and make some plans now so you don't miss out!
The Festival program offers ~60 amazing events that will attract thousands of people to York, WA's first inland town over September and October. For event details, check in here.
A special highlight this year is the creation of three giant straw sculptures by Japanese artist Akira Moriya who will create spectacular representations of endangered Australian fauna.
Japanese Wara Art is a spectacular example of a highly creative use of straw. Wara (rice straw) Art was developed as a way of finding a creative use of the excess straw leftover at the end of the rice harvest. Once used to make things like tatami mats, rice straw has been replaced by modern synthetic materials, leaving farmers with an abundance of straw. The resulting sculptures spawned a new art practice and Wara Art Festivals are now held each year throughout Japan.
For the first time, Wara Art is leaving Asia and coming to York where we will create our own spectacular straw sculptures. Akira Moriya, a veteran of around twenty wara art sculptures, will be travelling to York to oversee the construction of three representations of endangered Australian fauna, made using locally sourced wheat straw.
The straw sculptures will be installed throughout York’s town centre and The York Festival extends an invitation to artists and anyone interested in volunteering to help in their construction.
Other event highlights include walking tours, Artitja Fine Art’s Spring Salon, performance of Moominpappa at Sea presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, silent disco, Cosplay + Croquet, popup skate park, human foosball, giant scrabble, live music and heaps more!
For further information, head to the festival website.