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Narrabri Shire Council has announced the new CREATE festival for March 2021 | Namoi Valley Independent

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NARRABRI Shire Council is launching the new CREATE festival on Saturday, March 13 2021 and is encouraging the community to get involved. The festival includes an art exhibition, however it’s not just about paintings and sculptures, it’s also about theatre, film, and workshops. The festival has been developed by a group of local artists with council’s Manager Cultural Facilities, Scott Pollock, leading the initiative. “Council has been meeting with local artists on a monthly basis for the past ten months and are really pleased with the engagement and hard work of all involved to get to this stage,” Mr Pollock said. “The success of the festival is not measured solely in the planning or organisation stages by Council and involved artists, it also requires the support of the local community. “We are calling on the Shire to get involved and support CREATE in its first year to allow for these types of events to return. If these events aren’t well supported then unfortunately they aren’t able to return.” This year the festival will include exhibitions and workshops, as well as a stage show, one documentary and two short films to enjoy. The two short films are extremely powerful and were created by Bus Stop Films, which has been in operation since 2009 teaching film studies to adults with intellectual disabilities and others from marginalised communities. They use filmmaking and the film industry to change community attitudes globally around the rights and contribution to society of and by people with disability. The highlight of the CREATE festival will be the Closing Night Party. After 16 days of celebrating, everyone will be ready to finish off with a big bang. On Saturday, 27 March 2021, with the help of live music, art and lights, The Crossing Theatre will be the place to be! Entertainment will include local band 3LPDS (Three Legged Pigdogs) as well as a special performance by, Tralala Blip, an Australian unit of differently-abled musicians hailing from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Over the past decade they have carved out a unique position in the Australian electronic music community. Read also: The Closing Night Party will be conducted in line with relevant COVID-19 guidelines and there will be limited tickets available, so book your tickets now. To help you join the celebration, The Crossing Theatre will be offering one free ticket for every two tickets purchased. The ticket price includes substantial finger food (grazing tables) and two glasses of bubbly and the bar will be open for additional purchases. The community are already coming on board to support CREATE, as its opening night, which will feature local band, Jazz Junction, has already sold out. Council encourages everyone in the community to visit the Create Festival website www.crossingtheatre.com.au/CREATE to view the full program of fantastic events that will are available to attend. With such a wide variety of options available, there are sure to be something for everyone to enjoy and support CREATE and local artists. There is also an option to purchase a ticket to attend all events – it costs $115 and includes access to all films, the stage show, and the Closing Night Party. All events and exhibitions will be conducted according to relevant COVID safety guidelines in place at the time. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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