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Visual art with a bite at the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival.
Visual art with a bite at the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival.

A LIVELY line-up of arts and cultural experiences are on the cards for this month’s 10-day Eurobodalla River of Art Festival.
“Every year we welcome more and more Canberra visitors, who come to the south coast during the festival to dive into live music, visual arts, theatre, film, literature and workshops,” says festival chair Sue Barford.
Thematically, she says, the great program will reflect the rivers, forests and sea, through textiles, crafts, jewellery, visual arts, poetry, books, song and storytelling.
There will be a trail of 22 studios and galleries open along the coast as well as art on parade in local cafes and shops, with a focus on the region’s considerable Aboriginal culture and history.
The popular wearable art fashion parade, the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Prize and the creators’ bazaar are expected to be high points.
With 99 programmed events and activities, Barford says there’s scope for a weekend visit or the whole 10 days to an event that spreads along the NSW far south coast from Durras, just north of Batemans Bay, to Wallaga Lake, in the south.
Undoubtedly, the festival is driven by the region’s diverse artistic community, but it also attracts plenty of visiting artists enticed by this annual event.
The opening night on Friday, May 20, in Moruya will feature performances by local musicians. While most events are free, workshops and some performances have limited places.

Eurobodalla River of Art Festival, Moruya and along the Eurobodalla coast, May 20-29, full program at riverofart.com.au

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