See fes­ti­val art be­fore the event be­gins

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It’s no se­cret that fes­ti­vals like Tocumwal’s Straw­berry Fields pro­vide pa­trons with the unique op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with the arts and dis­cover a sense of iden­tity, mean­ing and so­cial in­te­gra­tion.

Be­fore an es­ti­mated 8000 peo­ple de­scend on the town for the Novem­ber 16 to 18 arts and mu­sic fes­ti­val, some of the artists in­volved in it will show­case their vi­sion for the fes­ti­val at a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion in Tocumwal.

It opens this Sun­day, and will also be open for the fol­low­ing three Satur­days.

SFF di­rec­tor Billy Staughton said part of the fes­ti­val’s vi­sion is to con­tinue to sup­port and in­te­grate broader com­mu­ni­ties in a va­ri­ety of ways to sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic and so­cial well-be­ing of res­i­dents.

The Ret­ro­spec­tive Ex­hi­bi­tion, which helps mark the fes­ti­val’s 10th an­niver­sary, has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Monash Uni­ver­sity, Mel­bourne.

‘‘This year we’ve em­barked on a very ex­cit­ing project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Monash’s Caulfield cam­pus, in­volv­ing 19 ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents who will this Sun­day ex­hibit an im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­tural col­lec­tion at the Tocumwal War Memo­rial Hall,’’ Mr Staughton said.

‘‘The aim is to give lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers the chance to par­tic­i­pate and in­te­grate with our fes­ti­val, by us bring­ing the fes­ti­val into the town to show that we are in fact a com­mu­nity arts and lifestyle fes­ti­val.’’

Monash ar­chi­tec­ture tu­tor Marie Le Touze said stu­dents have worked tire­lessly for the past three months, metic­u­lously de­sign­ing seven struc­tures that they will build on site at the hall this Fri­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion’s grand open­ing kicks off at 6pm Sun­day and is open to ev­ery­one. The ex­hi­bi­tion will then be open to the pub­lic from 10am to 5pm on the three fol­low­ing Satur­days.

‘‘Af­ter the hall ex­hi­bi­tion, stu­dents will pack it down and trans­port to the fes­ti­val site where it will be dis­played as part of a larger ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop space for pa­trons to en­joy,’’ Ms Le Touze said.

‘‘Made out of card­board, the sus­tain­able pieces in­clude a video dome, ex­ter­nal walls, coun­ters, en­try stage and hun­dreds of pho­tos cap­tur­ing a decade of Straw­berry Fields mo­ments.’’ 9 d Nor­folk: Foun­da­tion Day: Feb 28 (no pass­port) ........ $4,045 17 d New Zealand: Mar 12 ............................................. $5,793 14 d Japan Cherry Blos­soms: 14 d South­ern Italy & Si­cily: 16 d Jewels of Alaska: Mar 22............................ $7,220 Jun 11............................... $4,550 Aug 25 ....................................... $6,445

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