‘Quite ex­traor­di­nary’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Front Page - BY LOTTE REITER

Agiant bam­boo struc­ture is one of many projects in the pipe­line for the Nati Frinj Bi­en­nale.

The fes­ti­val, from Novem­ber 1 to 3, is a cel­e­bra­tion of Na­timuk’s cul­tural of­fer­ings and in­vited artists.

Event di­rec­tor Han­nah French said the 2019 fes­ti­val would fea­ture a pro­gram that was ‘quite ex­traor­di­nary’.

She said a be­spoke bam­boo the­atre, roughly mea­sur­ing 45-me­tres long, 30-me­tres wide and 16-me­tres high, would be a cen­tre­piece project act­ing as the home for the­atre, aerial and play en­gage­ments.

“The bam­boo struc­ture, ‘Sty­ckx The­atre’, is the big­gest project for the fes­ti­val and will host a com­mu­nity aerial and dance per­for­mance called ‘Play­ground’,” she said.

“It is an orig­i­nal de­sign of the late Si­mon Bar­ley who founded Bam­buco.

“His bam­boo struc­tures ap­peared at fes­ti­vals in coun­tries around the world, and this is def­i­nitely hon­our­ing his work and legacy.

“It also co­in­cides with the launch of Aus­pi­cious Arts’ ar­chive of the com­pany’s

work. As part of this, there will be an ex­hi­bi­tion of Si­mon’s ma­que­ttes on dis­play.”

Ms French said the fes­ti­val would be the launch­ing plat­form for sev­eral other re­gional projects, in­clud­ing Arapiles His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Climb­ing Mu­seum.

So­ci­ety mem­ber and avid rock climber Keith Lockwood said the mu­seum, which had been ‘talked about for a while’, would show­case more than half a cen­tury of his­tory.

He said the mu­seum would be­come part of the so­ci­ety’s his­tor­i­cal precinct in Main Street, Na­timuk.

“It was 1963 when climbers started com­ing to Arapiles, so we have quite a bit of his­tory in just this one place to show­case,” he said.

“This is some­thing that has been talked about for a while and was orig­i­nally go­ing to be just a mi­nor dis­play, but that didn’t even­tu­ate.

“Now it de­pends on when restora­tion works can be com­pleted, but we aim to open dur­ing the Frinj. We have had a lot of favourable re­sponses and do­nated equipment from here to Perth.”

Ms French said the fes­ti­val would also in­clude in­ti­mate per­for­mances from Wim­mera Women’s Cir­cus, an ex­hi­bi­tion by botan­i­cal print­maker Janet Peter­son, and the pre­miere of a new compositio­n by Aus­tralian com­poser Ray How­ell ti­tled Bee-sharp Honey­bee.

“The Na­timuk Si­los will be used as a sur­face for an­i­ma­tion and a live hive pro­jec­tion, ac­com­pa­nied by a 12-piece string orches­tra,” she said.

“They’ll per­form a new piece based on the rhythm pat­terns of hon­ey­bees.”

Ms French said the fes­ti­val was a cel­e­bra­tion of a cul­tur­ally en­gaged com­mu­nity, which of­fered more than just eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Ob­vi­ously the fes­ti­val sup­ports lo­cal busi­nesses, but it is also an op­por­tu­nity for other fes­ti­vals to look at what Na­timuk is do­ing and think be­yond the ideas of tra­di­tional the­atres,” she said.

“This is be­cause Nati Frinj is about us­ing those dif­fer­ent spa­ces in cre­ative ways.

“The fes­ti­val’s phi­los­o­phy is based on a cel­e­bra­tion of the cul­tural ca­pac­ity and cre­ative peo­ple of Na­timuk.

“It is a fes­ti­val by and for the peo­ple of Na­timuk.”

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