BAM­BOO DUO:

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Am­ber Schel­lens, left, and Yuma Dea­con ex­plore a bam­boo struc­ture dur­ing a Sty­ckx The­atre Play­ground com­mu­nity work­shop in Na­timuk. The work­shops have been part of a lead-up to Nati Frinj Bi­en­nale next month. Frinj or­gan­is­ers will of­fi­cially launch an events pro­gram on Mon­day.

Or­gan­is­ers pre­par­ing for Nati Frinj Bi­en­nale fes­ti­val will of­fi­cially launch their pro­gram of events on Mon­day.

They are invit­ing the com­mu­nity to launch cel­e­bra­tions at Nc2 at 62 Main Street Na­timuk at 7pm.

Nati Frinj, which ex­plores and pro­motes the rich artistry and cre­ative tal­ent of the re­gion, runs from Novem­ber 1 to 3 in Na­timuk.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Hanna French said this year’s fes­ti­val would again live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

“This year the fes­ti­val pro­gram is burst­ing with the eclec­tic mix of art, mu­sic and new ex­pe­ri­ences that this small fes­ti­val is well known for,” she said.

“The Nati Frinj Bi­en­nale has been run­ning in Na­timuk since 2000 and has be­come recog­nised as a fes­ti­val that de­liv­ers in­no­va­tive and out­stand­ing art ex­pe­ri­ences for au­di­ences from across Aus­tralia.”

Ms French said this year’s fes­ti­val would fea­ture a mix of new works and old fes­ti­val favourites.

“From the in­cred­i­ble Sty­ckx The­atre Play­ground, pre­sented in a huge spe­cially de­signed bam­boo struc­ture, and Bee-sharp Hon­ey­bee show on the si­los, to the The Great Na­timuk Clothes Swap and Silent Disco Walk­ing Tour, Nati Frinj show­cases the works of lo­cal and in­vited artists to the wider com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The Nati Frinj is a fes­ti­val that de­liv­ers some­thing for ev­ery­one and cel­e­brates the cre­ative heart of this ex­tra­or­di­nary place.”

Ms French said the fes­ti­val would in­clude a broad mix of at­trac­tions from fam­ily-friendly shows such as Sid Se­cret – The Spy with­out a Clue and Sto­ry­time at The Thing, to the Gin Palace for a late-night so­journ ‘into the world of cock­tails for night owls’.

There is also a dance ex­trav­a­ganza with the Real Hot Bitches 80s Dance Troupe and other pro­gram high­lights in­clude the build­ing of an Earth Oven – Djagua Rar­kee – by Ron Marks, Af­ter­noon Pick Me Up with The Wim­mera Women’s Cir­cus and the show­ing of a new work in the mak­ing by Mel­bourne-based Black Hole The­atre, called Vault.

“The af­fec­tion­ately known ‘Frinj’ of­fers a range of art ex­pe­ri­ences across the fes­ti­val week­end,” Ms French said.

On­line book­ings for tick­eted events will go on sale from 9am at www.nat­ifrinj.com.

A full dig­i­tal pro­gram is avail­able at visit nat­ifrinj.com.

“This year the fes­ti­val pro­gram is burst­ing with the eclec­tic mix of art, mu­sic and new ex­pe­ri­ences that this small fes­ti­val is well known for – Hanna French

CRE­ATIVE STRUC­TURES: Anna-veronique L’hoost shows off what’s pos­si­ble dur­ing a Sty­ckx The­atre Play­ground Com­mu­nity work­shop in Na­timuk as part of Nati Frinj Bi­en­nale. Work­shops en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in a va­ri­ety of el­e­ments in­volved with bam­boo con­struc­tions have been run­ning since mid-septem­ber. The play­ground project will cul­mi­nate with a bam­boo the­atre show per­formed by the Na­timuk dis­trict com­mu­nity at the fes­ti­val. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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