2019 uneARTh Festival theme revealed

We’re going to find out who we are at next year’s Whyalla uneARTh Festival


The Whyalla 2019 uneARTh Festival is going to delve into our city and our psyche to grab a glimpse of WHO we are, what we’re about and where we came from.


uneARTh is going to take us on a journey of self-reflection through art and performance as the theme of “identity” runs through the Easter festival.


And WHO could forget what is going to be an even bigger uneARTh schedule where music, performers, art, activities, events, stall-holders, food, refreshments and stacks of other cleverfull stuff will feature.


The identity theme was revealed at an info session this week at the Middleback Arts Centre where we found out WHO the 2019 uneARTh Festival organising committee is. Festival Co-ordinator Cara Hume hosted the event where the organising committee touched base with a nearly 50 performers and stall-holders WHO are keen to get on-board.


“The programming for Whyalla 2019 uneARTh is still in the early stages and we want as much community input so we can reflect Whyalla’s identity at this festival,” Cara said.


“We’re gonna uneARTh some amazing stuff many people didn’t know about Whyalla and our community, people and history.


“Not only do we want to know what you want at uneARTh, we want everyone involved in the festival to tell us WHO you are, where you came from and what you’re about.”


Some of the ideas already thrown about for the festival include a photo booth where a mystery artist draws your likeness, a Camera Obscura walk-in feature that explores Whyalla’s history, a night of wine, food and cabaret and even Whyalla’s very own Archibald Prize.


The layout of the festival may even change with a food court arrangement closer to the stage and more events spread throughout the city and region.


Food culture will play an important part of 2019 festival with all food and stall-holders invited to go through a curation process to ensure there is diversity in the offerings.

Cara’s partner, and fellow expert foodie, Hadleigh Walker has also joined the organising committee and will be talking to every stall-holder about the best way to present themselves at uneARTh for the best possible exposure and trade.


WHO doesn’t like chips but we want to make sure people have a variety to choose from,” Hadleigh said.


“We’re here to help foodies and stall-holders to find out what their unique identity is going to be and where they can connect with as many people as possible.


“Diversity with food and products is going to take this festival to another level.”


The festival is expected to start spreading around the city with more events, more diversity and more options for punters.


Anyone interested in being involved in the 2019 Whyalla uneARTh Festival as an entertainer, artist, stall-holder or sponsor can contact Cara direct  at unearthfestival@whyalla.sa.gov.au or phone 0419 561 351.


Whyalla 2019 uneARTh Festival will be held over the Easter long weekend in the Ada Ryan Gardens. You can follow the festival preparations at www.facebook.com/uneARThFestival/ and www.whyalla.com

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