That's it for another year! 10 days of amazing activities with overwhelming support from the community
UneARTh 2021 has now wrapped up and left us with full hearts, stunning artworks and wonderful memories.
After ten action packed days of magic, creative mayhem, fun, frivolity and memorable performances, Whyalla’s 2021 uneARTh festival has drawn to a close.
While covid forced the cancellation of last year’s event, this year the festival came back bigger and better than ever before with a new format and expanded program of events right across the whole city.
The fun started on Friday 19 March, with a crowd of over a thousand people helping to kick off this year’s uneARTh in spectacular style with an epic opening event of music, cabaret and diverse food and markets.
This was followed by a full week of creative and artistic endeavour with live performances, a poetry slam, short shows, roving artists, markets, live music, spectacular sand art, cinema under the stars, a Night in the Village and the creation of large-scale public artworks.
UneARTh wrapped up with a packed weekend of events and a cracker day of fun and entertainment for the whole family with Whyalla rolling out perfect weather for a main street party with shops, food, stalls and music.
The kids got to sing-along, dance-along and pop-palooza for little people with 80’s Baby and Why Wiggle.
The Bait Fridge, a multidisciplinary collective of hooligans, brought the space alive through a spontaneous combustion of colour, sound and movement.
And for two days the old Girl Guide Hall transformed into an extravaganza of circus, comedy and music with Luckysam’s Fringe Family Favourites, featuring a rolling cast of shows from award winning, absolute stand-out acts.
People wandered between the Hall and the beautiful green lawns of Jessop-White Park, resplendent as an outdoor market.
And at the Middleback Arts Centre there was as veritable smorgasbord of shows and performances for young and old alike.
Friday night duo Amelia Ryan and Libby O'Donovan took to the stage for a loud, proud, racuous celebration of original Australian Pop & Rock Divas, followed by a hilarious cabaret romp with Leather Lungs. While Saturday offered three shows - The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Kevin Kropinyerie goes Walkabout and Helpless – the Songs of Neil Young.
Deb Hughes, Council’s Arts & Cultural Officer and uneARTh organiser, thanked the community for their enthusiastic support of the Festival.
“The standout element of this year’s format is the diversity in types of performances and the inimitable experiences that have been offered such as visual arts, concerts, workshops with the kids or even immersive, end of the world theatre.
“It was such a diverse offering – for example last Saturday you could attend a poetry slam at the library and then later in the day there was a heavy metal concert at the skatepark.
“There really was something for absolutely everyone, with the uniqueness of the events drawing different crowds and demographics to the respective performances” Ms Hughes said.
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