Thursday 5 November

9:00am – 5:00pm

Registrations open

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

10:00am – 1:00pm

Indy Theatre Forum – Regional Arts Practice In A New World

Romano's Hotel - Ambassador Room

Critical Stages Touring hosts a conversation and Q&A with regional arts leaders to talk about an incredible year of change. It’s a chance to unpack how artists have managed in regional NSW throughout 2020; how covid-19 has affected artistic practice, delivery, and audience development; and what the future looks like as venues open their doors. We ask, ‘what kind of future do we want and need for our work, and how can we use this period of recovery to reshape our practices in terms of sustainability and community engagement?’

Bookings for the Indy Theatre Forum will be managed by Critical Stages – BOOK HERE


2:00pm – 5:00pm

Arts On Tour

Romano's Hotel - Chandelier Room

SALON is an initiative to build relationships between NSW artists/producers and presenters: a small-scale, lo-fi conversation starter without the bells and whistles of a full-blown showcase. It is a meeting place to build relationships and start those important touring conversations. We will hear from both artists and producers as well as regional venues. Come for a cuppa, a conversation and some great networking!

SALON in Wagga will be live streamed.  Please book to receive your invitation to the stream.

For more information, visit –

Book here!

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Artstate Opening Ceremony

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Conceived by Jonathan Jones this ceremonial welcome to country and introduction to Wagga Wagga will be an immersive soundscape that calls Art State together. The welcome to country will be created with local senior Wiradjuri elders including Aunty Isabel Reid and Aunty Lorraine Tye, with Uncle Stan Grant Senior explaining the true meaning of the name Wagga Wagga. This project is a coming-together of sounds, songs and stories that will deeply connect people to country.

Welcome to Country

Formal Opening and Addresses

8:30pm – 12:00am

Artstate Arts Program

Various locations

Visit the Arts Program for available events.

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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