Thursday 5 November

9:00am – 5:00pm

Registrations open

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Indy Theatre Forum – Regional Arts Practice In A New World

Various locations

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?’

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Artstate Opening Ceremony

Wollundry Lagoon

The Opening Ceremony for Wagga Wagga takes place in, around and on the Wollundary Lagoon, a place of deep cultural significance to the local Wiradjuri people. At the ceremony’s heart is the Wiradjuri meaning of Wagga Wagga, a place of many dances and celebrations.

An intimate ceremony combining smoke, language, dance, and song performed by community members and emerging local artists working with professional Wiradjuri artists will unfold slowly, respectfully and quietly.

Welcome to Country

Wollundry Lagoon

Formal Opening and Addresses

Wollundry Lagoon

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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