Arts Festival 2013

ArtThe RLI Arts Festival is happening again this year and promises to be a spectacular weekend full of fun, art and community.

With the Opening Night of Lights occurring from 6pm on Friday 15 November, The RLI will be awash with the colours of underwater lights, rippling in slow, breathing cascades across the surface of the building, replicating The RLI as if in a mote and as if all possibilities are shimmering from within this 'Castle of Ideas'. There'll also be an exciting performance bt Dance Chora who specialise in all disciplines of dance and have a full Confectionery of Energy!

The Bruce Walsh Hall will be exhibiting the amazing art of the entrants in the Better Book Covers Competition. Displaying some of the most talented and imaginative reinterpretations of book covers, this fun art experience isn't just humourous, but is also saturated with tongue-in-cheek satire and incredible artistic talent.  

For more information on how to enter the Better Book Covers Competition / Exhibition, go to the next page, Better Book Covers.

In the Main Hall, there'll be an easel-based exhibition by members of the Randwick Art Society and over the course of the weekend, local artist, John Pinto will be painting a mural on the backstage wall, depicting a moment in local history.  Everyone is invited to come along and witness this art in action event that promises to become a moment in history itself.

In The Sands, there'll be a wonderful hung exhibition and also free-standing easels holding larger art works in the centre of the space. Throughout the weekend, independent artists will be demonstrating how they achieve particular effects by holding painting demonstrations at the top end of The Sands and they welcome everyone to come along and be interested.

In The Blue Room there'll be an easel-based exhibition of work by both the Randwick Art Society and other local independent artists.  Much of the work in this space will be comprised of larger pieces and will enable the viewer to be able to walk throughout the art as if in an imaginary world.

And in the Secret Garden there'll be a garden party marquee, full of crafts including magical lamps, jewelery, quilts and glasswares, all of which are handmade locally.

We're also showcasing some wonderful performances by Tutu Studios on Saturday morning at 9.30am in The Sands.   Come along and see these beautiful, tiny ballerinas dance away the morning. Then at 12pm, come along downstairs to join the Uke East Ukulele band with their fun, tropical reportoire of music and songs, guaranteed to make your heart sing. At 1pm, we'll be holding a fun BBQ / Sausage Sizzle in the Secret Garden and everyone is welcome. Later that afternoon there'll be very special Dedication to our Beautiful Chinese Elm tree, the feature tree in the Secret Garden, that was planted two days after the laying of the buildings foundation stone and meant to honour the hardworking Chinese migrants of the last century.

On Sunday, there'll be roving minstrels amid all of the art work throughout the building, Sunday Devonshire Teas and in the afternoon, another exciting and crowd-pleasing performance by Dance Chora along with live music to spice up a sunny art-filled festival weekend.

So remember, it all kicks off on Friday night with the Night of Lights Opening Night from 6pm on 15 November then on Saturday 16 November and Sunday 17 November from 9am - 4pm, a full weekend of fun, festival art events!