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Choirs and singing groups throughout Sunraysia are preparing for a wonderful day of chorus on Sunday 15th March, the final day of the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival.
Groups have been invited to prepare a 40 minute program of their finest and favourite songs to perform at selected live acoustic venues in Wentworth. A staggered program of short concerts will mean songs will be 'in the air' all afternoon and into the evening. Patrons will be inspired by the sounds of collective voices with potential to walk from one venue to another. The event will offer visitors a rich experience of styles and repertoire, sampling the sights and delights of historic Wentworth on the way.
This joyful day of song will conclude at 7.30pm in the Wentworth Town Hall when all choirs will come together for a massed singing finalé. This event was presented in 2014 for the first time, with a song written specifically for and about Wentworth by singer songwriter Fay White. Fay's song celebrates the past and present of our two great rivers the Murray and Darling and their joining at Wentworth, with a hope for their sustenance into the future. The 2015 event has been built on the success of last years day of song.
9.00am    Choral Service @ Anglican Church
1.00pm    Rio Vista Social Club – ukuleles plus @ Artback Gallery and Café
                 Women in Harmony – a capella harmonies                
2.00pm    Sunraysia Community Choir – big choir sound @ Wentworth Town Hall
                 Burundi African Choir – songs from Africa    
3.00pm    St Singers – young women with truly authentic songs @ St Francis Xavier Catholic         
                 Chinese Choir – songs from the Chinese church community        
4.00pm    Musicality – songs with flair accompanied by jaunty ukes @ Wentworth Uniting    
                 Church Hall
                 CWA Choir 
                 Dominic Chorale                             
5.00pm   “Hear those Children Sing!” (supplemented by women) @ Wentworth Town Hall
                 Sacred Heart Primary School @ Wentworth Primary School
6.00pm    Darryl Exhibition opening @ Artback Gallery and Café
                 Singalong session led by Merrilyn Air and friends            
7.30pm   Big Sing combined choirs conducted by Fay White Wentworth Town Hall
                with items from Gol Gol PS choir                
9.00pm   Kickback with informal singing session with Fay White @ Artback Gallery and Café
Fay has been an artist in residence for many community arts projects, writing songs that tell the stories of people and place, and gathering choirs together to sing of their country, their history and their hopes. Best known was the song Cycle for the Grampians-Gariwerd, following their devastating fires in January 2006.  
"I'm really looking forward to meeting the singers and choir leaders, because when people get together to sing, there's a kind of mass magic that is more than the sum of the parts. It is so energising! And fun. I'm also delighted to have this opportunity to write a song for our two most important and beautiful rivers." - Fay White
Fay has sent music ahead of time for choirs to become familiar with the songs and she will be staying in the district in the week leading up to the festival in order to rehearse for the big day. Singers who are not currently in a choir can join in the week of rehearsals and be part of the concert finalé. Any individual singers who would like to be involved can register with Fay via email to
Walk Wentworth Sing is a FREE event. For further details and to see the full festival program, please visit or call Arts Mildura on 5022 9542.


In collaboration with Writers Victoria, Arts Mildura is proud to bring acclaimed writer and editor Duncan Graham to Mildura for a storytelling masterclass at the Mildura Brewery
In a world that is saturated by stories, why would we look locally? Richard Flanagan’s work is one example of looking at the personal and local for inspiration. He is part of long tradition of writers who risked looking into the details of what’s closest to hand. But what are we looking for? And what makes a story worth telling? How do you take a risk? This Masterclass will invite the hardest questions of storytelling and is suitable for journalists, poets, playwrights, and fiction and non-fiction writers. 
Duncan has First Class Honours in Medical Anthropology and Philosophy (University of Adelaide). He graduated from Adelaide Centre of the Arts as an actor in 2003. Since then he has performed, written and directed work for some of the major theatre companies in Australia, including Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse, State Theatre Company of SA. His play, 'Dreams in White', which opened at Griffin Theatre in 2013 and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award.
The workshop will take place at the Mildura Brewery Theatre Club 20 Langtree Avenue from 10am – 4pm, Saturday 14 March. Learning Outcomes for participants will cover what is story? , What is risk taking in storytelling?, Where does story come from?, Where’s the drama?  and Why this story?  
Duncan’s tour is presented in partnership with Writers Victoria, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.
Members of Writers Victoria or Arts Mildura: $80, Concession member of WV or Arts Mildura $70, Non-member $120. Places are strictly limited to twelve people with bookings essential via Writers Victoria.
Pick up a program from the Arts Mildura office, 41 Deakin Avenue or visit the website: 
9 - 14 MARCH


The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) returns to Mildura in 2015, in partnership with the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Mildura Rural City Council and Deakin Cinema, for Big Screen Pop Up –new and classic films screening indoors and outdoors from March 9 - 14. 
Big Screen Pop Up begins with Opening Night on Monday March 9 at the Homestead Lawns with The Water Diviner, starring and directed by Russell Crowe. In this year of the Anzac Centenary, experience this moving film outdoors and under the stars. An Australian farmer and father travels to Turkey after Gallipoli on a journey of hope to discover the fate of his sons. This epic drama takes us from the Australian outback to war ravaged Turkey and presents a very personal perspective on a national story of courage, conflict and sacrifice. 
Also screening with The Water Diviner and all outdoor sessions, will be the NFSA-produced trailers The Spirit of ANZAC, which use archival images and footage to trace the journey from pre-war Australia, through the call to arms and enlistment to the Gallipoli campaign and the impact on the home front. With a voice over by Bryan Brown, these evocative shorts will touch your heart and help us to remember the heroic Australian sacrifices of the First World War. 
Other films screening in Mildura include: The Man from Coxs River, an inspiring documentary set in the rugged wilderness of NSW; and comedy classic They’re a Weird Mob (1966), based on John O’Grady’s much loved novel (both screening under the stars at the Homestead Lawns). Screening at the Deakin Cinema on Saturday 14 March is a special family session of Babe, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, and an afternoon session of Charlie’s Country, the new film by Rolf de Heer starring (and co-written by) one of Australia’s most iconic actors, David Gulpilil.
“We’re really pleased to be back in Mildura as part of the Arts Festival and to be working with Deakin Cinema once again to bring this great program of new and classic films to the local community” said NFSA’s Creative Development Manager Brendan Smith. “The outdoor screenings especially are such a great part of the annual festival – there’s nothing quite like experiencing a film by the river under the stars on the stunning Homestead Lawns. We look forward to seeing you there.” 
Audiences are encouraged to bring along a picnic, rugs, blankets and chairs to the outdoor screenings.  A $2 donation will be collected on the night.
Pick up a program from the Arts Mildura office, 41 Deakin Avenue or visit the website: 



A new, photo-media lens based event has been introduced within the MWAF program, showcasing analogue and digital media technologies and methodologies by established and emerging artists. 
Stemming from the successes of the Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Arts Mildura have created an exciting and innovative lens based event within the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. The inaugural event, titled Project Lens will be presented in a number of our quality gallery venues throughout March including the Art Vault, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, MARS Gallery Space, Gallery 25, Mildura Arts Centre and Artback Australia Gallery. 
Project Lens explores a diverse range of practice in traditional and non–traditional lens-based methodologies. The program features established and emerging artists working to further their understanding of contemporary cultural practices through photo-media technologies within a regional context. Works will expand on ideas pertaining to history, technology, identity and place through local and global perspectives.
Project Lens features a vast array of artists and respective projects including Melbourne based Sophia Szilagyi, contemporary photographic artist Lorena Carrington, emerging documentary photographer Sarah Pannell and videographer Elif Yavuz. A compilation of Australian short films will be screened under the title of Oddball Cinema by amateur and established directors, Fledgling – an exhibition by La Trobe University Honours and Post Graduate Students, emerging Mutthi Mutthi photographer Daryl Pappin and Photobook Melbourne which is a platform for experimental and innovative artistic photography and book making practices. 
There will be a select collection of books from the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive displayed in the foyer at Mildura Arts Centre. This selection has been curated by Heidi Romano and Daniel Boetker-Smith (co-directors of PBM). This installation will feature a floor talk by Kristian Haggblom and Heidi Romano on at Mildura Arts Centre on Saturday 14 March at 11am. 
Project Lens will be of interest to followers of contemporary cultural expression, students and the general public. Further details available on the Arts Mildura website. There is no entry charge to any of the Project Lens events.
The full Program and tickets can be found at



In collaboration with the Sunraysia Farmers Market, the Arts Mildura team are gearing up to bring you the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival Launch this Friday 6th March. 
The red gum lined Murray river is an impressive backdrop for the launch of the 2015 Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. Partnering with the Sunraysia Farmers Market the night will buzz with energy and live music as we launch this year’s festival.
Bring a chair or a rug and join in the fun at Jaycee Park from 5pm where there will be workshops, a huge variety of stallholders including great local food, beer, wine and produce, Bollywood Dancers and visiting percussionist Valanga Khoza. Corn, tomato, onion and carrot will go head to head as the much loved Running of the Vegetables kicks off at 7:30pm thanks to Healthy Together Mildura. 
Reggae band Sol Nation will blast out fun and funky tunes and Mariachi band the Three Amigos will be laying on the Mexican vibe. There will also be local Indigenous dance group the Murray Paaka Hope Dancers, weaving workshops and displays, the Red Cliffs Pop Up Gallery and of course the classic Devilees’s Fireworks Display a highlight of this community get together. 
Mayor Glenn Milne says that “the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival offers an annual feast of entertainment from fashion to film” and it doesn’t stop there. 
Be sure to come and soak up the delights, sounds, tastes and tunes on offer on the banks of one of Australia’s most iconic and loved rivers. This is your festival Sunraysia, be sure to get out and be part of it and most importantly, enjoy!  

5 MARCH - 16 APRIL 2015


Experimenta Australia’s leading media arts organisation, presents Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art as a part of the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. The exhibition is open from 5 March – 16 April 2015.
Experimenta Recharge asks does knowledge change when it is presented in different technological forms and cultural contexts? By producing unconventional perspectives, can experimental artists illuminate existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation? Can artists lead us to entirely new modes of consciousness?
Experimenta Recharge presents artists whose works are consciously inspired by and entangled with the past, and who use the most contemporary of tools. The exhibition presents over 18 works from Australian and international artists, featuring five new commissions, artist representation from every mainland Australian state, and six international artists, five of whom are being shown in Australia for the first time.
Artistic Director Jonathan Parsons has selected multidisciplinary works that draw from photography, installation, electronic sculpture, interactive and immersive media, robotics, bio art, live art, sound art, 3D printing, games, animation, film and video.
“Media art is inherently multidisciplinary, born out of the processing power of computer technology that made possible, for the first time, a substantial interplay between various media. The artists in Experimenta Recharge are alert to both the intimate and the broader cultural contexts through which they move and live. By listening, watching, thinking and making, they recharge knowledge and meaning systems, reinvigorating these systems or radically transforming them.”
International biennial artists include, German sound art collective, Korinsky’s Big Bang exploring what would happen if ancient sounds never disappeared and could be retrieved; and three works from Brazilian artist Anaisa Franco’s interactive robotic sculpture series Psychosomatics.
Australian artists include Brisbane based Svenja Kratz whose artwork Contamination of Alice Instance #8 uses the DNA of Alice, a young girl who died in 1973 and donated her body to science, to reveal the uncanniness of having living fragments of an absent human body present; Christy Dena whose Magister Ludi playfully investigates the recent cultural phenomena of both computer and live ‘escape room’ puzzles through an interactive game installed in a vintage school desk; Cake Industries who invited 15 subjects from their Melbourne community to have their portrait taken using 3D printing technology to reinstate the sense of occasion and significance of portraiture for Simulacrum; and Raymond Zada’s installation Acknowledged, whose work speaks to the erasure of history and culture in his home town of Adelaide.
Other artists are Japanese collective teamLab presenting 100 Years Sea, an animation which draws on traditional Japanese art and logic to animate predicted sea level rises, the animation began on the 10th of December 2009 and runs for 100 years; and Dubai based artist Maitha Demithan who has painstakingly digitally knitted together flatbed scans of body sections to produce luminous images of her Emirati community.
The full festival program and tickets can be found at
Further information about Experimenta can be found at #experimenta
Download the Experimenta Recharge audio guide and interactive app – available on the app store! 

Friday 27th February 2015

There are plenty of workshops on offer for people of all ages during the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival from 5-14 March and Arts Mildura encourages the community to take advantage of the great opportunity and share their love of music, dance, visual arts or storytelling. 

Veteran ukulelist AJ Leonard and classically trained cellist Jenny Rowlands will present a holistic overview of the ukulele that is aimed at both beginner and intermediate levels.  A 1.5 hour workshop from 1.00pm on Saturday 14 March at the Old Mildura Homestead Cottage, it will cover some theory, practical and the basic concepts of counting.

“We are really looking forward to coming your way in March for the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. We already know there is a thriving ukulele scene in Mildura but are excited about sharing our music with the greater community.  The cello is the new black of the music scene and the ukulele in the hands of an expert is a delight.”  AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands

AJ and Jenny will also perform live in the Mildura Brewery Theatre Club on Friday, 13th March from 7.30pm.  Together the pair have developed a rapport, becoming known for their ukulele/cello interplay and described as sharing an unbelievable simpatico like that of the synapses of the same brain.  Tickets are available for $15.

Mudra’s Dance Academy will return by popular demand to host two Bollywood Dance Workshops at 5.00pm on 5th March and 11.00am on 7th March at the Sunraysia Multicultural Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC). 

“'I and my troupe from Mudra Dance Academy had an amazing time performing at the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival last year.  We were overwhelmed by the appreciation we got from the crowd. I was so glad to see kids and adults, males and females, everyone joining me for Bollywood dancing.  Many of them came to me after the workshop and said they would like to see more of Bollywood dancing happening in Mildura. This year we are expecting the same amount of love and welcome that we received last year.”  Mudra

Mudra is a trained classical dancer, she was in the Grand Finale of Indian Australian Dancing Star 2012 and also acted as a choreographer in South Australia's biggest Flash Mob Dance with over 300 high school students.  Mudra and her dancers will also perform at the MWAF Launch on Friday 6th March at Jaycee Park in conjunction with the Sunraysia Farmers Twilight Market.

Other workshops taking place across the festival are listed below.  Please visit the Arts Mildura website for booking details:

Thursday 26th February 2015

Seeking nominations in the Sunraysia community!

As part of the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Cake Industries will present Simulacrum, an installation in the travelling exhibition Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art.

Throughout history, the capturing of one's likeness was a special occasion that marked an event, or an elevation to a status.  Entire towns would come together to see a travelling specialist to have their portraits taken. With the advent of cheap disposable digital photography, the occasion has been lost along with the importance of process.  Simulacrum aims to bring back the importance of the capturing of one's likeness, to mark it as being an important and special occasion, with the outcome being something worthy of marvel and intrigue.

The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is inviting members of the community to nominate people to participate in a 3D scanning and printing portraiture project – reinventing the idea of capturing one’s image as being a special and memorable occasion.  Artists from Cake Industries will capture 3D image data scans of participants, which will be formed into 3D printed portraits and placed into specially built frames that light and animate them.

Guidelines for Nominations
• We are looking for a good cross section of people that represent the diverse community of Sunraysia – we recommend people of different cultural backgrounds, genders, age, socio-economic backgrounds, professions, hobbies, sexual-identity and abilities.
• Your nomination should be of someone who demonstrates qualities of leadership, hard work, achievement, participation and who embodies community spirit.  It could be an ‘unsung hero’, a hard working volunteer, someone you feels deserves recognition, or who is an inspiration to you.
• The nominated person is encouraged to wear something during the scanning that is unique to them and highlights their identity or achievements ie. if you are nominating someone for their academic commitments, they should wear their graduation cap, a baseball player should wear their helmet, a martial arts person should wear their uniform, a performer should wear their stage costume. The portrait will be from the waist up.
• The nominated person must be over 12 years of age.
• The nominated person must be able to sit very still for at least ten minutes during the scanning process.
• The nominated person must be available for 30-60 minutes between 9.00am – 5.00pm on 24 and 25 March as the scanning will take place at some point across these two days.

Nominations must be submitted to Arts Mildura by 5.00pm, Wednesday 18 March 2015.  15 people will be selected and notified on Friday 20 March.  The form can be downloaded from the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival website.

The final portraits will be installed as part of the Experimenta Recharge exhibition which will be open in Mildura at the ADFA Building from 5th March – 12th April.  The portraits will then travel to a number of other towns as part of the travelling exhibition, before being returned to Mildura where individuals can collect their personal 3D portrait as a keepsake.

Wednesday 25th February 2015

Traditional South African singer songwriter Valanga Khoza will conduct live performances and host numerous workshops in collaboration with Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) and various schools across Sunraysia as part of the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, 6-15 March 2015.

Valanga was born in the Limpopo Province of South Africa and grew up in a traditional setting surrounded by lively singing, drumming and dancing.  The Limpopo area is rich in traditional healers, orators and storytellers and their nightly ceremonies carried songs and rhythms passed down through thousands of years.  These influences can be heard through Valanga’s songs and storytelling.  He is inspired by his travels throughout the world which were driven by his struggle against racism and his fight for freedom of black people in South Africa.

Valanga has been working closely with singer, songwriter and acappella performer Andrea Khoza for over 18 years.  Valanga and Andrea regularly host tours to South Africa to immerse Australian choirs and school students in the music and culture of today.

Valanga and Andrea will conduct singing and musical workshops with Irymple South Primary, Irymple Secondary and the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE from 2-4 March 2015 where they will present insightful music and stories into the South Africa of yesterday and of today. This will culminate in a mass performance and outdoor picnic involving all students and families on Thursday 5th March on the lawns of the Old Mildura Homestead.

Whilst in the region, Valanga and Andrea will also collaborate with MDAS to workshop with the indigenous community, resulting in a performance on the same evening at the Old Mildura Homestead.  The workshop will commence at 4.00pm on Wednesday 4th March and attendees are encouraged to bring along clapsticks, didgeridoos and boomerangs as well as chairs and picnic rugs.  Anyone is welcome to participate.

Finally, at the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival Launch on Friday 6th March at Jaycee Park, Valanga and Andrea Khoza will charm audiences with beautiful sounds from many traditional South African instruments such as the kalimba (thumb piano), marimba (wooden xylophone) and shijoro (jaw harp) as well as irresistible rhythms from the guitar, stick drums and Valanga’s velvety voice.  All of this music is embellished with stories of Valanga’s life growing up in South Africa and his travels across the world as a refugee.  His personal stories of racism and apartheid are woven together with humour and wit for the older audiences while his stories about the magical African dreamtime can be breathtaking for younger audiences.

To see Valanga in action during his school workshops, visit:
All of Valanga’s workshops and performances are free to attendees.  To see more of what’s on during the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, visit

Friday 20th February 2015

Image: Conflux, MWAF 2013. Photography: Danielle Hanifin

The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival (MWAF) will bring Sunraysia to life with visual and performing arts, fashion, film, workshops and interactive displays across ten days from 6-15 March 2015.

A huge riverfront Festival Launch has been planned, in conjunction with the Sunraysia Farmer's Market Twilight Event on Friday 6th March, kicking off from 5.00pm.  The evening will intertwine live cooking demonstrations, fresh fruit, vegetables, art and craft with live music, Bollywood dance, African drumming, weaving demonstrations, international foods and a Devilee's fireworks finale.

A highlight of the festival will be contemporary media art touring exhibition Experimenta Recharge: 6th Biennial of Media Art, launching in Mildura on Thursday, 5th March at 6.00pm in the Palimpsest ADFA Gallery.  Recharge features artworks that draw from photography, biology, sound art, gaming, dance, the internet, 3D printing, animation, film and TV, created by over 20 artists from across the globe.  
The Besen Family Foundation has provided festival funding to support performances by Valanga and Andrea Khoza who will share stories of their history through their soulful melodies, influenced by the struggle against racism and the fight for freedom of black people in South Africa.  They will also host a number of hands on workshops with local schools to have students singing, moving and grooving.

A roving launch will be held on Monday, 9th March for the inaugural Project Lens, showcasing emerging photographers with the aim of expanding understandings of contemporary cultural practice through photo-media technologies.   The launch will take place across the day and move between the MARS Gallery Space, Mildura Arts Centre and along the Arts Precinct on Deakin Avenue.
Arts Mildura will again present Walk Wentworth Sing, which in 2014 saw over 200 people cram into Wentworth Town Hall for a mass choir event led by choir master Fay White who composed a new song about the history of the town and its two celebrated rivers.  Audiences moved between unique and intimate venues with performances from over ten choirs.  Described as “a wonderful afternoon of joyous singing”, Fay White will return to the region to rehearse with choirs in the lead up to what is sure to be another great finale of the MWAF for both performers and audiences.
Throughout the festival, an extensive list of workshops will take place including Bollywood dancing, African drumming, art classes, printing, ukulele, storytelling and singing.  Bookings can be made via Other highlights include International Women’s Day, Vino and Vinyl’s at Seasons, Big Screen Film Festival Pop Up, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in Mildura, Film Night at MARS and a floor talk by visiting artist Heidi Romano at the Mildura Arts Centre.
Program and tickets can be found at
Media contact: Paul Lambeth – 0429 989 300 –


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