Street celebrations for Festival of Place

Published on 17 March 2021

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MidCoast residents will have a chance to show they love where they live when the Festival of Place comes to the region.

Rolling out from 26 March until 17 April, the Festival of Place is an initiative of the NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment funded through The Festival of Place – Summer Fund.

Some of the region’s best local musicians will perform free on main streets, continuing to support the revitalisation of the heart of our communities after a year that was anything but fun and spontaneous.

The Festival will also incorporate the creation of a group public art mural – with everyone invited to contribute a small 10cm canvas that is colour mapped to produce a large artwork. Two sessions, at Manning Regional Art Gallery in Taree and at Forster Library, will be held during the Festival.

“Public space is where we share our stories and values, and where we forge the ties that bind us. The Festival of Place is part of the NSW Government and MidCoast Council’s efforts to bring people back into local centres and support a safe economic recovery,” said Council’s Manager Growth, Economic Development and Tourism, Deb Tuckerman.

Performances will be popping up in Harrington, Nabiac, Wingham, Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens and Stroud, with performers such as Heath Lancaster, Matty Zarb, Maddy Andrews and Jake Davey, Chelsea Berman and Harrison Hoven and The Grasscutters.

“The Festival is a great opportunity to support local performers as they emerge from a difficult year.”

“We have utilised the grant to provide activities in as many locations as possible and are looking forward to seeing the performers spark some joy on MidCoast streets this month.”

All events are free, although you’ll need to book in for the art mural project.

Visit What's On | Barrington Coast  to see the full Festival program and plan your own Festival tour.