Our Armadale Arts Festival has wound up for 2022. We are grateful to our audiences, artists, performers, sponsors, and volunteers for their commitment, passion and support to bring such an exciting arts program to the community.
We had countless moments of joy throughout the festival with many highlights, including:
The Armadale Arts Festival Community Choir performed the finale event on Sunday 15 May. Festival Artist, Bree Hartley said the choir gave a great sense of local connection:
“The feeling I get when the singers discover that they CAN in fact sing through that tricky melody, or become confident with the Noongar language for example, fills me with pure joy. I love that choirs are a place of growth, friendship and beautiful music. I feel extremely privileged to be able to facilitate this opportunity for our local community and have left each rehearsal buzzing from the wonderful sounds and sense of connection,” Bree said.
A Journey Through Jazz – our first collaboration with Seven Sins and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) was a great success. More than 100 people attended the event to enjoy fabulous food and musical delights. We’re looking at presenting a similar event in October, so watch this space!
The Minnawarra Art Awards & Public Program
The City purchased three new pieces for its art collection, two of which are by local artists.
We’ve received terrific feedback from attendees, such as:
- “I loved it. I also found that my appreciation of many of the artworks increased significantly when I attended one of the curator’s talks.”
- “The curator’s tour of the Minnawarra art exhibition was very interesting. I also saw some wonderful art and experienced it in a different way after the curator’s comments.”
- “I loved the variety of ideas and mediums used in the art pieces and the exceptional talent, all brought together in one place to enjoy.”
- “The High Tea was lovely, the students provided good service and the food excellent. We also enjoyed looking at the Art Exhibition after the High Tea.”
- “High tea was lovely, met new people. The Art display at the town hall was very interesting, some pieces that l would have loved to buy.”
We welcomed new artists and community groups who were involved with their own innovative projects, including:
Yarning Group: Unsung Stories of Connection by KM Noongar Consulting Services
Exhibiting at the festival was a first for this group of Aboriginal people living with a disability who are already passionately discussing what will they work on next.
Zombie Apocalypse by Arena Theatre
2022 was the first time we’ve had zombies in Armadale! This quirky theatre group performed to a small audience at the Phoenix Personal Training and Wellness Studio.
The Armadale Arts Festival wouldn’t be the varied and exciting program that it is without the numerous community groups and individuals who present programs across the period.
Mayor Ruth Butterfield thanked all involved and those who attended the festival.
“We are fortunate to have so many talented people living and working in the area. Sharing ‘art and culture’ is a great way to bring the community together whilst creating new friendships and collaborations. The Armadale Arts Festival had something for everyone this year and we look forward to hearing new and exciting ideas for next year’s Festival!” said Mayor Butterfield.
We are also always on the lookout to include more groups or programs, so if you or someone you know has something that they would like to present at next year’s Armadale Arts Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.