Film, poetry, publishing, music, and art is set to shine at this weekend’s IF Maitland festivals.
The creative collaboration between the IF Maitland Indie Festival and IF Maitland Art Fest will see the historic township transformed into a storytelling wonderland.
Festival director Graham Davidson said the multi-event production offered a vital platform for expression.
“Everybody has a story worth telling,” he said.
“Whether through fiction, poetry, song, film, or paint on canvas, it is crucial we empower the community with the tools and knowledge to share their thoughts and dreams with future generations.”
Both festivals will take place across various venues in Maitland, with the Indie (Writers’) Festival concluding Sunday 30th May and Art Fest continuing until Sunday 6th June.
Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker will be officially opening both festivals on Friday evening with a special screening of Novocastrian Ben Randall’s Sisters for Sale documentary.
The Art Fest Street Exhibition also launches this Friday, featuring over two dozen local artists in over two dozen shop fronts along The Levee.
Festival attendees can vote for their favourite artist for the Frame Today Art Fest People’s Choice Award, with the winners being announced on Saturday 5th June.
Other highlights of Art Fest will be the AWW! (Artists Who Write) exhibition and a special presentation on indigenous art by Deakin University’s Prof Liz Cameron.
Events include workshops, launches, panels, inconversations, film-screenings, performances, and more.
Most events are free, including JIFF (our Junior Indie Festival Funday) at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 29th May.
The JIFF program focuses on younger audiences (and their parents).
Families can enjoy children’s book launches, performances, the Primary School Poet Open Mic.
Special guests Curious Legends will appear throughout the day.
All events require registration due to venue capacity.
For further details on the festivals go to www.ifmaitland.org