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Pop-Up & Play trail comes to The Levee in Maitland

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Maitland is set to burst with colour, exercise, art and poetry this month when The Levee hosts the inaugural Pop-up & Play trail. 

The collection of interactive, family-friendly activities will fill the suburb’s main strip on Saturday 15 July from 10am to 1pm. 

Street art, poetry, fortune telling, aerobics and photography will feature alongside performances by Sydney’s Albert Lin and Maitland local Meg O’Hara, as well as installations from Dr Louisa Magrics and Sandy Sanderson. 

Activiites are interactive with visitors encouraged to join dancing, graffiti, selfies, and poetry sessions. 

Louisa Magrics

The free trail is a combination of interactive performance and temporary installation. 

The Pop-Up & Play trail is the brainchild of local cultural producer Chloe Warren, who is working with eight contemporary artists from across the state to activate Maitland’s Levee. 

“There is such a wealth of artists in our region,” she says. 

“Often the trouble doesn’t come in sourcing talent but just coordinating it. 

“As a producer, I’m always trying to connect artists to opportunities and audiences to artists. An arts trail is a perfect way for a variety of artists to experiment, engage, perform, and get paid.  

“I hope that this Pop-Up & Play will be the first of many…and that one day we’ll have entire Pop-Up & Play festivals.” 

The line up consists of established artists (including Katoomba’s Alan Schacher) and Dr Louisa Magrics, and those who are just at the start of their career, such as artist Meg O’Hara who debuted her first solo show, Customer Service Conundrum, at this year’s Newcastle Fringe Festival. 

Pop-Up & Play is an Uncapital Productions initiative and was the recipient of a Creative Streets Grant from Maitland City Council, supporting partnerships with the community to create, reimagine, and creatively transform places around the LGA through temporary and semi-permanent projects.  

Edwina Richards

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