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2024 Barossa Arts Festival returns this April unveiling canvas of vibrant events

The Barossa Arts Festival returns this April with artist exhibitions, workshops, makers markets, battle of the bands and an extensive arts trail.

Images: Robyn Gibbes Photography

When you think of the Barossa, vibrant imagery of colour, culture, and creativity naturally spring to mind. From the lush greens to the burnt oranges of the vines, the region is a canvas of natural beauty and artistic inspiration. So what better place to hold an immersive arts festival?

Returning for a month-long celebration of culture and creativity, The Barossa Arts Festival will run from April 1st to April 30th, 2024, in the picturesque Barossa Valley.

Image: L – R Mayor Bill O’Brien – The Light Council, Karen Nickels – Barossa Arts Festival Festival Director, Mrs Ashton Hurn MP – Member for Schubert, Mayor Bim Lange OAM – The Barossa Council

Founded in 2022 by Karen Nickels, the biennial festival promises to showcase the region’s rich artistic tapestry while providing a platform for local and South Australian artists to shine.

With an array of events spanning across the Barossa and Light region, the festival invites attendees to immerse themselves in a number of cool experiences. There will be artist exhibitions, workshops, makers markets, battle of the bands and an extensive arts trail spanning from Mt Pleasant and Gawler, through the Barossa and into Kapunda.

Artists Madeleine Elkin & Jo Headon

“Our motto, ‘Colour, Creativity, Culture,’ encapsulates the spirit of the Barossa Arts Festival. Each event in the programme is carefully curated to ensure we celebrate the kaleidoscope of colours, sparking creativity and promoting the richness of culture not only within our region, but through the amazing talents of South Australian artists,” Festival Director, Karen Nickels, says.

At the heart of the festival lies the extensive Arts Trail, weaving its way through twelve charming towns and forty venues. Visitors will be able to explore a diverse range of art mediums, including sculpture, watercolour, textiles, photography, and more.

The Fest of the Fest Exhibition at Chateau Yaldara serves as a gateway to this artistic journey, showcasing the best of the Arts Trail and providing attendees with the opportunity to delve deeper into various art styles.

For those eager to unleash their creativity, the festival offers over forty art workshops catering to all ages and interests.

Image: Artist – Matt Sheehy

From painting and drawing to Japanese bookbinding and fabric printing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, the Barossa Makers & Beyond Market presents a treasure trove of locally made items, allowing visitors to indulge in a festive shopping experience while supporting talented artisans.

Music enthusiasts can look forward to the Battle of the Bands, a musical showdown featuring original pieces by competing bands. Set against the backdrop of The Greenock Tavern, this family-friendly event promises an evening of entertainment and friendly competition.

Adding a cultural dimension to the festival is ikanga Mulka – Ngadjuri for We Sit We Talk, an immersive experience highlighting the culture and customs of the Ngadjuri, Peramangk, and Kaurna People. Through storytelling, food, and art, attendees can gain insight into the rich Indigenous lifestyle woven into the fabric of the Barossa region.

Mayor Bim Lange of The Barossa Council expressed confidence in the festival’s ability to showcase the region’s arts, heritage, and culture, further solidifying its position as a major drawcard for visitors.

“We’re confident the Barossa Arts Festival will be another jewel in our major events crown,” Mayor Bim Lange, The Barossa Council, says.

In 2022, The Barossa Arts Festival drew over 10,000 attendees throughout April and generated over $40,000 in art sales. It also fostered lasting collaborations between artists and venues, leading to ongoing art displays across the region.

Now, preparations are in place for the 2024 festival, set to put on a thrilling 30-day run in April.

Barossa Arts Festival
Where: Barossa
When: April 1st – 30th April 2024
More info: Click here

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