The first flag and bunting workshop at the Uki Kids club OOSH with facilitator Katrina Gudgeon.
The first flag and bunting workshop at the Uki Kids club OOSH with facilitator Katrina Gudgeon. Natascha Wernick

Community festival to unite Uki

THE annual Ukitopia Festival: a Celebration of Uki Arts, Life and Culture, is now in its fifth year.

The three-day festival runs from November 16 to 18 in the Uki Village.

This year's festival theme will be Weaving the Wheel of Community.

A series of bamboo installations funded through Festivals Australia will feature, with opportunities to co-create and interact with the sculptures in a series of community workshops leading up to the event.

Jaye Irving, fresh from a residency at the BOOM Festival in Portugal, will host these community workshops this month and next.

Katrina Gudgeon, ex Trashformers, will also host a series of flag-making and bunting workshops, sponsored by Festivals Australia.

The local community is encouraged to participate - submitting artworks in the Images of Uki or writings in the Words of Wollumbin ways, volunteering, participating in workshops or just coming along to enjoy fun.

The festival also has a new director in Thomas Bailey.

"I am sure he will design another fabulously rich, creative and fun festival," said festival manager and Ukitopia Arts Collective president, Natascha Wernick.

The event begins on Friday November 16 with a welcoming ceremony and parade, followed by the opening of the 'Images of Uki' art exhibition incorporating the 'Words of Wollumbin', which will remain open all weekend.

The Holy Trinity Church is set to host a Songwriters on the Songline and the Main Stage in the village green will be a DJ dance space.

The Saturday action starts early with a chalkboard session at the Lounge Lizard Providore and then a feast of entertainment all day at the Main Stage, including the Wishing Ceremony at sunset.

Live music continues into the evening, providing a chance to dance under the stars.

The Arts in the Mountains workshop program for adults and children begins on Saturday morning and continues until Sunday midday.

On Sunday the festival joins forces with the Buttery Bazaar Market to bring another big day of music and performance.

After the closing ceremony in the afternoon, the music will continue with two Festival fringe events, a Classical Concert at the Church as well as Rockin' Sunday at the Pub.

The full program will be announced in early October when the community is invited to attend a Ukitopia Festival sampler/ breast cancer fundraiser at the Regent Cinema on October 24.

Tickets for the festival are available on line now.

Youth 15-25 $10, adult concession/Ukitopia members $25 and adults $35.

For your tickets, full festival guide, workshop info and application forms please go to the Ukitopia Arts Collective's website at http://ukitopiaartscollective.com/.



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