With over two hundred events for all ages, the Nature Festival is back for a second year and full of creative ways to connect with nature and each other.
Returning to South Australia in 2021 from 25 September to 4 October, the first lineup announced today features a stack of local and national arts talent and activations for the kiddos!
Nature Festival’s 2021 program is an artistic program of talks, exhibitions, and performances focused on the relationship South Australians have with nature and exploring how the creative arts influences this relationship.
Nature Festival Kids Hub
In addition to the core programming, Nature Festival will host a hub on the lawns of the South Australian Museum in a build crafted specifically for the festival by award winning firm, Troppo Architects.
The Art Gallery of South Australia will host a nature themed ‘First Friday’ in October titled Return to Earth, along with a collection of events perfect for the whole family with a focus on children’s exploration and play.
There’s more on offer for the kids as well, with an ornithological lab at the museum and bird artwork showcase at the gallery!
Cultural Ambassador Jack Buckskin
Nature Festival is proud to announce the return of Jack Buckskin as the festival’s Cultural Ambassador for a second year, offering the festival the opportunity to engage and create a meaningful focus on the knowledge of South Australia’s Indigenous peoples, cultivating a deeper engagement with the land where we live.
The Nature Festival’s artistic program also sees four artist-led residencies and additional activations focused on driving interaction and engagement to cultivate a deeper relationship with nature as a society.
Win $3000 in the Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition
The global search is now on for the 2022 Adelaide Fringe poster!
Professionals, beginners, hobbyists and everyone in between are encouraged to submit their designs for this year’s competition which celebrates the diverse and inclusive nature of the Adelaide Fringe, which has been the biggest festival in the world for the past two years.
The design should encapsulate the many unique and rewarding experiences Adelaide Fringe has to offer, on a scale like no other festival in Australia, and it should showcase why Fringe is THE only place to be in February and March.
Free entry, open to everyone
Entry for the poster design competition is free and open to everyone. The winning design will become the face of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest arts festival for 2022.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall encourages everyone to enter.
“We are looking for a poster that captures the huge life affirming force of the Adelaide Fringe,” Ms Croall said. “Adelaide Fringe is a huge explosion of creativity for all to experience; Fringe transforms the city into a magic arts and festival landscape. Fringe fills us with joy and invites everyone to participate in uplifting and unforgettable experiences that transport us to new realms. We would love to see entries from far and wide for this year’s poster.”
$3000 prize money
The winner will receive $3000 in prize money, free registration for an exhibition at Adelaide Fringe and the enormous exposure of becoming the symbol of Fringe 2022.
Previous Adelaide Fringe poster competition winners include freelance digital illustrator Polina Tsymbal, multi-disciplinary artist Dave Court and 2021 Archibald shortlisted artist Matthew Clarke.
Tips for creating your poster
The winning poster will need to demonstrate flexibility in a number of different ways. This includes being reproduced in different sizes as well in monochrome (black and white). The design must have the versatility to be used in a number of creative applications, including t-shirts, posters, program booklets, banner signage and FringeTIX box offices.
If you use any images you haven’t created yourself you must own the copyright for the images or have permission to use them in your design.
Remember to treat the poster brief as guidelines only. Thinking outside the box is relished and encouraged!
The 2022 Adelaide Fringe Festival will be held from 18 February to 20 March.
Entries close Sunday 8 August at 11:59pm.
For more information and to enter the Adelaide Fringe 2022 Poster Competition:
Silly Science with Simon: How to make oobleck that dances and glows in the dark
Have you heard of Oobleck? It’s a type of slime made from cornflour and water. It’s not quite a solid and not quite a liquid… so what is it?!
Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid. It acts like a solid when you apply pressure to it, and acts like a liquid when you take that pressure away!
SILLY SCIENCE WITH SIMON
You can make Oobleck at home by mixing the following in a bowl:
2 cups of cornflour
3/4 cup of water (add up to 1/4 cup of extra water, until it flows when you tip the bowl)
20 drops of food colouring!
Once you’ve made it, roll up your sleeves and test it out! Try hitting the Oobleck with your hands – does it feel like a solid? Try gently lowering your hands into it – does it feel like a liquid? How cool is this stuff?!
Check out the video to see how you can make Oobleck that dances and glows in the dark!
Wishful thinking becomes a reality for Patch Theatre and Gravity and Other Myths
IMAGES: Darcy Grant
Acrobatic virtuosity, state of the art creative technology and a kaleidoscope of colour will explode onto the stage as Patch Theatre and renowned circus company Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) present the world premiere of I Wish… a show designed for children aged 4-12 years which will play across Adelaide and regional South Australia.
I Wish… is an acrobatic adventure that combines Geoff Cobham’s signature high tech projections and stunning lighting design, with Darcy Grant’s lauded acrobatic choreography in a unique collaboration between two of South Australia’s leading artistic companies.
Geoff Cobham, Artistic Director of Patch Theatre said:
“The show explores the notion that people are made up of lots of stuff; good stuff and bad stuff, happy and sad stuff, stinky, odd, boring, dangerous, funny, sparkling potions kind of stuff! But in amongst it all, every single person has a secret ingredient, we just need to figure out what our secret ingredient is.”
Starring acrobats Lisa Goldsworthy and Simon McClure (from GOM) and dancers Zoë Dunwoodie (previously Australian Dance Theatre) and Wakara Gondarra (Djuki Mala), the show features original music by Luke Smiles, quirky animation by Luku Kuku and takes the young and young at heart on a discovery to find out what makes us who we are.
Feelings, emotions, moods and sensations
I Wish… is the fourth time Geoff Cobham and Darcy Grant have worked together, but is the first time that Patch Theatre and Gravity & Other Myths have collaborated.
The work explores feelings, emotions, moods and sensations. It looks at our ability to transfer emotions or feelings from ourselves to someone else, and explores the role that colours play in reflecting our mood.
Darcy Grant, Creative Lead at Gravity & other Myths said:
“We take the audience through the process of navigating the roller coaster of feelings and moods we have as human beings, as well as all the different personas any one individual might have depending on who they’re interacting with. We explore everything from the poignancy of loss, to total contentment, to having fun and being silly. There’s also a healthy dose of humour through the one subject that is the source of endless guffaws and giggles in kids and adults alike, perhaps more so than any other human experience – farting!”
I Wish… opens at the Space Theatre on Thursday August 20 and runs until August 28, then tours to Noarlunga, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Renmark, Mt Gambier, Tanunda and Golden Grove.
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre: Friday 20 August & 27 August, 6.30pm | Sat 21, 28 August, 11am & 2pm