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The ACT-BELONG-COMMIT 2018 York Festival returns with a massive program!

08-Sep-2018 - 7-Oct-2018
10am - 4:30pm
, York
The ACT-BELONG-COMMIT 2018 York Festival returns with a massive program!


WA’s oldest inland town kicks off its annual community celebration of culture and arts on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September with the Act-Belong-Commit 2018 The York Festival. Thousands will visit the charming, historic Wheatbelt town (just one hour from Perth) as York comes alive with its ever popular Makers Market (including a Twilight Market) featuring WA’s most talented and creative artisans, along with music, art, food, performance, workshops, exhibitions and activities for all ages. The month-long program culminates on Sunday 7 October with a free community concert in Peace Park featuring WA’s best bluegrass band, the City Slickers. 
York is an easy one hour drive east of the Perth CBD, off the Great Southern Highway. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the West Australian Wheatbelt, the district offers unique insights into Western Australia's rich and colourful past, both before and following European settlement in 1831.

York’s location and heritage inform much of the content of the York Festival program, of which highlights include: The Hay Bale Challenge sculpture competition; the Festival’s first interational artist exchange with Japanese Wara (rice straw) Artist AKIRA MORIYA, arriving in York to help create giant straw sculptures featuring endangered Australian fauna. Other highlights The Running of the Lambs; Croquet + Cosplay, and a silent disco.

The York Festival activities take place throughout the town in many of the town’s historic landmark buildings which will host exhibitions and entertainment, including the York Town Hall, the York Mill, the Courthouse, Peace Park and the CWA.

Wander down Avon Terrace, enjoy the sounds of street buskers and soak up the charm and heritage of York. Buskers who are interested in playing in York during the festival should contact to register their interest. Guided Walking Tours will take place each weekend of the festival; delving into the architecture and cultural history of York during the day, and a night-time tour for those more daring.

Entertainment, art performance highlights include:

Moominpappa by the Sea presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre;
The Running of the Lambs. The hit of 2017, the costumed ninja warrior style obstacle course for kids is back but with more spice. This year parents won’t be left out and the program will include the Ewe Beauties and the Rams Rampage:
Croquet + Cosplay, at the York Croquet Club on Friday 28th September;
Popup skate park;
Human Foosball;
Strings in Spring (chamber music) on Sunday 30th September;
Outcome Unknown (experimental music) on Sunday 30th September;
Silent Disco: three sessions for three age groups Under 12s, Under 17s and a late session for the 18+ on Saturday 29th September;
The Artitja Fine Art Spring Salon: showcasing Australian Aboriginal artists from regional and remote communities from across the North-west, central Australia and the Northern Territory, at Gallery152;
More to be announced!

Entry to most Festival events is FREE or by gold coin donation, except for certain ticketed events. There is Wheelchair access available at all venues. Parking is free within York.

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Location: , York, WA, 6302