Cementa17, Kandos’s very own contemporary arts festival, has left a lasting impression on the town and fellow Cementa fanatics.
A successfully delivered four jam-packed days and nights of unique performances, sound pieces, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, videos, photography, dance and thought-provoking installations.
Cementa festival brings together artists from urban and regional contexts for a four day celebration of the state of contemporary art in Australia.
Venues include shopfronts, vacant lots, the scout hall, local museum, community centre, golf course, people’s yards, rural properties and public parks.
The works address the identity, history and current social, environmental and economic context of the town and its region.
Taking its regional situation as its focus, Cementa celebrates the rich diversity of voices that can be heard within our contemporary arts communities across the spectrum of practice, from the emerging to the established, from the obscure to the prominent.
Spectators and over 60 exhibiting artists from across Australia travelled to be a part of the festival, booking out accommodation in town, swarming local camping grounds and filling local venues and cafes.
Local artist and Cementa volunteer, Marianne Johnson, commented on the thrill of seeing Kandos “alive” again, praising Cementa organisers for an incredible festival and stating that “this is really good for the town.”
Sydney resident and long-term Cementa enthusiast, Mike Rossi, said that he thoroughly enjoys visiting Kandos for the festival, stating that “the conversation revolving around ideas and the future, as well as the people and the cool art is why I keep coming back.”
Organisers are applauding the 40 local volunteers and Kandos High School students who worked tirelessly to help mind exhibits and enthusiastically aided the artists “without our volunteers, the festival wouldn’t have run so smoothly.
The volunteers helped showcased our town brilliantly, thank you!”