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The York Festival 2022 has landed! Experience arts and crafts, theatre, dance, music, storytelling, family workshops and nature activities in the spectacular Avon Valley. Bec and Jeziel talked to Artistic Director, Will Yeoman about behind the scenes planning and what you can expect from the festival.

Special opening event

The festival is commencing with ‘Two Mountains Dreaming’, a special event that celebrates Ballardong Noongar culture. It is an ancient story of love, loss, tradition and transgression that has been handed down from generation to generation. It will be brought to life in a spectacular fusion of music, dance and light. “We’re starting with a bang and that kind of sets the tone for the program which is a combination of Ballardong Noongar workshops and cultural tours. We’ve also got jazz and then loads of family activities for kids and adults.”

Behind the Scenes

As artistic director, it was a challenge to maintain the balance between keeping the York community at the heart of the festival. While bringing big name acts from outside and honouring Noongar culture. The festival also incorporates historic York architecture such as the Town Hall and Homestead Hotel. “You really do get both perspectives.” 

To help embrace Ballardong Noongar culture, Dr Marion Kickett was appointed as an advisor. She is a Ballardong Noongar leader and academic who was born in York. “She’s been amazing to work with and she’s kind of been a liaison between me and the rest of the festival team and her community around the region.” Over 20,000 people attended last year which helped inject business into the local economy. They are expecting even more to attend this year and have prepared enough toilets and parking. Accommodation is limited, but York is perfect for a day trip this school holidays.

The festival is on every day of the school holiday break from the 24th of September to the 9th of October. Have you been to York? Let us know by texting or messaging us on socialsListen to the full chat below!


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