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Art, Not Apart set to make a splash!

Amanda Whitley

Beautiful and crazy experiences will be available at the fifth Art, Not Apart (ANA) festival, which aims to develop and show contemporary Canberra art across NewActon and the lake. The ANA2015 program has just been released, revealing that on Saturday 14 March, boundaries will be thrown in to the lake for a day of dance, music, interactions and exhibitions that is expected to attract up to 15 000 people.

Photograph: Alex Moffatt

Photograph: Alex Moffatt

“Contemporary art is not what you expect but often what you feel” says David Caffery, producer of the growing arts festival. “Our 2015 program of Canberra and interstate artists will be a contemporary perspective of our city.

“The festival is uniquely Canberran because the program is shaped by Canberra’s artists – you can’t f ind them anywhere else. There’ll be national artists to give an outside perspective, but the focus is on the locals. ”

This year, for the first time Art, Not Apart will spill beyond NewActon to the lake and incorporate the skills of the Australian National University and National Museum of Australia. “This expansion reflects the willingness of government, ANU and the private sector to contribute to the cultural development of our city,” says David.

Photograph: Alex Moffatt

Photograph: Alex Moffatt

“New Acton has consistently supported Canberra artists, but we can only go so far. Our cultural fund and physical space were stretched by the last two festivals, but ongoing collaboration…has the potential to spark a new and connected geography for Canberra. A festival is a fun and colourful way to trial this collaboration and allows this part of the city to collaborate around strong art.

What’s in store for Art, Not Apart 2015

1601 Exhibition

NewActon’s expansive concrete shell penthouse will be filled with contemporary art and overlook the festival, city and lake below. Feature artists Victoria Lees and Lewis Goonerage will debut works.

Westside Street Party

Expect unique collaborations across old and new media in shipping containers and massive murals. Spray paint and DJs will fill the air with a unique vibe.Curated by Natjalia Nikolic, this will be the first major event at Westside at Acton Park and will run between 1pm and 7pm.

Westside Street Party will be the precinct's first major event.

Westside Street Party will be the precinct’s first major event.

Art Walk

Between the Acton Beach Party and Westside will be a series of installations,performances, markets and avant-garde music. Perfect for a lakeside picnic.

Work It

Site-specific dance theatre, video and sound performance at Nishi. The project investigates issues of locational identity and spatial dynamics that constantly, often unconsciously, impact our patterns of existence.

Cool Combo

MILS Gallery from Sydney has teamed with Hotel Hotel to present a show combining primal shields from Papua New Guinea and new Western art. The combo of individual pursuit and expression forms something greater than its parts.

Acton Beach Party

Headlined by Rufino and the Coconuts, and staged at Canberra’s official beach, this party will feature “ridiculous swimming music” curated by Canberra Musicians’ Club.

Canberra's 'Official' Beach

Canberra’s ‘Official’ Beach

There’ll also be performance art, music and comedy on the A.Baker Courtyard Stage, performance poetry and a commissioned short film at Palace Electric Cinema, a panel discussion led by ANU School of Art staff Monster kitchen and bar salon which will ask “Is Art Becoming Irrelevant?”, Canberra Symphony Orchestra Ensemble short history of classical music, Suitcase Rummage and a massive after party.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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