Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW Nov 21-24 2019

4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics

More than 60 artists make, exhibit and perform works throughout 20 venues across the town of Kandos and beyond.
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John A Douglas | Screen Test (revived) – The Devils Tower 2017. photo by ian hobbs
Kandos was built to house the workforce of the Kandos cement works and collieries. Sitting at the foot of Combamolang (Coombermelon) Mountain – Kandos looks out at one of the most stunning landscapes in inland NSW. With this region as its focus, Cementa17 will celebrate the diversity of voices that can be heard within our contemporary arts communities.
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Cementa17 presented a strong showing of works by Indigenous artists, including installations by Tony Albert, Teena McCarthy and Paris Norton, and a portrait series by Mervyn Bishop. For the first time we ventured out of town to locations in the landscape. PYT | Fairfield presented Pagoda Parkour at Ganguddy.
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Mervyn Bishop | Portraits of Elders 2017. . photo by ian hobbs
In the Correspondence of Imaginary Places, artworks by 7 artists from New York were installed at Birds Hut by 7 Australian artists; the Australian artists, in return, had their work installed in and around Manhattan. Gilbert Grace presented The Hemp Initiative as part of his residency on Marloo, a 3000-acre property outside Kandos. Farmer Stuart Andrews lead a tour of Marloo, demonstrating Natural Sequence Farming.
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Cementa17 was loaded with our usual events: Opening Night, Sound Night, Cabaret Night, not to mention daytime scheduled and spontaneous performances. Mark Shorter and Sach Catts dug and chopped in rhythmic exchange, Greg Pritchard played a round of performance golf, Linda Brescia dressed up as an artist to allay anxieties.
Skye Saxon I The Snowflake Shaman’s Winter Wonderland photo by Alex Wisser
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    The dormant black plastic Lying tied up, contained

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