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
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 July 2019
Who would have known there were so many people who knew so little!
24 July 2019
Our heroic Creative Director has agreed to completely forego his unkempt identity in a last ditch, desperate effort to raise the Cementa fundraising cause. Who else would he go to but the virtuosos of vanity, the gurus of glamour, the masterchefs of the absolutely fabulous, The Motel Sisters? Watch his transformation from rustic bearded earnestness into a superficial celebrity superstar!
26 June 2019
Cementa’s creative director, Alex Wisser stands in the middle of Angus Hall, the original community hall of Kandos and talks nervously about all the dreams and aspirations we have for this space. He also reads from a teleprompter the entire time, which is very endearing and gives his appeal a human touch