Spirit of '21| Series 1

by David Ryan | Performance Artists

Last year, the biannual Cementa Festival (originally slated for production in October 2021) jumped a generation to May 2022.

This was not the end of Cementa21.

To honour the passing of Cementa21, we staged a virtual event in the spirit of (what would have been) C21 and from this online play-space evolved Cementa’s inaugural program of live-streamed live art.

Photo Credit David Ryan Projection design by Gus Armstrong

Set design by Gus Armstrong | Photo: David Ryan

2021 was a time of great uncertainty. During the pandemic, Covid19 ravaged global populations and like many other arts and culture producers, Cementa was determined to care for the wellbeing of all our stakeholders: artists, audiences, art-workers, the residents of Kandos, and ourselves.

Throughout the lock-down winter of 2021, a nimble production team worked closely with artists to develop and curate a smorgasbord of experimental programming. We observed that care in online spaces requires a similar attitude to caring for Country IRL (in real life) and was mindful not to colonise virtual space in the same way that Dabee Country was stolen IRL. Sovereignty has never been ceded and So21 virtual space was held with great respect.

Photo Credit David Ryan livestream waterfall 22 Aug 2021

Livestream as waterfall, 22 Aug 2021 by David Ryan

The Spirit of ‘21 (So21) was live-streamed to the world on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2021.

So21 is at once a memorial to the spirit of Cementa21, and a celebration of the irreverent, fun-loving and undiscouraged community soul of our artists and our festival.

Over the next few months, we look forward to sharing with you several remarkable live performances including a special divinity class with Sister Glitternulius, Wendy Murray’s workshop for poster-making activists, a fabulous backyard wild food hunt with Diego Bonetto, Shammgods launching their limited edition couture range, Kath Fries meditates while walking mindfully, a real-live journey into Tom Buckland’s neurology and other digital shenanigans.

Expect a fresh So21 segment to be dropped weekly.

NEXT SO21 POST | 31st August 2022 | Welcome to Country by Uncle Peter Swain

Photo Credit David Ryan  WAYOUT studio

Our Host prepares at WAYOUT studio | Photo David Ryan

So21 production credits

technical producer: Gus Armstrong | social media moderator: Bridget Baskerville

marketing: Tammy Brennan | production manager: Gabrielle Bates |

general manager: Ed McEgan | graphic design: Huy Nuygen & Oskar Backent

creative producer: David Ryan | associate producer: Nina Stromquist | host: Alex Wisser

funded by CreateNSW

Spirit of '21| Series 1
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Cementa Inc. acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the Traditional Custodians of the Country upon which we live, learn and work. We honour their Ancestors and pay our deepest respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Cementa Inc is generously supported by the NSW Government Create NSW