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Upstream is an arts and culture festival that puts a spotlight on our local talent and brings the community together. Four days. Two cities. One amazing festival.

Born under the banner of Two Cities One Community, Upstream embodies the theme of partnership which makes Albury Wodonga unique.

Across four days there will be a host of activities which celebrate our rich art and cultural fabric and place a spotlight on creativity.

This inaugural event will feature diverse art forms in prominent central and natural public locations, bringing art to the people in unique settings.

Celebration, collaboration, connection.

Upstream gives everyone a chance to experience it all across four days, two cities and one amazing festival.

Immerse yourself.

The program

These four days, which includes the Victorian long weekend, denote the main festival days.

However, there is plenty to see and do before and after the festival with a range of events and exhibitions in the lead-up as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene in Albury Wodonga all year round.

Welcome to Country

Friday 6 March, 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

As we launch Upstream the audience will be welcomed to country by the local Aboriginal community.

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Tramp Wall

Friday 6 March, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Watch the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in this high-energy performance as they fly, twist and tumble through the air on the tramp wall.

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Shirazz Jazz Band

Friday 6 March, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Melding raucous, high-energy trad, laidback Louisiana street beats and sleazy and salacious blues, Shirazz will deliver a witty and irreverent live show on stage and roving to kick off the night with a bang.

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Boat of Faith

Friday 6 March, 5:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Take a dreamily absurd and comically surreal voyage in the Boat of Faith, with Mr Curly at the helm. Ask the direction-finding duck for directions, get caught in Mr Curly’s net of possibilities or be embraced by an angel.

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The Bells - 5 Angry Men

Friday 6 March, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All the performers know is the bells must be rung but they’re not quite sure why. The more confused they are, the harder they try to achieve it. The results are hilarious, tragic, violent and absurd.

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Upstream Gala Opening

Friday 6 March, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on the Noreuil Park foreshore for a night filled with spectacular feats and curious wonder.

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Pygmy Perch 360 Experience

Friday 6 March, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pygmy Perch 360 is an immersive five-minute short film experience by Helen Newman, developed by the Murray Science Hub in 2018, to highlight the plight of the threatened local Pygmy Perch.

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King Marong and Afro Mandinko

Friday 6 March, 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Featuring tight Afrobeat, cool Afro-reggae and a healthy dose of highlife, King Marong and Afro Mandinko will take you on an audio-visual journey across the African diaspora.

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Sounds of Upstream

Friday 6 March, 9:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Be blown away by a 15-minute laser show by Genius Laser Technology along the banks of the Murray River. Using 12 full-colour laser projectors linked to a musical score, this show will have you up and dancing!

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The Dogs Breakfast

Saturday 7 March, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

A dog-friendly event for all ages celebrating all things Hairy Maclary.

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The March

Sunday 8 March, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Following on from The Bells, 5 Angry Men are collaborating with the community for this world premiere. Join them for a procession from QEII Square to Noreuil Park.

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cartoon of Scarface Claw
The Lynley Dodd Story floor talk

Sunday 8 March, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the exhibition curator for a guided tour of the exhibition

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Alejandro - Sin Frontera Band

Sunday 8 March, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

These Mexican and Latin American musicians bring exciting rhythms and the energy of their homeland to life.

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Feet Off Ground River Crossing

Sunday 8 March, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Watch these professional slackliners balance their way across the Murray River, bridging the two cities with a piece of material.

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Sunday of Curious Things

Sunday 8 March, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us on the Noreuil Park foreshore for a day of surprise, curiosity and connection with music, markets and food. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon by the river – until the heart-stopping finale.

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The Market of Curious Things

Sunday 8 March, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

If you’re a hobbyist, tinkerer or craft enthusiast - then this is for you! Buy beautiful handmade things and enjoy this pop-up maker space.

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MRJO (Murray Riverina Jazz Orchestra)

Sunday 8 March, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This local big band performs to a score by Murray Conservatorium

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Wrenwood Gallery

Monday 9 March, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wrenwood Gallery features 15 women arts practitioners. Join Lizabeth Souness in an introduction to the gallery and the artists represented.

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Turks Head Gallery

Friday 6 March - Monday 9 March 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Albury’s newest photography studio, Turks Head Gallery and Photography Centre are offering children’s workshops during the 2020 upstream festival.

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Earth Canvas Artist on the Farm

Sunday 8 March - Monday 9 March 2020, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Art photographer Tony Nott will host this photographic workshop on the regenerative farm, looking at the landscape through the camera with an artistic perspective of colour and composition.

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You can Draw Better Than you Think

Monday 9 March, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

During this two-hour session, participants will be guided through a drawing experience using a medium of their choice.

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Hustle Open Day

Monday 9 March, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Take a sneak peek into Albury-Wodonga’s most unique venue for co-working, events and workshops.

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Art Partners Australia

Friday 6 March - Monday 9 March 2020, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Art Partners Australia presents two coinciding exhibitions of Australian artists.

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The Lynley Dodd Story

Saturday 8 February - Sunday 26 April 2020, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

An exhibition of original illustrations from Dame Lynley Dodd, the world renowned author and illustrator of the Hairy Maclary books

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Upstream is an arts and culture festival that puts a spotlight on our local talent and brings the community together. Four days. Two cities. One amazing festival.

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