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Upstream Art + Culture festival with a local heart

Tuesday 16 February 2021
Talented local artists are transforming blank walls in Albury into bright canvasses celebrating our region’s wonderful wildlife, landscapes and rich heritage, as part of this year’s Albury Wodonga Upstream festival.

The artists are creating murals depicting our environment and the creatures that live there, as well as the First Nations people that have called the area home for thousands of years.

It’s part of a ‘locals for locals’ theme of Upstream, which will be held from 5-8 March.

The murals are being created at the following sites between now and March 2021:

  • The Thurgoona Community Hall, Creatures in the Community by Tracie MacVean
  • Wilson Street Carpark, Home, Sweet Butterfly, by Kristina Greenwood
  • Citi Walk Wall, Little Egret, by Chris Henderson
  • Townsend Vet Clinic, Mountain Pygmy Possum by Kirrily Anderson
  • Wagirra Trail, There’s More to See Upstream by Tamara Murray
  • Wagga Road, Bird Box Beginnings by Kade Sarte

Some of the works are already taking shape, with all six murals to be completed by 6 March.

Upstream, a product of the Two Cities One Community partnership, will present a range of activities celebrating the arts and culture of the border community.

It will be held over four days with some events to be presented live in a COVID-safe environment and others to be livestreamed.

The festival also features a Yard Art Trail Competition in which community members of all ages and abilities are invited to create sculptures in front yards, business premises or shop windows.

The winners will be determined by ‘people’s choice’ with a first prize for households of $1500 for households and a $3000 advertising package plus $1000 digital strategy session for businesses.

The festival will be preceded by events and exhibitions celebrating the region’s vibrant arts scene.

View the 2021 Upstream Program

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