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The sixth Murwillumbah Arts Trail is all set for the weekend of 29-30 May 2021. From its beginnings in 2015, the arts trail has grown to be a major festival for the visual arts, as well as a vibrant community event.

The event showcases many artists and creatives who live or work within the region, offering the community a chance to see artists at work, participate in art activities and purchase art from local artists.

The COVID-19 health crisis forced the cancellation of the 2020 event only weeks before it was due to take place, but organisers say the additional year has also provided opportunities to reimagine the festival.

Event Manager Peita Gardiman said, ‘While the town will remain the heart of the festival, featuring 50 artists showing their work in a bespoke location, the trail will now extend to include open studios, galleries and historic halls around the valley.’

Multiple events

Murwillumbah Arts Trail. Photo supplied.

The festival will also include a selection of fringe events such as street art and live shows including theatre, poetry and performance in various heritage listed art deco locations throughout Murwillumbah.

Organisers say it’s a prime opportunity for fans, collectors, fellow artists, or those just curious about our bustling scene to get behind-the-scenes views of creative processes, learn about new artists in the area, and take advantage of studio sales.

For participating artists, it’s a wonderful way to connect with new audiences, inspire young visitors, and share the deeper significance of how and why they make what they make.

The 2021 Murwillumbah Arts Trail is supported by Tweed Shire Council, the Northern Rivers Community Fund, the ITV Tweed Community Initiative Fund, Mayberry Meldrum Anderson, Stone & Wood and Husk Distillers, as well as local businesses.

For the full program and trail map, visit www.murwillumbahartstrail.com.au.

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