2016 MANLY ARTS FESTIVAL - scores of exciting, energised cultural events over 14 days

Artists and performers of all types are getting ready to take part in the most inspiring and creative event on Sydney’s Northern Beaches cultural calendar, the 23rd annual Manly Arts Festival.

The 2016 Manly Arts Festival gets under way on Friday 16 and runs through to 30 September 2016, with special events including exhibitions, concerts, talks, dance, films and creative workshops.

The Manly Arts Festival is the centrepiece to Manly Council’s exciting cultural program ‘Manly VIBE’ - a celebration of all things ‘Manly’!

Manly Arts Festival began in 1994 and has since grown into one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals. The Manly Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors each year.

Offering over 60 exciting, inclusive and energised family-friendly cultural events, the 2016 Manly Arts Festival will be launched at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum on Friday 16 September, 6 - 8pm.

A highlight of the 2016 Festival will be Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition ‘Northern Lights’ examining contemporary photo-media by pre-eminent and emerging artists from Sydney’s Northern Beaches - reflecting on environment, culture and identity through local, national and international ‘lenses’.

‘Northern Lights’ will include photography by Cameron Bloom, James Brickwood, Tim Hixson, Sally Mayman, Trent Mitchell, Cade Turner and Louise Whelan.

Other 2016 Manly Arts Festival highlights include:

·         Cameron Bloom will host a special talk about his evocative photographs of ‘Penguin’ the magpie, featured in his captivating new book ‘Penguin Bloom’, a poignant story of hope and healing published by ABC Books and featuring a narrative by New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive (Sunday 18 September).

·         Author and art critic Ashleigh Wilson will be along to discuss his new book about Brett Whiteley.

·         Powerful creative forces will unite for a concert by Australia Chamber Orchestra violinist Satu Vänskä, Midnight Oil and Electric Guitar Orchestra’s Jim Moginie and Brian Ritchie, bass guitarist for rock band Violent Femmes (Saturday 17 September).

·         The Sydney Chamber Music Festival Concerts will be underway in Manly on 24-25 September, too.

·         There will be a Creative Women’s Circle event featuring artist Fiona Chandler, photographer Louise Whelan and others (Tuesday 20 September).

·         Manly’s Big Draw led by artist Lilly Blue where families and artists are invited to participate in the creation of an interactive community installation (Sunday 18 September, 10am – 2pm)

·         Great Wall of Manly

·         Kids Art Adventures

·         Red Room Poetry event

·         Art & Soul Collective exhibition at Warringah Creative Space

·         Manly Panto performances with Christine Heard, and

·         Mango Dance School performances

Check the Festival website www.manlyartsfestival.com.au which goes live in mid August.

A free, full colour festival program will also be available.

For advance event information, call the Festival Info Line at Manly Art Gallery & Museum 9976 1421.

Throughout the 14-day festival, programs will be available from Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly Library, Manly Council offices, Manly Visitor Information Centre and other venues throughout Manly.

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