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Community Arts is our drop in happy place where you can create, experience, discover and play! Everyone can be creative – you just need to have a go, and our supportive volunteers and tutors make that easy. Take a break from concerts, dancing and eating to indulge in some relaxing artmaking.

Free All Day Activities

Painting – Put your mark on the 2018 NFF community mural and revisit the masterpieces that you painted in previous years as the mural boards pop up all around the festival.  If you’re feeling a bit more artistic there are many other painting opportunities on offer.

Dream Catchers – Try your hand making your very own dream catcher! Learn the different techniques and materials that can be used.

Wool works – learn the art of knitting or crochet, or share your skills with other festivalgoers.

Jewellery making – For the younger artists there are colourful scobiedou wristbands to explore, while older attendees can use wire to create more detailed earrings, bracelets or pendants.

Weaving – learn to weave packing tape using the Sepaktakraw tradition, into a globe shape and then add your art to our Festival group installation.

Sculpt – Construct your own amazing piece using recycled art materials and junk.

Lantern Making – Construct and decorate your own lantern that you can carry in the Festival Parade, lit with LED lights, or join in with others in creating large scale parade puppets.


Be inspired with our great value paid workshops listed below, where you can learn some amazing new techniques and leave with great skills and memories and your own piece of art. Prices range from only $5 – $35.

Limited places will also be available to book on site at the Festival, from the Community Arts Office opposite the Fitzroy building.


Join the Parade

One of the highlights of the Festival, as the sun sets on Friday and Saturday night our lantern parade will wind through the Festival crowds. Sunday culminates with the Grand Parade, where costumed children from KidzFest join the lantern carrying creatives from Community Arts, all accompanied by circus performers, stilt walkers and top Festival bands. This visual feast will lead you into Borderland where an LED light show awaits. Be part of this wonderful experience by carrying your very own lantern or sculpture, created in Community Arts. Or if you’d rather watch the spectacle, follow the lights and laughter that our close knit community creates in this celebration of the Nash.


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Important Dates

2019 Volunteer Applications
Open Nov 1

2019 Performer Applications
Open 2 July 2018

2019 Stalls Applications
Open 1 Aug

2019 Instrument Maker Applications