Chill out in the Birch Forest

The Birch Forest will come to life in the hands of Griffith Regional Theatre and Art Gallery’s Manager Raina Savage and artist Anthea da Silva.

Art installations, live performing art, music writing and art-making workshops from acclaimed makers as well as a dedicated Kids Corner, full of fun activities.

All Day Events

Famous Frames Interactive Installation
Anthea da Silva

Chai Tent / Chill Space

Whale Installation
Hape Kiddle

Art Air Activities

Kids Activities

Griffith VW Orange Sculpture

Art Installations
Jess Forster

Workshops & Demonstrations

2:30pm Music writing workshop with Aduny Takele (AKIB)
4pm Lily & Violinist Dance Garden Performance Performance

Jess Forster

Born and raised in Griffith, Jess Forster is a sustainable textile artist and educator. She creates unique handmade felt objects, artworks and sculptures from locally sourced wool.

Jess wholeheartedly believes in the notion of ‘paying it forward’. Her recent projects, exhibitions, artworks and experiences are centred on sustainability. Each felted object manifests a social, cultural and environmental consciousness. The underlying “from farm to studio” mantra is unmistakable. As well an affinity with the land, her creative ethos extends into the values of community and social impact.

Jess is a Visual Arts teacher, and teaches felting workshops around Regional NSW. Jess feels that using local wool has become a ‘connector’: a connector to her community, to the nomadic history of humans, traditional rural crafts and to how society values the ‘handmade’. Her current practice balances on the boundary between sculpture and functional object. Each piece is organically moulded, inspired by her natural surrounds of the Australian bush. Recurring motifs of organic shaped ‘nests’, moons, seed pods and mountains.

Jess’ current body of work reflects her inquiry into our relationship with the planet – are we as humans, symbiotic or parasitic to our home?

Aduny Takele

AKIB (A King is Born) is a multi-genre musical project featuring Aduny Takele, 19. Originally from Ethiopia, AKIB moved to Griffith when he was 7. AKIB is an aspiring hip hop artists who at a young age has already featured among some of the leading hip hop artists in Australia. AKIB has supported REMI (Melbourne) and Joeslistics (Melbourne) in live shows, wowing crowds with his smooth bars.

AKIB blends hip-hop, funk and rock with Aduny’s youthful spirit and powerful voice giving a performance of strong verse coupled with a catchy and moving chorus.