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Arbour Festival is a celebration of the Snowy Valleys region led by local bushfire-affected artists.

Beginning on 28 December, exactly one year after the Dunns Road Fire wrought havoc in the region for 50 days, Arbour Festival will begin its own 50-day run; growing new possibilities as the community commences a new year beyond the fire that changed everything.

Surrounded by soaring trees which survived the blaze, visitors will be able to experience ephemeral installation artworks in a variety of mediums. Exhibitions featuring works from local artists will also run at venues in Tumut, Tumbarumba and Batlow.

A curated series of workshops will allow participants to learn about a range of crafts and skills including Aboriginal weaving, feltmaking, pyrography, nature photography and recording their family history.

Additionally, the Woodland Film Festival will break its four-year hiatus to return for Arbour Festival on 30 January and, for the first time in its history, will be able to fulfil its original vision of producing the festival in the true forest setting it was inspired by. The featured film, ‘Sweet Tooth’, is narrated by Cate Blanchett and was the last film made at Sugar Pine before the fire.

The Arbour Festival finale on 13 February will be an outdoor concert led by Aria-Award winner Fanny Lumsden, backed by regional talent including William Crighton, Montgomery Church and Rory Phillips.

For more information, see Arbour Festival on Facebook or visit the website.

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