19 August and throughout September, York will be buzzing with the sound of
hundreds of volunteers working together to create a trail of giant straw
sculptures in the Japanese tradition of ‘Wara Art’ for the 2019 York
York Festival, presented by Live Lighter, opens on 28th September
and this year will be creating a trail of four new Wara Art sculptures of
endangered Australian animals.
organisers are inviting volunteers from across Australia to join the team of
three Japanese artists and three Australian artists for this unique community
Wara (rice straw) Art was developed as a way of finding a
creative use of the excess straw leftover at the end of the rice harvest.
Once used to make things like tatami mats, rice straw has been replaced by
modern synthetic materials, leaving farmers with an abundance of straw.
The resulting sculptures spawned a new art practice and Wara Art Festivals are
now held each year throughout Japan.
Ilsa Bennion, Wara Art Volunteer Coordinator says “The great news is that anyone can be a
volunteer on this project, you don’t need any special talent. You will have a lot of fun and we guarantee
you will walk away with new skills and lots of new friends”.
York is an easy one hour drive east of the Perth CBD, off the
Great Southern Highway. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the West
Australian Wheatbelt, the district offers unique insights into Western
Australia’s rich and colourful past, both before and following European
settlement in 1831.
As WA’s oldest inland town, The York Festival is a celebration of its location in the West Australian Wheatbelt, reflected in its program which includes the Running of the Lambs, A Day In Japan, the York Garden Art Trail, the Escape Maze, the annual York Society Art & Craft Award, From Hooves to Highways exhibition, Alli Butler’s premiere of 40 Year Old Popstar, walking tours such as Business Tips from the Richest Man in the Colony, the Medieval Fayre, Maker’s Market stalls every Sunday, lots of live music and other events.
For volunteer registrations and to find out more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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