Join us for the FINAL weekend of Festival Activities

The York Festival closes this weekend leaving York with 6 stunning Wara Art straw sculptures depicting endangered Australian species. Already thousands of admirers have fallen in love with these gorgeous creatures over the last two weekends.

The Numbat, Western Ground Parrot, Western Swamp Tortoise, Murray Cod, Rakali and Bilby now form the Wara Art Trail, and you can view these incredible sculptures at Peace Park, the old convent school carpark, Railway St, cnr of Monger & South St, Faversham House and York Olive Oil. (Faversham House & York Olive Oil are fully accessible during normal hours of operation.)

The closing weekend of the festival includes something for everyone!

The festival culminates with the Free Community Concert in Peace Park featuring WA artists Kat Wilson, The Terror Adaptors, The Skelton Collective, Natasha Eldridge and MC Chris Gibbs.

See you soon!

FIND THE FEATURE – Answers!

Find the Feature is I Spy with a difference! 60 Beautiful architectural features are detailed in our flyer, that you can obtain at the York Visitor Centre. All you have to do is spot 60 unique architectural features on the buildings in York – look up, look down, look everywhere ( but all are within walking distance of the Town Hall).

  1. Castle Hotel
  2. Imperial Hotel
  3. Avon Real Estate
  4. Sargent’s Pharmacy
  5. St Patrick’s
  6. Courthouse
  7. York Palace Hotel
  8. Post Office
  9. Courthouse
  10. Castle Hotel
  11. Town Hall
  12. Convent School
  13. Castle Hotel
  14. Avon Real Estate
  15. St Patrick’s
  16. Old School
  17. Old school
  18. St Patrick’s
  19. Town Hall
  20. Botanicalia / Gallery 152
  21. Motor Museum
  22. Catholic Presbytery
  23. St Patrick’s
  24. Motor Museum
  25. Barclay Books
  26. Masonic Hall
  27. Town Hall
  28. Motor Museum
  29. St Patrick’s
  30. Town Hall
  31. Town Hall
  32. Jules / Wayward Nomad
  33. Post Office
  34. Sargent’s Pharmacy
  35. Westpac Bank
  36. Town Hall
  37. Motor Museum
  38. Davies Buildings
  39. Town Hall
  40. Masonic Hall
  41. Barclay Books
  42. St Patrick’s
  43. Botanicalia / Gallery 152
  44. Motor Museum
  45. Davies Buildings
  46. Masonic Hall
  47. Barclay Books
  48. Courthouse
  49. St Patrick’s
  50. Masonic Hall
  51. Rear Convent
  52. Courthouse
  53. Patchwork on Avon
  54. Central Buildings/ York Pharmacy
  55. Café 159 / Country Fried Chicken / Mad Mo’s
  56. Town Hall
  57. Post Office
  58. St Patrick’s
  59. Barclay Books
  60. Barclay Books

Last call for Stall Holders!

Stall holders are invited to apply for a stall at the Makers Market – York  

Sunday 29 September 2019
Sunday 5 October 2019
Sunday 13 October 2019


The York Festival presented by Live Lighter is an established annual festival that attracted thousands of visitors to York last year.  The festival runs across two full weeks, spanning three weekends.  The opening weekend of the festival is marked by the Medieval Fayre which has a huge following, the closing weekend of the festival features the Art & Craft Awards, another well established event that has been running for over 50 years.
 
This year the festival highlights include the creation of 4 giant straw sculptures.  This cultural artist exchange began in 2018 and has created huge interest and publicity state wide.

There will be a Maker’s Market every Sunday of the festival. If you create lovely products that bring joy and happiness to your customers, then we would love to include you!
Find out more and apply…

Come and be a puppet master!!

We are so excited to bring String Symphony to York on the 28th and 29th of September. To make this event a success we are seeking members of the community to volunteer to receive some training from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre on 27th September and to be available to work alongside the professional puppeteers over the two days.

This means learning the backstory and reviewing the script so they understand what’s needed. Adults are preferred and will need to have current Working With Children certification.

Please email hello@yorkfestival.com.au with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre volunteer in the subject heading.

Help create spectacular Straw Sculptures – volunteer registration open!

From 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 Festival. 

The 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. 

Festival organisers are inviting volunteers from across Australia to join the team of three Japanese artists and three Australian artists for this unique community art project. 

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: hello@yorkfestival.com.au

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Put the York Festival on your travel route

In 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 Festival.  The 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 fauna. 

As happened last year, hundreds of volunteers from across Australia are expected to join our team of three Japanese artists and three Australian artists for this unique community art project.  York welcomes those travelling with their mobile homes, offering free overnight accommodation in the centre of town, and boasts a caravan park at the base of Mt Bakewell.  Volunteers interested in staying at least two nights are offered free camping in town behind the Botanicalia café on Avon Terrace. 

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, a garden art trail, the annual 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, lots of live music, the Medieval Fayre and other events. The Festival runs from 28th September to 13th October.  Most events are free but keep an eye on our website for details.  For volunteer registrations contact: hello@yorkfestival.com.au.