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: .