It’s time to reveal the line-up for UNIFY 2021, the 25th annual Shepparton Festival. Starting on the long weekend in June, the festival runs over 17 days, from 11 to 27 June. Watch the Goulburn Valley unfold as it hosts over 50 events, showcasing more than 200 artists in 25 venues. The program delivers a diverse range of events including visual arts, music, conversation, performance and workshops in a line-up of unique events you won’t want to miss.
For the first time in its history, the festival will be held during winter. Festival Creative Director, Jamie Lea says, “This adds a fresh perspective. The cooler weather and longer evenings have provided opportunities for different and exciting events that take advantage of the dark, as well as providing a cosy backdrop for our food and drink events. The trail of murals and projections, and our spectacular event at the multi-storey carpark in the Shepparton CBD are particularly exciting additions this year. “
Highlights for this year include Unify the Senses, a sound, light and movement spectacular, Converge on the Goulburn, one of Greater Shepparton’s largest free community events and Shine on Greater Shepp, a series of projections and murals, featuring local and internationally renowned artists. Awaken Dance Theatre Company return performing Within presented in partnership with The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach. Still Here, performed by Yorta-Yorta man Neil Morris presents Nyanak Baiyiya, Nyanak Nanyubak, Nyanak Woka meaning We are Song, We are Dreaming, We are Country. Featuring a compelling blend of performance, story and conversation, this special evening will evoke further reflection about the position First Peoples, Song, and Story have in the present.
When considering the theme for the 2021 Festival it was impossible to avoid reflecting on the year that was. Festival Creative Director, Jamie Lea says “Fear, isolation and uncertainty were all realities of 2020, but we also saw great strength, innovation, and unity rise up within both our local and global communities. It was from this contemplation that this year’s theme arose.”
Festival Chair, Kirsten Green says “To me UNIFY signifies Greater Shepparton. Our ‘unity in diversity’ is what makes Greater Shepparton a great place to live. And to unify – to come together – will be what strengthens us and enables us to thrive in the future.”
Head to the Festival website for registrations and ticket sales and follow the Facebook page for further announcements. Shepparton Festival opens Friday 11thJune.