The community inspired and community led event showcases the amazing talents of local young people and unearths some of the ‘hidden’ Aboriginal artists in our community. The festival supports and encourages collaborations and new relationships between the Aboriginal and broader community and creates a forum for interaction with other groups including the local-based refugee community, international students and mental health groups.
The inaugural Festival of the Brave was held on Saturday 13 December, 2014 at the Armidale Showgrounds. As detailed at the bottom of this page, it included a week-long program of workshops and events.
Beyond Empathy created a workshop, event and performance program that built on the spirit and success of 2013’s Rainbow Ridge Songlines and Silver City Songlines in 2012. The creative process places young people at the centre of the story telling process, recognizing they can be the agents for change in their own lives and the life of the broader community.
Armidale Dumaresq Council coordinated a Visual Artists’ Market that provided many of the talented and hidden local artists a venue to showcase their work.
Arts North West worked to create links and ensure pathways for artists to take their work further – including to Black Arts Market in Sydney.
The Festival of the Brave builds on other Beyond Empathy (BE) projects for Aboriginal culture and youth including No Shame Day, Access All Areas and The Maven Project. The cross-community, multi-arts event is managed in partnership with Armidale Dumaresq Council, The Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council and Arts North West.
The Festival of the Brave is part of the Beyond Empathy project ACCESS ALL AREAS – opening doors to community for young people in Armidale. Access all Areas has received NSW government funding through the Office of Communities. The Festival of the Brave project is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts and The Australia Council for the Arts.