Sydney’s first place-based festival opens up the heart of Blacktown in a three-week event inspired by the stories, characters, and artists from this dynamic Western Sydney community.
Presented by Urban Theatre Projects, this new arts festival will feature works responding to the local landscape while showcasing the talents, vitality and personal stories of emerging and established artists from across Western Sydney and beyond.
RHRN. will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday across three weeks from November 1-17.
RHRN. will unveil five newly commissioned artworks made in collaboration with more than 25 young and emerging Western Sydney artists.
A ticket to RHRN. invites the audience to experience the site-specific works presented in restaurants, arcades and public spaces along Blacktown’s Main Street. All ticketholders will dine together as part of the experience at a selection of local Persian, Ethiopian and Afghan restaurants.
Highlights of this new festival include:
The Nightline: Award-winning theatre director Roslyn Oades in collaboration with six young people has created an immersive audio-led theatre work based on the provocation, “What Happens After Midnight?”. The work builds on research begun in 2016 which saw the artist set up a night-line phone message service to collect audio.
Team Trampoline: Contemporary visual and textiles Adelaide artist Meg Wilson has collaborated with Sydney artist Nicole Barakat to weave eight trampoline mats from different textiles and fabrics in collaboration with local residents and students from Rooty Hill High School. The work is part large-scale installation, part choreographed live performance.
Internationally acclaimed tabla player Maharshi Raval will collaborate with young musicians to compose two new works for percussion, which will be performed live by seven percussionists.
Darug women Corina Norman-Dadd and Julie Jones, together with Uncle Lexodious Dadd, feature in a short-film shot on location at the Blacktown Native Institution site. The Institution played a key role in the history of colonial assimilation policies and race relations in Australia. Award winning Western Sydney Visual Artist Tom Polo has been commissioned to create a series of flags and banners to ‘dress’ the streets of downtown Blacktown.
Finally, artist Rajni Shah & Collaborators are in-residence with their project Feminist Killjoys Reading Group. The group is a growing community of people who identify as feminist killjoys, or who wish to learn more about the figure of the feminist killjoy in a respectful and inclusive setting.