Every year across five days, public spaces and scarcely-inhabited nooks of Canberra’s CBD come alive with eclectic artistic activity.
It’s the You Are Here festival
, and according to Managing Producer Vanessa Wright, it’s bigger and more exciting than it has been the past couple of years.
“It’s a really exciting program for us full of participatory works, full of experimental works that are a bit odd and strange and silly and we’re really excited for audiences to see them,” Vanessa says.
Vanessa is one of the many ANU connections to the festival, having graduated in 2010 with a degree in Art History and Curatorship
. Her fellow Managing Producer Adelaide Rief studied Arts/Law.
“This is probably the biggest involvement we’ve had from ANU students over the course of the festival, which is really exciting,” Vanessa says.
“Which is really great for us since that is a connection we want to foster through ANU and You Are Here.”
ANU students are involved in a broad range of 2016 You Are Here events, from the Dogchat podcast
– to be presented live from a dog park in O’Connor – to three events at which the ANU Experimental Music Studio
will be performing.
“I’d encourage students to come along,” Vanessa enthuses.
“The festival is almost entirely free and it’s accessible given it’s in the city; you can take a bike ride, walk.
“It’s an exciting way to discover the city and our community of artists. It’s a really supportive and engaged community.”
CASS students, alumni and staff are involved in the following events:
ANU Experimental Music Studio
Performing and facilitating interactive music activities at
ANU Photography and Media Arts
Lauretta Flack (Art History and Curatorship/Law) and Gillian Ferguson (Arts/Law)
Presenting their ‘pup culture’ podcast Dogchat
from the Inner North Dog Park in O’Connor.
Gowrie Varma (Arts/Law)
Presenting performance piece Hungry