2013 Festival: 12-14 April
Friday through Sunday
Two Fires is an unusual festival combining activism with arts.
It celebrates the works of a vigorous artistic community.
It Fans the Flames of activism.
Arts and activism blend, each feeding the potency of the other.
It honours and carries forward the spirit of poet Judith Wright’s twin passions, art and activism, particularly environmental and indigenous activism. It also celebrates female creativity.
This year’s theme: Fanning the Flames
We take some exciting new directions in youth, dance, music and film: young on-line activists and indigenous poets, indigenous dance, a classical concert and a film festival.
Highlights for 2013 –
• a forum on Once and Future Landscape Care, exploring the implications of Bill Gammage’s prize-winning, transformative book on the intricately managed pre-1788 landscape: The Biggest Estate on Earth
• Friday classical chamber concert In Praise of the Feminine, exploring the creativity of neglected women composers
• Saturday concert A Duo of Duos featuring young pop/folk/love duo Microwave Jenny and the renowned wicked-fun duo Shortis and Simpson
Other innovations for 2013 –
• a forum on Activism in the Digital Age
• indigenous poets FIRED UP
• a free, open forum featuring Eden-Monaro candidates for the federal election in September
• reduce your footprint – grow and eat local, healthy food
• a festival of activist films
• new words for an anthem – contributed words that might update the national anthem.
Plus the mix of art, music, creative workshops, forums, ceremonies, kid’s works, walking, talking, singing and fun that have made this one of the most innovative little festivals around.
The festival started in 2005, and is held every two years.