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06 November 2019
By LOTTE REITER
A first-time Nati Frinj Biennale director has praised the 2019 event as an ‘expectation-exceeding showcase’ of what makes a small town tick.
The Natimuk festival extended across three days at the weekend, bringing together artists, performers, creators, makers and communities in a celebration of culture.
Director Hannah French said it was exciting to see the event come together, which featured everything from aerial performances in a giant bamboo structure to retro dance classes.
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“It was my first time as festival director this year and I wasn’t sure what the experience would be like on the day,” she said.
“But it was wonderful and completely exceeded my expectations.
“On Sunday with the market, people were saying it was the most cars they have ever seen in Natimuk at one time.
“People were having to park up one end of town and walk all the way to the other side there were that many people.
“The Styckx theatre in particular, in all the chaos of the festival, was just a gorgeous stillness and really beautiful.”
Ms French said discussions with artists and performers, as well as community consultation, would kick-start the idea-generation process for the next Nati Frinj Biennale.
“I just want to say a big thank you to all the people and groups who made it happen,” she said.
“Especially Horsham Town Hall, Natimuk Lake Caravan Park and the generosity of the performers.
“To see that people can share so much generosity and kindness, that’s what makes a small town tick and I think it’s why so many people love it in Natimuk.”
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