Ephemeral Festival Gallery
When art and creativity was at the heart of Panboola wetlands.
This online gallery celebrates the Ephemeral festivals staged annually by The Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project.
Slideshow photographs by Kylofoto
Y-Fling performing Eco-Motion 2019
FLING's youngest performance companies YfLiNG & Flux Creators performed a new site specific piece called Eco-Motion for the 2019 Ephemeral Festival.
It was wonderful dancing amongst such a warm crowd - thank you for this special opporunity Pambula Wetlands & Heritage Project, Bega Valley Shire Council & Belinda Rosenbaum!
Music - Christopher Benstead
source: Fling Physical Theatre Facebook page
source: Bega Valley Regional Gallery Facebook page
source: Ursula's Weekly Wanders facebook page
A CELEBRATION OF IMPERMANENCE : THE EPHEMERAL FESTIVAL, PANBOOLA WETLANDS, NSW AUSTRALIA
written by Ursula - found here:
Ursula's Weekly Wanders | Facebook
Public Art – Local Heritage – Public Space
It was a glorious Autumn day.
The mood of the participants at the annual Ephemeral – a one day festival celebrating the ever-changing light and landscape of the Panboola Wetlands – was one of gratitude: gratitude for the weather, which was allowing us to wander and workshop outdoors in comfort; gratitude for the space, which is protected by its Environmental Organisation status; and gratitude for the community, whose members had managed to remain in good cheer, and had come together to commune, educate, and entertain.
It has been a long couple of years in this section of the country – as it has in many parts of the world. The festival was cancelled last year because of the Covid lockdowns, and for many months before that, communities in the area were battling unprecedented fires. In the weeks before the festival, many locals were again cut off: this time by flooding caused by well-above-average rainfalls that pummelled us for days. And, while fluctuating water-levels are be expected in a floodplain, the waters swept through at such a damaging rate that even heavy benches were moved.
Fortunately, the Panboola Wetlands are supported by an army of volunteers who swung into action as soon as the rains abated, and by the time the festival was upon us, the walking tracks and open spaces winding around 82 hectare-space looked wonderful. When I arrived on the day, shortly before the festival was due to open up to the public, yarn art and origami cranes decorated the trees, and the artists and crafts-people and volunteers were already busy setting up.
Since my first visit to the Wetlands in 2013 (see: The Pinnacles and Panboola), I’ve become a volunteer – albeit not a very regular or conscientious one. But, I’m happy to spend a few weekly hours cleaning pathways, or counting flying foxes, or weeding out invasive plant species. There is something about these lands: every time I walk onto them, I feel a lifting of my spirit.
The Ephemeral festival is a collaboration between the Lonely Arts Club Pambula and the Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project. Through various grants from State, Regional and Local governments, it show-cases local talent and draws the community in to celebrate this unique landscape.
In years past, I’ve been away while the festival has been on, so I was looking forward to wandering with my cameras this year.
It did not disappoint!