Ewingar Rising, a fundraising festival that was bringing live music to rural NSW in mid-September, has been rescheduled for the weekend of 1-3 April 2022.
Organiser Nadine Myers said “When the COVID outbreaks began to creep into regional areas, we figured we’d need to postpone and started our planning. The good news is that all but two of the artists who were to play in September have confirmed that they will play at the Festival in April. There will be some changes to the schedule – with Ash Grunwald playing on the Sunday night, and we’re negotiating some additional surprises and treats for the audience.”
Ewingar Rising brings live music to the beautiful Clarence Valley area and is this small rural community’s way of ‘saying thank you’ to the artists who helped their community raise funds after the area was devastated by the 2019 Black Summer bushfires. Many of those artists who generously played for free then went on to lose gigs during the lockdowns.
“We’re hoping that by April – a really beautiful time at Ewingar – we’ll be able to gather safely – and even dance,” said Nadine Myers.
Ticket holders can automatically roll over their tickets or request a refund by midnight 31st October 2021.
In the meantime, the organising team is looking at ways to support all the Ewingar Rising artists over the next months. They’ll share these opportunities on the Ewingar Rising Music Festival Events Page on Facebook, and on the website www.ewingarrising.com.au, and welcome suggestions.
“We’re really keen to find ways to help these artists who helped us after the bushfires,” said Hayley Katzen from the organising team. “Music – and artists – are essential to the well-being of our communities – they’re our front-line workers. We’re keen to do what we can to help them survive these financially and emotionally tough times.”
“We’re also really grateful that the funding bodies are allowing us to roll over the grant money,” said Hayley Katzen. “With grants from Destination NSW, Healthy North Coast Primary Health Network, Essential Energy, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, The Yulgilbar Foundation and sponsorship from local business Mountain Blue we are able to pay the artists and offer affordable ticket prices for what will – eventually – be a great weekend.”
Tickets for the 2022 Festival are available through Eventbrite.com.au. Early bird tickets have been extended, and refunds will be available if the event is again postponed.
“At this stage, we have decided to keep numbers capped to ensure we can hold a COVID safe event in April 2022”, said Nadine Myers. Enquiries to [email protected]