Local entertainment for uneARTh Festival

FRINGE: Local muso Emily Rawlings (left) will be performing live while D'faces of Youth Arts will be hosting Area 53 at the uneARTh Festival.
FRINGE: Local muso Emily Rawlings (left) will be performing live while D'faces of Youth Arts will be hosting Area 53 at the uneARTh Festival.

The list of local acts for the uneARTh Festival is so stacked, it’s hard to know where to start.

However, it’s hard to go wrong if you choose to see singer-songerwriter Emily Rawlings performing solo. She promises to bring a range of genres to their festival, which will please both young and old.

“I’ll be playing old music, new music and everything in between. That way everyone’s happy,” she said.

But Emily does describe herself as an ‘old soul’ who enjoys playing old music from the 60’s. Her main influences are Janis Joplin, Pink and Adele.

Emily’s also running a creative musical instrument workshop where kids will have the opportunity to create percussion instruments using recycled materials.

“I have an entire lounge room full of recycled materials, so I’m hoping for a good turnout from the kids. It will kind of be a ‘do what you please’ workshop,” she said.

As a member of the Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee Emily will help organise the steel city’s famous Rainbow Run, a popular event which is coming to the uneARTh Festival for the second time.

“Last year we doubled the amount of people participating, so this year we are expecting huge numbers. We’ve been collecting all the colour over the past couple of weeks, we’re all very excited,” Emily said.

Once you’re done listening to Emily, you should definitely go and check out the D’faces of Youth immersive theatre experience Area 53.

Eric Parsons and his fellow Association for the Response to and Science of Extraterrestrials members will take you inside the Government’s top secret research centre Area 53 and to see what’s inside.

Company Manager Olivia White said that the young members of D’faces were excited to be working with award-winning theatre makers Claire Glenn and Anthony Kelly in the production.

“It is wonderful for youth to be included in the award winning UneARTh Festival and share their original work with their community,” she said.

“We are grateful for grant funding from the Australian Government through The Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA along with the support of Whyalla City Council, community fundraising and Carclew.”

D’faces are also running a circus workshop where they teach the tricks of the trade.

“The workshop will feature introduction to tumbles and stands on our acro-mats, juggling balls and rings, hula hooping, devil sticks, and poi and spinning plates,” Ms White said. Area 53 will be running throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday, while the circus workshop will be running from 3:30 to 4:15pm on Friday and 3:30-3:45pm on Saturday. Emily will be performing solo from 2:15 to 3pm and her workshop will be held from 5 to 5:30pm on Friday.