Fairfax Festival to break new ground

CLOSING down a street and blasting out music in the name of art is something Swan Hill may not be accustomed to, but for Adrian Corbett, it's all part of the fun.

"I think someone said it's the first time in about 10 years that a street has been closed for an arts event in Swan Hill," Swan Hill Rural City Council's performing arts director told The Guardian.

"But I'm really excited."

While this year's Fairfax Festival will host its traditional programme of performance workshops for students, 2012 will also see the introduction of the Young Entertainers in the Street Festival (YESFest) as part of the week's activities.

McCallum street will be closed for the duration of YESFest, which will include a performance by Australian rock band Stonefield. 

"The idea came about because I needed something for the Fairfax kids to do on the Wednesday night," Mr Corbett said.

"But also because we had reached capacity for the festival — because of limited funding, the reality is we are limited in how many kids we can help.

"So we decided to create satellite festivals during the week and create an arts week."

He added that there would be some additions to the traditional Fairfax Festival line-up of performance tutorials.

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