The PAVE Festival 2017
Welcome to PAVE – Performing and Visual Arts in Emerald – Festival 2017! Eight days of exciting events across the Emerald township at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.
We respectfully acknowledge that the PAVE Festival is held on the traditional country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. This year we focus on shining a light in the dark; be that a unique art experience that lights us up on the inside, learning something new in a workshop that illuminates new possibilities, or literally looking up at the stars in the night sky.
Our cover image of a Wombat, is adapted from a linoprint by Chris A’Vard Britton. Wombats live and work by night in our environment despite the challenges of human habitation and are a unique and precious part of our ecology. We hope that by placing the Wombat front and centre we can encourage community mindfulness and care for the wombat, other animals and their habitats, that make up our unique local flora and fauna.
Artists are also a unique part of our hills ecology. They too sometimes work long into the night; be that the musician or the dancer rehearsing for their next performance, the painter tapping their brush or photographer changing their lens. We are immensely proud of the growing number of new and returning artists we have welcomed to PAVE in 2017.
We hope you explore and enjoy the variety of different events on offer. May they inspire and entertain you and open your mind and eyes to the wonders of what can be found when we dig a little and see what treasure is burrowed just under the surface of our dynamic community.