The PAVE Festival 2014

The Performing And Visual arts in Emerald, better known as the PAVE Festival has taken the honour of being Cardinia Shire Council’s 2013 Event of the Year at the recent Australia Day celebrations. The PAVE Festival for 2014 concluded on April the 13th.

The Festival is unique:

PAVE runs over an entire week with events every day and evening. Over 200 performers and artists contribute to the PAVE festival. PAVE offers something for every taste, age, ability and interest.

The PAVE program gets better each year. For the first time PAVE kicked off with the Emerald FunFest on Sunday 6 April 2014, an enormous street festival that featured rides, street performances, a number of music stages (including Battle of the Bands/open mic), a dance stage, art and photographic exhibitions and over 100 quality food and market stalls.

The international food court had something for every taste! people relaxed with a glass of wine, watching the free entertainment, marveling at the colourfully costumed steampunks, whilst the kids tried out some of the other free events amongst the artisan stalls and festivity.

A world music concert capped off the first day featuring the brilliant soulful reggae rhythms of the African dance band, Blak Roots, along with Ukelele and a Japanese drumming group. Every day was jam packed with a variety of events that provided great activities throughout the school holidays.

Workshops held during the week helped people fine tune their skills or try something new, whilst kids had fun with school holiday activities including shaving cream art, dream puppets and an interactive kid’s rock concert, to name a few. Others chose to see an exhibition or came along to one of the amazing evening events like Abbie Cardwell & The Chicano Rockers – a 10 piece Mexican “Rocanrol” band inspired by vintage Mexican music of the 50′s and 60′s sung in Spanglish and performed by a bunch of gringos and one Latino at the huge Family Fiesta night on Saturday 12 April. The Family Fiesta night also featured a variety of circus & dance and comedy acts with a selection of Mexican food and lots of fun activities for the kids.

In 2014, PAVE saw many fantastic live musicians including guitar virtuoso Matthew Fagan who held a number of amazing workshops and performances throughout the entire week. Guitar genius Ken Nicol delighted us on Friday 11th April with his light sense of humour and amazing skill. Earlier we had the pleasure of experiencing the raw talent of four exceptional female musicians: Abbie Cardwell, Tracey Roberts, Ange Boxall and Marisa Yeaman; all featuring in this year’s 3MDR sponsored Women in Song night.

Despite a few showers earlier in the day during the last weekend of the festival, we had Viv Rogis take us on a guided tour through a ten acre garden, blending movement and the natural environment with “Circling the Brink“. PAVE also saw dozens of musicans spread all across Emerald at The General Food Store, Zest and at Emerald Lake Park. A fantastic week of live entertainment all round!

The festival wound down on Sunday 13th April with literary events for readers and writers, Jazz at a local winery and the famous Golden Cow Literary Awards.

Stay tuned for the 2015 Festival which will celebrate PAVE’s 10th Anniversary!

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PAVE 2012 - Emerald - Juggling
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