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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Arts Restart supports: FAST CARS & DIRTY BEATS: Lantern & Puppet Making Workshop

May & June. Bathurst. Calling all makers and creators! Looking for a creative outlet? Join an exciting new Local Stages performance event.

FAST CARS & DIRTY BEATS is a community performance project that uses large-scale puppetry, physical theatre and cabaret to tell the story the beating heart of Bathurst- a tale about the mountain and what it means to us all. In your car and on Mt. Panorama/ Wahluu this high-octane show promises to get your engines revving, your toes tapping and yours hearts racing.

Supported by BMEC, BRAG and ArtsOutWest this new work is being created by a multidisciplinary team of eleven professional artists led by Writer/Director Kate Smith and includes First Nations Curator Aleshia Lonsdale, sculptor Harrie Fasher, Digital Media Artist Nicole Welch, physical theatre practitioner Adam Deusien of Lingua Franca and composer Tim Hansen, musician Rob Shannon. Students from CSU and three rural schools; Perthville, Raglan and O’Connell have been invited to participate in Masterclasses in Lantern -making.

The team is now throwing open the doors to invite the Community along. Workshops in giant puppet, fire-sculpture and lantern- making will be held over three weekends from May- July. Bring the whole family. No experience necessary!

The works created at the community workshop will feature in FAST CARS & DIRTY BEATS premiering next year.


Led by Phil Relf of IKARA Celebratory Events – a theatre-company specialising in transforming
community spaces into places of awe and wonder and renowned sculptor Harrie Fasher, the
workshop will train participants in design and construction of beautiful awe-inspiring


Saturday May 8 and Sunday 9th – Tremain’s Mill, Bathurst
Saturday June and Sunday 6th- BMEC
Saturday July 31st and Sunday August 1st- BMEC
TIME: 11-6pm


Choose which workshop you would prefer – lanterns, puppet or firesculpture when you register. Contact Kylie Shead @BMEC

IMAGE: lantern making. Credit: IKARA Celebratory Events

This project is produly supported by Arts OutWest through the NSW Governmen’ts Arts Restart.