Canberra creatives filming for the Where You Are Festival.

Canberra creatives filming ‘The Red Thread’ for the Where You Are Festival.

09 July 2020

Hey Canberra, have you been missing live entertainment and arts experiences over the last couple of months?

Well, the Where You Are Festival has exactly what you’ve been eagerly waiting for.

Want to take a satellite selfie? Fancy attending a live-streamed concert hosted by Hands Like Houses? Ready to revive your childhood love of T-Rex and his prehistoric mates with The National Dinosaur Museum’s podcast?

Then this is the festival for you. It is a two-month long program of exciting, vibrant events and experiences from local organisations, creators, event organisers, artists and businesses. It will run from 10 July until 11 September and can be enjoyed Where You Are.

While public health restrictions are in place, this new celebration will offer a range of online and offline events.

You can tap into your inner performer with interactive Shakespeare, poetry events and roving music and dance, or expand your mind with fascinating podcasts and engaging talks about climate change.

Capture what you love about Canberra with guided photography walks, bush play and bush craft, or take part in one of the world’s biggest selfies! Enjoy alternative variety shows, create your own masterpiece with recycled materials or join with others to create a shared community artwork.

Test your nerve watching circus artists or explore Canberra’s future with participatory theatre games. Or maybe your ears deserve a treat with musical highlights from indigenous composers, local bands or a virtual concert while pleasing your palate with local food and wine.

There are also plenty of opportunities to play and learn with the whole family or enjoy world premiere performances of brand-new work like web series ‘The Red Thread’.

“I’m stoked to present The Red Thread at the Where You Are Festival. The Red Thread is a short web series which makes use of the Instagram platform to deliver bite sized episodes to its audience; one episode per day over eight days,” said Sebastian Chan, an award-winning filmmaker from Canberra.

“This format works well in our new normal with COVID distancing guidelines, taking a short film of 24 minutes that would usually be seen at a film festival in a cinema and splitting it into episodes that can be viewed from the comfort and safety of one's home.”

Where You Are Festival is providing a helping hand to the local arts and events sector through a $240,000 investment and provides an opportunity for 20 local organisations, creators, event organisers, artists and businesses to connect with the community.

“Receiving funding and being included in the 'Where You Are Festival' program has been a lifeline in these extraordinary and difficult times,” said Sebastian.

You can plan your festival experience now at, home to the Where You Are Festival program.

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