We invite you to come along to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Bundeena Maianbar Art of Living Festival. This festival highlights our community's talents, diversity, values and spirit. Ours is a unique community full of creative people. This year especially, there will be something at this Festival to please everyone.
The main Festival day is Sunday 28th August, with all-day entertainment showcasing our local artists, musicians and writers. For the full festival lineup, check out our 2016 Festival Program and Flyer.
The setting is Bundeena Oval, Liverpool St in Bundeena, nestled in the midst of the Royal National Park.
Friday 26th August, Art Exhibition Opening Night - Bundeena Community Centre
The Opening Night of the 2016 Art Of Living Art Exhibition will be held in the Bundeena Community Centre starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments served - $20 entry. Many internationally recognised local artists will be exhibiting, please come and join us. The Art Exhibition will also open all day Saturday and Sunday. For details and more information, click here
Saturday 27th August, Village Fair - Bundeena Oval
The Village Fair is on again, with lots of activities for locals of Bundeena and Maianbar. Check out the Village Fair menu above for more info.
Don't forget to come and visit the Great Afternoon Tea on Saturday afternoon at the Community Centre, where you can purchase a locally handmade cup for $15, sample local baked goods and tea donated by T2.
After a fun filled day of activities, why not spend the night on the back oval of Bundeena, camping out under the stars, toasting marshmellows around the campfire and watch some Jedi Jousting action.
Sunday 28th August, Festival Day - Bundeena Oval & Community Centre
On Sunday 28th August the Festival really rocks. From 10am till 4pm you'll be entertained by a great line-up of local bands performing varied styles of music. Bring a rug and picnic or buy a feast from the many Food & Market Stalls. There'll be rides for the kids and a Traditional Medieval sword play demonstrations by Einherjar
What a perfect weekend for the whole family!
For more information, visit the various sections of our website by using the menu above, email us or
check us out on
Pottery Pit Firing & Camping
The somewhat unorthodox method used to achieve the artist’s unique & unrepeatable surface finishes is called pit fired pottery. This is an ancient & unconventional process that uses natural, organic waste materials to make marks on the surface of the clay instead of chemical glazes.
Pit fired ceramics are the result of mixing the earthly elements of earth, water, air & fire (& perhaps a little ether?), with just the right combination, for just the right length of time, in just the right quantities, in order to attain something transcendent from something as base as dirt & organic waste; it is pure alchemy.
The artists will utilise eucalyptus leaves, gum bark, flowers & foliage, seaweed & sea grasses, eggshell & cuttlefish, nut husks & shells and even scat, to name a few ingredients.
These earthly elements are put together with our ceramics, & fired at temperatures reaching near 1000°C. This uncontrolled combustion & containment transforms these ingredients from solid to gas, releasing the naturally occurring minerals & organic compounds found within. These opportunistic vapours instead permeate the surface of the clay, creating an unpredictable & unrepeatable transference of colour, pattern & texture, which permanently fuses with the clay body, resulting in a completely spontaneous & natural surface decoration without the need for any chemical glazes whatsoever.
As you can imagine, firing this way means that each & every work of art produced by the artist is as unique & individual as the person who owns it. No two pieces are alike.
The Art of Living committee cordially invites you to participate in a PIT FIRED POTTERY event that will coincide with the Community Bonfire evening on Saturday 27th August 2016. Camping is also available if you choose to stay the evening and enjoy the festivities, with local Bed and Breakfast options also available if you prefer. The Art of Living Festival will also be hosting music and light show entertainment on Saturday night to coincide with the firing, with Sunday our Festival Market day! So it truly is a family friendly event! All participants will be allocated fire duty, and security details to ensure that this is a fun and safe event.
ENTRY FEE: $55 per 3 pieces of pottery (including camping)
CAMPING FEE: $25 per tent (for non-participating artists)
Please bring your pieces of pottery to the Back Oval in Bundeena on Saturday 27 August, 2016 before 10:00am. Your pieces should be a maximum of 20cm x 20cm. Please insure they are made of clay that is suitable for raku (heavily grogged) and have already been bisque fired.
We are encouraging artists to try using natural colorants or trial raw firing, as we are focusing on the ancient forms of the art. The bonfire is a community event & we expect people in close proximity to the fire, so please limit the use of caustic substances or chemicals that can cause respiratory irritation. Straw, sawdust and wood will be provided for the firing. If you would like additional materials, please bring them along on the day.
Artists are required to assist with the firing, and we will assign 1-2-hour shifts. Camping on site is available, alternatively there are many fine bed & breakfasts available in Bundeena & Maianbar.
The pottery will be exhibited on Sunday as part of the Art of Living Art Show. You are welcome to price them for sale or mark them not for sale (30% commision applies for all sales). Collection of your pieces will be after 4:00pm Sunday 28 August from the Community Centre.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.
SPACE IS LIMITED
The Great Afternoon Tea
This year, all baked and preserved goods that are entered into the Bake off at the Village Fair, Saturday 27th August, during the Art of Living Festival (AofL) will be donated to our first ever AofL fundraiser. Potters and the Arts and Crafts group, plus friends from the village have been busy making tea and coffee cups, (that will fit most coffee making machines, though coffee will not be available on the day) for this event. T2 is providing all the teas, chais, and ice teas, and volunteers on the day will help you select a yummy entry from the cake, scones, cupcakes, preserves for you to try.
First, select a cup, (that you can take home), then something fabulous to eat, and chose from a selection of amazing teas from T2. Have a seat and enjoy a cuppa while you catch up with friends and family. The cost is only $15 and all the proceeds will go to continuing our village’s unique Art of Living Festival. Did you know that this festival has been running for 21 years, and we want to keep it going!
Please help us make this a wonderful event by volunteering, or making something fabulous for the competition, and of course coming round for your teacup/coffee cup, baked goods and tea.
We will be holding this event outside of the Community Centre kitchen on Saturday, August 27th from 2pm - 4pm or until we run out of goodies and tea!
Cups made by the Bundeena Arts & Crafts group
Saturday Night Campout
Interested in camping, but don't want to be too far away from modern conveniences and life. Why not try camping at this years Festival?
As part of this year's festival, we're offering people the option of camping on Saturday 27th August on the back oval in Bundeena, to coincide with the pottery pit firing which will be taking place nearby.
Cost is $25 per campsite, with Bundeena Primary P&C onsite from 5:30pm, offering campfire food, soups, damper and desert - Prices from $5 - $15.00, to help raise funds for the P&C.
Free Jedi Jousting happening at 7pm and 9pm on the back oval.
If you're interested in camping, please register here and don't forget to bring the marshmallows for roasting by the campfire whilst singing a few songs.