MAX21 (Mountains Arts Xpo 2021), an initiative of BMCAN (Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network) is rapidly gaining support from the lively, talented community of creatives and members of the tourism and business sectors.
Realising how each part of the community depends on the other to attract visitors to sustain and grow the local economy, BMCAN, a local community arts organisation, decided to initiate an annual arts festival.
MAX21 was created with the express purpose of building a rapidly growing event that highlights the best artisanal work that the Blue Mountains has to offer while promoting and acknowledging the contribution of other parts of the community.
"We want this to be an annual 'diary date' for both locals and visitors so we all benefit from creatives, hospitality, accommodation, i.e. all of us," said Julie Ankers, artistic director of the Artisan Spring Fair, a feature of MAX21.
MAX21 organisers have created a nine-day calendar of events.
The Artisans Spring Fair will take place in the grounds of the Fairmont over two weekends - 9/10th and 16/17th of October - while two Saturday night concerts featuring top music acts, other live music events, a play reading, open studio visits and workshops will occur throughout the mountains from October 9 to 17.
BMCAN is also planning to launch Fluidity, an innovative online multi-arts collaborative project using Creative Commons principles to manage copyright issues. To get involved, contact Tim K Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two further events will also take place at The Cultural Centre, a collaboration between BMCAN's Wild Mountain Collective, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI) and the Aboriginal Cultural Resources Centre (ACRC) while local arts organisations have been asked to join in under the MAX21 umbrella to take advantage of BMCAN's regional marketing.