Cathy McGowan AO, Federal Member for Indi, is looking forward to a community event with a focus on fun, family and festivity and opening a significant project that will have positive benefits for Yackandandah and help boost tourism in Indi.
The 17th Yackandandah Folk Festival is being held for three days, starting on Friday, March 21, and includes a diverse range of entertainment, including music, singing and dancing, literature and poetry, theatre and film, visual arts and food.
Ms McGowan said the music and arts culture was alive and well in Indi, thanks to events like the Yackandandah Folk Festival.
“There’s always a great atmosphere at the festival which has a strong sense of community,” Ms McGowan said.
“There is plenty of community involvement, delicious food, and is inclusive for all local groups, and the festival also helps promote the values that are important to the people of Yackandandah.
“I particularly like the family-friendly focus, with costs kept low at the festival, and also the fact any profit is used to help fund future festivals.”
Ms McGowan is officially opening the Yack Station on Saturday, March 22, which is an exciting project driven by Kevin Poyner, who has been the visionary and inspiration behind the initiative.
Yack Station will include an artists’ workshop and gallery and eventual market-style area for viewing artists at work.
“Yackandandah has a wonderful creative community and there is potential for the Yack Station to help attract even more creative minds to the area,” Ms McGowan said.
“Yack Station has successfully grown from an idea to create a work and gallery space for up to 15 artists and craft persons.
“It will become a must-see destination for artists and tourists, and culture and history buffs, and visitors will have the unique experience of watching art being made, as well as being able to purchase works.”
The building is on the site of the old Yackandandah Railway turntable, and there are plans to have a railway museum as an integral part of Yack Station.
Ms McGowan said the festival organisers’ commitment to become more sustainable through improved environmental practices showed how a fun community event could be held without negatively impacting the environment.
Ms McGowan will be officially opening the Yack Station on Turntable Lane on Saturday, March 22 from 10.30am onwards.
It will be a full weekend for Ms McGowan, who has volunteered at every festival, and on Friday will be acting as an MC at the Town Hall.
On Sunday, she will be adding her voice to the Yackandandah Community Choir, as she has done every year since the singing group joined the festival.