Go tell Alice: there’s a new arts festival, just outta town. The free White Rabbit Installation Arts Festival, happens on August 15 from 3pm to midnight, at the beautiful Red Clay Farm in Upper Economy. Started by Janna Graham and Tom Young, the event grew out of a sense of isolation from living in rural Nova Scotia, and a desire to celebrate and revive the tradition of smaller, rural festivals.
“You do feel cut off from the arts scene,” says Graham. “Why can’t we have art outside the city?” So the pair came up with the brilliant idea of bringing art to them. They invited established artists Rita McKeough, Heather Lawson and Michael Waterman to spend five days creating site-specific installations on the 70-acre homestead. They’ll be joined by 11 other artists, builders and carpenter-types who will share, experiment and “pollinate” ideas. More about process than a “perfect, finished product,” check out the art on the 15th, along with performances, barbecue, bonfire and music by A/V, Construction & Destruction and Andrew Maize. Tenting, directions and transportation info at whiterabbitarts.ca.