Mullumbimby artist, Kellie O’Dempsey, will bring her unique style of performance drawing to next weekends Rivafest. She will be accompanied by an improvisation jazz band called The KNIE.
Mullumbimby artist, Kellie O’Dempsey, will bring her unique style of performance drawing to next weekends Rivafest. She will be accompanied by an improvisation jazz band called The KNIE.

Artist draws to sound of music

MULLUMBIMBY artist Kellie O’Dempsey will bring her unique ‘performance drawing’ to Ballina next weekend as part of Rivafest activities.

It is the first time she has been involved in the festival, and she is excited.

“It will be beautiful working so close to the water,” she said.

“And I respond to people – the colour of someone’s shirt, for example. So I think it’s going to be great because there will be a lot of people around and a lot of things happening.”

Ms O’Dempsey uses traditional drawing materials on non-traditional mediums.

She has been known to draw on Perspex, billboard posters and even car wreckage.

And for something extra special, she will be drawing alongside a three-piece improvisation jazz band, called The KNIE.

She said their music would change and flow depending on the people walking past.

“We will be responding to the festival, creating music and vision for one-and-a-half hours,” she said.

“It’s going to be great fun.”

Ms O’Dempsey will start her performance drawing session at 12pm next Sunday.

There will also be other free performance workshops at Rivafest on the day, giving people the opportunity to learn some new skills.

Try break-dancing, hip hop, zumba or drumming.

You can even learn circus tricks such as juggling, ribbon sticks, unicycle and spinning plates with a workshop by Spaghetti Circus.

But Rivafest officially kicks off next Saturday with Youthfest.

It is an afternoon and evening event dedicated to the youth of the community.

Highlights of Youthfest will include a band competition and a performance by well-known singer Ash Grunwald.

For further event details and event program visit www.ballinarivafest.com.au.



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