This year’s 5 Lands Walk may have been cancelled due to COVID-19 but a group of artists are ensuring the event lives on by holding an online version of its opening ceremony.
Avoca Maestro, Dr Yantra de Vilder, has again created and orchestrated a musical celebration of the 5 Lands entitled ‘Home A Place of Belonging’.
Set to feature internationally acclaimed flautist, Jane Rutter; Indigenous artist, Gavi Duncan; the Ephemera Choir and Ensemble as well as other Indigenous performers; the opening ceremony festivities will be posted to Dr de Vilder’s YouTube channel for all 5 Lands people to enjoy.
“Over the past 14 years, the 5 Lands Walk has attracted over 250,000 participants to enjoy the scenic beauty, arts, diverse cultures and people, native and recent, of the Central Coast.
“It Connects people to people and people to place.
“Sadly, this year’s event fell victim to COVID-19 restrictions, but the opening ceremony is a highlight and will go ahead as planned, albeit in a new format,” Dr de Vilder said.
The complete performance will be available for viewing from 8pm on June 19.
“So, put 8pm, June 19, in your diaries, set up your laptop, smart tv, mobile phone or big screen, organise a little food and drink, pump up the sound and prepare to celebrate the spirit of the 5 Lands Walk,” Dr de Vilder said.
More information can be found about the premiere event on the 5 Lands Walk website.
Press release, May 27
Dr Yantra de Vilder, 5 Lands Walk