There’s something so gently unique about our beloved CORINBANK Festival both in the ideas it has and the ideals it supports. A perfect example of this is the CREATIVE CAMPS program, which has grown since the festival’s dawn in 2008.
For those not familiar with the finer features of Corinbank, Creative Camps are difficult to define as they’re almost limitless. Each camp is based on a different idea and all that is required is for the camp to be welcoming, interactive, enjoyable, creative and free. Any fee charged is small and is justified to cover some basic costs.
Creative Camp Director Erika Alacs said the camps, “embody some of the Corinbank philosophies which are about immersing yourself in the festival, leaving all of your worries behind and actually getting involved, participating, and getting your hands dirty in the Corinbank festival spirit.”
The Creative Camps give everyone and anyone an opportunity to get more involved. Erika says this helps create a strong sense of community on the March weekend and a very cool vibe.
“There are very few festivals, I think, that have the kind of jam packed activities and chances to really be a part of the festival no matter who you are. You don’t have to be a performing artist or a musician to actually be a part of the program and to run something at Corinbank. I think that’s quite unique.”
In 2008, Corinbank’s first year, there were five camps with 12 or so people involved. This year Erika expects around 20 camps with up to 100 people running them. Some old favourites from years past will be returning alongside some fresh ideas.
Some of you may remember Lucy’s Advice Tent where you can ask Lucy any question, big or small, and I have it on good authority she comes up with some golden answers. The Backshed Brewery will be back again with something to wet your whistle. Then there’s the ever-practical Back Up Plan who’ll help you out with any camping essentials from toothbrushes and socks to re-stringing your guitar for you. Or perhaps you’d like to spend some time making a beaded butterfly at Heed the Beads.
Some new camps include Pete’s Freakin Hippie Wash where you’ll essentially be given a fully clothed dog bath. Or you could pop over to the Glücksmoment Tree to share a good moment of the day.
So if you’d like to experience more of Corinbank than meets the eye, the Creative Camps are worth checking out, even if you just want to be read to for a while because, yes, there’s even a camp for Story Time.
Corinbank will be held in the beautiful Brindabella Ranges from March 2-4. For more info or to buy tix (which range from $39 for a day pass to $149 for the whole three-day fest) head to www.corinbank.com .