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Beginning this weekend, one of WA’s oldest towns begins its annual festival of culture and arts. The York Festival is a cavalcade of events spanning the month of September and well into October. It’s a celebration of York’s indigenous heritage, family events, arts, and country music.

Here are just a few highlights which caught our eye…

The Americana Music Association of Australia’s WA Launch party at the Castle Hotel on the 16th. It  features Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Wayward Johnson, Helen Shanahan, The Jaycos, and Tom Fisher and the Layabouts.

The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be a performance of Roald Dahl’s The Twits on the 16th and 17th at the York Town Hall

The Sambanistas troupe will conduct a drumming workshop at the York Courthouse at 1pm on Sunday 17th, before taking part in the parade accompanying the Running of the Lambs.

A night time Ghost walk on September 16 and October 15. “Every building in York is so old that someone has died there.” With a start like that, it’s curious to see where this introduction to the ghosts and horror stories of the 180 year old streets will go.

Various Art displays and workshops including painting, photography, sculptures, textiles… there’s a little of something around the town for almost everyone.

The York Festival will run from September 16 to October 15.

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