Five performances you must see at Contentious Character’s inaugural Creative Juices Arts, Food & Wine Festival

Contentious Character, located just outside of Canberra in Wamboin, NSW will be holding its inaugural Creative Juices Arts, Food & Wine Festival across the 11 – 14 June long weekend.

Contentious Character, located just outside of Canberra in Wamboin, NSW will be holding its inaugural Creative Juices Arts, Food & Wine Festival across the 11 – 14 June long weekend. The event will feature five leading ACT based arts organisations.

Contentious Character Director Tony Mansfield was compelled to develop the brand-new event to support the local arts after a difficult year. ‘It’s been a rough year for our friends in the arts and this inaugural festival has been a dream of ours for some time. It seemed right to bring it on this year when the guys need it most,’ said Tony.

The Australian Dance Party

The Australian Dance Party’s piece on opening night will feature dance artists sitting with diners and performing within the space. ‘I love this interactive style which is very aligned to what the Contentious Characters are all about,’ said Tony.

Audiences may recognise Alison Plevey of the Australian Dance Party’s work from Symbiosis, which was recently performed during the Enlighten Festival at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Juice by Somebody’s Aunt

Juice by Somebody’s Aunt is a dance performance featuring live music that will wind through the Contentious Character vineyard, winery and cellar. The performance is all about the human connection to the land and the cycle of wine and life.

Kulture Break

This one’s for the kids. The Kulture Break team will be running an inclusive dance workshop for children aged 5 - 13 years on Saturday 12 June.

‘It’s easy to forget some kids have had it tough during COVID-19,’ said Tony ‘These guys work with the well-being, transformation and empowerment of children and youth, something close to my heart.’

The Contentious Characters are known for their events for guests of all ages, and parents will be able to sit back and relax with lunch while the kids enjoy themselves.

Cabaret by Dianna Nixon

Dianna Nixon, A Gentleman’s Companion, is a show inspired by the delicious words of Charles Baker’s Cocktail Recipe book from the 1930’s.

Dianna is inviting singles to her table, where she’ll raise a glass, rumble, roar and cry with fellow diners to classics from The Police, Cheap Trick, Bowie, Metallica and Queen.

The Street’s Associate Artist Program

The finale on the Monday of the long weekend will be very special, with Sparkling Perfect! Long Lunch.

Raising funds for The Street Theatre’s Associate Artists program, the day will feature an all-inclusive long lunch featuring local sparkling, local food and local entertainment. ‘The Contentious Characters love a good sparkling, and we’ll also have those from our friends at Lark Hill, Enotria and Affleck. So, it will truly represent the great sparkling we produce this side of the Canberra wine region.’ said Tony.

Contentious Character’s Creative Juices Arts Food and Wine Festival will run from 11 June – 14 June. Visit Contentious Character for further details and bookings.