CREATE is an annual community event

It’s about community engagement

It’s about expression

It’s about celebrating innovation

It’s about all things creative

(2021 theme: HOME)


For over 10 months a group of artists have been working hard to create an event that not only showcases the wonderful world of art but also offers fun ways for our community to enjoy it. For 2021, CREATE will include theatre, film, music, art and celebrations. Each year CREATE will ensure performers with a disability are part of the line up. The main exhibition at The Crossing Theatre will include a diverse range of works by about 20 artists. These works include paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, mosaic, drawings, glass and iron work.


Each year a different age group of kids will also be exhibiting. This year our youthful artists will be between 5 and 8 years old.


Please Note: The Crossing Theatre Cafe will be open on Weekends for tea/coffee and cake only – 10am to 4pm

All Inclusive Ticket - see it all for only $115 per person

.This ticket includes entry to the following CREATE events:

– both films – Bus Stop Films and Maverick Modigliani
– Theatre – Hell Ship
– Closing Night Party

– See below for detail of all the above mentioned events

*Please note this does not include the workshops or opening night

Art exhibition - 13 to 28 March


The inspiration for all works in this exhibition is from our 2021 theme, ‘HOME’.

Home is an integral part of all of us – our origin, our history and our culture.

The walls of The Crossing Theatre will become a treasure trove of beautiful artworks, all depicting the many facets and emotions that ‘HOME” evokes in many of us. 


Please Note: The Crossing Theatre Cafe will be open on weekends for tea/coffee and cake only – 10am to 4pm



opening night - 12 March

Time to get your fancy clothes on and enjoy the Grand Opening of the inaugural CREATE. With a glass of bubbly in your hand, exquisite canapes and the sounds of local band, Jazz Junction, filling the air, it will be so easy to get lost amongst the artworks.


Free event – bookings essential due to numbers – a glass of bubbly on arrival and canapes will be included (the bar will also be open for purchases).

Film - Maverick Modigliani - 16 March

Marking the centenary of the death of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), this special cinema event will delve into the story of a remarkable talent that surpassed legend and stereotypes.


From his origins in Livorno, home of the ‘Macchiaioli’, to the Paris of Picasso and Brancusi that became the centre of modernity, to his love for Jeanne Hébuterne, MAVERICK MODIGLIANI uncovers stunning work of the avant-garde artist who became a contemporary classic – his life and art lived to the last breath..


Theatre - Hell Ship - 18 March

For the many thousands of ordinary people who, for two centuries, crossed the world’s oceans in search of a better life, no idea was stronger – nor more urgent – than that of ‘home’: the home they were leaving, the home they were seeking, and the unknown journey that lay between.


Hell Ship is the story of one such journey, of 800 souls ripped from their beloved homes in the Scots Highlands – occupied by their ancestors uninterrupted for a millennia or more – forced to seek a new life on the far side of the world, Australia. It may as well have been the far side of the moon. And for them, the journey would be a nightmare.


Hell Ship tells of the story of their courage, and of the families that went forth – in terrible odds – to forge a new home and a new country.

They were my ancestors, perhaps they were yours too.

Narra - bright - 19 March

Narrabri Shire Council has been successful in obtaining grant funding to launch a pilot activation project for Narrabri’s CBD which focuses on bringing life to public spaces in a COVID-safe way.


Aptly named Narra-BRIGHT, the pilot activation will commence on Friday 19 March 2021 with late-night trading at participating businesses from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Several Maitland Street building facades will be illuminated with a temporary coloured LED light installation from 7.30pm and performers will provide entertainment, adding to the atmosphere of the CBD during night-time activation.

Narra-BRIGHT will coincide with The Crossing Theatre’s CREATE Festival.  Council encourages the community to join in on the Narra­ BRIGHT activation activities and CREATE festival. Maitland Street businesses can get involved by completing an Expression of Interest, which closes 5.00pm, Friday 26 February 2021.


The CBD Activation Project is part of the NSW Government Summer Fund initiative which brings The Festival of Place to people right across the state, as part of the NSW Government’s efforts to support community wellbeing and economic recovery in local centres.


For further information regarding Narra-BRIGHT, please contact Council’s Small Business Liaison Officer on 02 6799 6866.

Workshops - 18, 20, 21 March

DisAbilities with Robin Stieger – 18 March – 10am to 12pm:

This workshop is about the enjoyment and surprise of making art. A number of techniques will be offered including monoprints, splashy running paint and fabric dyeing. Participants find their favourite method, work individually and in groups, and make some magic.

Price: free – for people with Disability




Photography with John Burgess Photography, Janet Dampney & Elizabeth McPhee – 21 March – 9am to 12pm:

Discussing the basics of portrait photography, action/sport photography, astro photography plus architectural photography/seeing the lines. A practical outdoor session is included.

Price: $35 per person


We suggest participants are 14 years or older – Location details are on the booking page 

Kids Workshop and Party - 20 March

It’s time for the kids to get down and messy! Join our crazy artist, Ange Strong, for a day of making art. The aim of the workshops is to have as much fun as possible and also to make a large backdrop for an afternoon party in the main auditorium of The Crossing Theatre.


Please note:

  • Kids are to between 5 and 10 years old
  • there will be two workshops each running for one hour (10am to 11pm – and 11.30am to 12.30pm) – 20 kids per workshop at a cost of $5 per head – this ticket includes the party in the afternoon
  • The afternoon party is a free event from 4pm to 6pm – kids games, refreshments and lollies are included
  • Bookings are essential for the workshops and party – if you have booked your child in for the workshop you do not have to book in for the party

Film - Bus Stop Films - 23 march

This year we have  two short films to enjoy. All films highlight inspirational artists with different abilities.


Short Films: Bus Stop Films

Bus Stop Films has been in operation since 2009, teaching adults with intellectual disabilities and others from marginalised communities film studies. They use filmmaking and the film industry to change community attitudes globally around the rights and contribution to society of, and by, people with a disability. 


Groundhog Night:

Gary’s so used to caring for his disabled daughter Jess, he can do it in his sleep. But when the in-laws come to stay, everyone will get a wake-up call.

Inclusively made with the support of Screen NSW as part of their Screenability strategy and premiering at Sydney Film Festival in 2020. ‘Groundhog Night’ is a brilliant dramedy written by and starring the amazing Emily Dash, and directed by and starring our very own Genevieve Clay-Smith, among a stellar cast including Robyn Nevin, John Batchelor, Susan Prior and Chris Haywood! Shot on location in “The Shire”, BSF student Rawley Reynolds Co-Directed the production which was Produced by our awesome COO Dianna La Grassa.


What was it like?:

Eight filmmakers with an intellectual disability interview their parents about what it was like when doctors delivered the news of their diagnosis.

Inclusively made by students attending the Bus Stop Accessible Film Studies Program and funding through Shark Island Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation. Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith.


Please note: total duration 45 minutes

Closing Night Party - 27 March

After 16 days of celebrating, it’s time to finish it off with a big bang! On Saturday 27 March, The Crossing Theatre will host a party that you won’t forget. Live music, art and lights will CREATE an atmosphere for all to enjoy.


As part of the final hoorah, Tralala Blip, an Australian unit of differently-abled musicians hailing from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales will be performing live. Over the past decade they have carved out a unique position in the Australian electronic music community.


We also are lucky top have 3LPDS (Three Legged Pigdogs) performing. A splash of rock, a nip of pop stirred with some RnB describes the eclectic sounds of this North West NSW-based band. Covering music of many genres from 1950’s to today, the 3LPDS formed in 2011 as a platform for local and travelling musicians alike to mix creating musical magic. The morphing line up currently includes, James Madden (bass & saxophone), Tom Hedley (drums) and Gilly Goddard (vocals & guitar).


This is your chance to celebrate our home, our artists and our community.


To help you celebrate, we will be offering a free ticket for every two tickets purchased – substantial finger food (grazing tables) and two glasses of bubbly will be included in ticket price – the bar will be open for additional purchases.


Adults Only 18+ event

Dress code:

Women – Cocktail 

Men – Smart casual




Whitehaven Coal takes great pride in our long-standing links with the Narrabri community and we are pleased to support a range of charities and community organisations. Whitehaven Coal aims to see the benefits of our operations extend beyond our direct workforce and beyond the life of any single mine.

Jocellin Jansson

Santos is a proud sponsor of the inaugural CREATE Festival. Santos values the role of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities that will enhance the lives of those who live in the areas in which we operate.

‘This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’