11 – 27 March 2022

After a very successful inaugural festival, CREATE will be back with a bigger punch in March 2022.


CREATE is an annual community event that’s about community engagement, expression, celebrating innovation, it’s about all things creative. Each year we have a different theme. 


The theme for 2022 is ILLUSION. 


As usual, CREATE will have a program that runs over a 16 day period, showcasing a diverse range of creative activities including exhibitions, film, music and workshops. Each year, a different youth age group will also be exhibiting. This year, our youthful artists will be Year 11 and 12 students.  


The main exhibition at The Crossing Theatre is used as a backdrop for unforgettable Opening and Closing Nights!  

To ensure CREATE keeps delivering a diverse and high quality program, we have included events in Wee Waa and Boggabri, and for the first time, a digital installation in the main auditorium at The Crossing Theatre. 


Another annual highlight is celebrating performers with different abilities. This year, we have Melbourne band, Rudely Interrupted, performing at the Closing Night Party. Rudely Interrupted is one of Australia’s most uniqu­e independent rock acts, touring and releasing their brand of pitch perfect pop-rock anthems around the globe since 2006.  


Please see below the full program for CREATE 2022 and booking links. 




exhibitonS & digital installation

Each year, the Narrabri CREATE Festival has a different theme. Last year, we kicked off with ‘Home’ so this year we thought we should go with something a bit more intriguing. As a result, our theme for 2022 is ILLUSION.  

This year, we have also expanded our exhibitions to three spaces! All three spaces will be open daily from 10.00am to 3.00pm – and a gold coin donation would go a long way in helping to ensure CREATE grows on a yearly basis. 


Exhibition Room 

In our main gallery, the Exhibition Room, all paintings will be curated to give the illusion of  ‘A Walk Through Nature’. This will be an immersive experience showcasing some beautiful works inspired by nature. 

Riverside Room: 

Our second gallery, the Riverside Room, will be the host to works that are inspired by the 2022 theme, ILLUSION. These works will make you tilt your head in quandary or wonder as your mind tries to decipher some intriguing art works. 

Main Auditorium 

Our largest gallery, the Main Auditorium, will have a digital installation by Lightning Ridge artist, Jillian Gates.  

This work titled, ‘Liminal Space: Finding Reality’ is a video installation created solely for the CREATE Festival.  

The video explores dream spaces and the blur between what is real and what is not. We live in uncertain times; we feel climate change is with us, pandemics are around us and life is fragile. 


Date: 12 to 27 March 2022 

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm 

Locations: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri 

Cost: Gold coin donation 


Installation: ‘Liminal Space: Finding Reality’

opening night party

These tickets will go fast – last year we booked out in a couple of weeks.

Time to get your fancy clothes on and enjoy the Grand Opening of CREATE 2022. With a glass of bubbly in your hand, exquisite canapes and the sounds of local musicians, Carmel and Denis Harvey, filling the air, it will be so easy to get lost among the artworks.

Date: 11 March 2022

Time: 6pm

Location: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri

Price: Free but Bookings Essential


Join us for the official opening night of the Wee Waa Community Arts and Cultural Centre.

Enjoy a selection of works from the Narrabri Civic Art Collection in Wee Waa’s new art space.

Once you have seen the exhibition by the naked eye, place a pair of 3D glasses on (just like the movies) and see the 

paintings come to life – just like an illusion!

How much fun is that!

Date: 12 March 2022

Location: Wee Waa Community Arts and Cultural Centre, 22 George Street, Wee Waa

Price: Free but Bookings Essential (Gold Coin Donation Welcome)

Kobie Dee, Gomeroi Nations Tour - Narrabri

Image credit: Renae Saxby

Kobie Dee is a 24-year-old Gomeroi artist from Maroubra in South Sydney, Bidjigal Land. With an innate gift for storytelling and connecting with young people, Kobie Dee is one of the exciting new voices in Australian hip hop. 


Kobie was signed to Bad Apples Music in 2019 and has performed alongside artists including Briggs, Jessica Mauboy, Nooky and Barkaa as part of Yabun, Sydney Festival and at the Bad Apples House Party at the Sydney Opera House. 


As an artist, Kobie is deeply engaged in his community through performance and community work, and his passion for his culture and people is inspiring new generations. 


Date: 14 March 2022 

Time: 3.30pm to 6.00pm (including support acts) 

Kobie Dee – from 5.00pm 

Location: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri 

Cost: Free but bookings essential 

film - loving vincent

What a perfect choice for our 2022 theme, Illusion

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. It tells the story of the last years of Vincent van Gogh’s life. A young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

‘As the colours shimmer and shake, we understand how the artist viewed the world, as not only static existence, but as vibrant action.’

Critique: Robert Daniels (Rotten Tomatoes)

Date: 16 March 2022

Time: 6pm

Location: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri

Price: $15


Rubbish is Rubbish – that’s an Illusion!

12 MARCH 2022 – 10am to 11am – FREE – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL


The perception of ‘waste’ as materials we no longer have use for, is an ILLUSION. Increasingly in our daily lives, we are choosing to live more consciously and more sustainably. This can involve seeking new ways to repurpose materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.  With a little creativity, effort, and artistic flair, new life can be breathed into tired old things.


Learn about repurposing waste and then try to create a beautiful mosaic, using repurposed household materials. This eco-friendly workshop will teach you tips and hacks to live more sustainably, recycle correctly and ditch the illusion of waste as rubbish and instead, 

rethink it as a resource.


Brought to you by – Cleanaway’s kNOw Waste Education Program

Photography Workshops


Beginners – 13 March 2022 – $50 per person

Photography Basics – 3 hour session  9am through to midday with Janet Dampney, Elizabeth McPhee & John Burgess Photography.

For those interested in understanding the basics of your camera and how to put you in control to improve your photography. Includes both theory and practical session. Please bring your camera and camera manual.


Advanced – 27 March 2022 – $50 per person

 Lighting and portrait photography – 3 hour session 9am through to midday with John Burgess Photography, 

Janet Dampney & Elizabeth McPhee

For the advanced photographer wishing to improve their use of ambient/natural light plus the use of both on and off camera assisted lighting to improve your images. Includes both theory and practical session.  Please bring your camera manual & equipment.

Kids Workshop – 16 &19 March 2022 – $20 each – 1 hour workshop

Boggabri – 16 March – 3.30pm

Narrabri – 19 March – 10am and 11.30am session

Our crazy artist Ange Strong is happy to be doing our Kids Workshops once again. Get together with Ange and throw some paint around to create an illusion. Sounds like fun!

Disabilities Workshop – 17 March 2022: Paint and the Illusion of Space.

Robin Stieger will facilitate the workshop which will focus on colour, tone and texture and how they can be used to trick the eye and transform flat surfaces into three dimensional spaces.

Shapes will be painted and assembled into a giant puzzle.


Let’s Celebrate Together!


Narrabri Shire Council will once again host an activation project for Narrabri’s CBD as part of the NSW Government Summer Fund initiative to bring life to local public spaces.


The activation project, aptly named Narra-BRIGHT will be held on 18 March, from 5pm, and is a late-night trading evening, 

featuring the switching on of LED Light installations throughout Maitland Street CBD. 


With outdoor dining and local musicians, a great atmosphere is guaranteed.



Date: 18 March 2022

Time: from 5pm

Location: Maitland Street, Narrabri

closing night party

Set amongst the main exhibition at The Crossing Theatre, Rudely Interrupted and Isaac Newton will be performing.

CREATE always celebrates performers with different abilities, this year we have a Melbourne Band, Rudely Interrupted heading our way. This band is one of Australia’s most unique independent rock acts, touring and releasing their brand of pitch perfect pop-rock anthems across the Globe for many years. 

We Will also have, Isaac Newton and The Newton Brothers Band, direct from Tamworth, belting out some tunes –  Folk-Pop-Rock inspired Original Music, with Heritages in Australian Country Music reaching more then 40years combined experience in live

performance, from Rocking Auditoriums to Swinging Town Hall to ‘Boot Scooting’ the back end off a Cattle Truck.

Along with a roaming magician,  abundant grazing table, two free glasses of Champagne or beer, this night is going to be a whole lot of fun!

Date: 26 March 2022

Time: 7pm

Location: The Crossing Theatre, 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri

Price: Adult $55, Three tickets for the price of 2 – $110


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.

A proudly Australian company, Santos is Australia’s biggest domestic gas supplier. We’ve been working with regional communities for more than 65 years, providing jobs and business opportunities, and safely and sustainably developing Australia’s natural gas resources. Santos is proud to be part of the Narrabri community with the Narrabri Gas Project helping to fuel New South Wales.

Jocellin Jansson

It’s a pleasure to continue to support CREATE. Arts festivals like this are so important for celebrating and encouraging artistic endeavour as well as strengthening community connectedness and collaboration.

KR Property is passionate about supporting creative and innovative achievements of the arts and cultural sector in Narrabri. Art is one of the main contributing factors to consider when styling and presenting properties for sale. Not only does CREATE increase engagement and social interaction but adds to the already strong Calendar of Events in our region.

Namoi Logistics is proud to, once again, support CREATE. We hope to see this wonderful festival become one of the main drawcards for the Narrabri Shire Local Government area.

SPECIALISED CIVIL SERVICES are pleased to be supporting one of Narrabri's premier events. An event that is designed to increase community engagement while celebrating the creative process.