The You Are Here Festival began as a three-year commission by Robyn Archer as part of the program of activity for the Centenary of Canberra. From 2011 to 2017, we presented an annual You Are Here Festival, an entirely free, curated showcase of independent and experimental arts in the Canberra CBD and surrounds.
In 2018, You Are Here producers took a year off running the festival to examine our place in the Canberra arts landscape. Reasoning that our true value lies in championing artist development, fostering critical community, and training creative arts producers in the unique You Are Here model, we created a program that radically shifted the focus of the organisation.
You Are Here’s first artist and producer development program, Cahoots, was run in 2019. Eight artists and one emerging producer completed the program. It proved to be hugely beneficial to all the participants in myriad ways, from creating a deep trust and critical community among the group, to a range of individual goals set by the artists. The festival also returned in 2019, featuring work by the Cahoots artists as well as a selection of curated work by local and interstate artists.
Our media team captured the festival in still and moving image from our first year, creating a compelling archive of Canberra’s creative aspirations and achievements. Take a look at our Flickr and Vimeo, and browse our archive of You Are Here programs below.