When I first heard about Chad and Sandy’s festival and the concept behind Synchronicity, which is produced by Deer Crossing The Art Farm, I knew it would be a fun (ad)venture to get involved in. Two months later, I was busy helping to make the magic happen, volunteer coordinating and promoting the festival with a stall at local markets. It was exciting to witness all the energy and creativity of the many participants coming together into an interactive art experience, which encouraged community building and the exploration of our relationship with nature.
It was the second Synchronicity Festival and the first time it was held in Shirley Macey Park in Gibsons, where an existing forest loop trail was transformed by innumerable art installations into the setting for the Rainforest Circus. The 45 minute long performance took visitors of all ages on a journey past quirky and colourful circus and animal characters who seemed to just pop out from behind the trees, to the delight of children and adults alike. The two-day festival also included a live music stage with local acts, such as The Colorifics, Mindil Beach Markets, Matthew Lovegrove and Nir Blu, a craft and food market, art installations and an art activities tent for kids.
There were so many memorable moments last weekend, watching the amazement in the children’s faces during the forest circus shows, having the best berry sorbet ever and connecting with so many interesting locals. The very best memory, however, is of our tireless volunteers, who were total superstars! From the woman who happened to drop by and spontaneously offered to help out for an hour to those who were there for pretty much the whole weekend straight, it was really moving to see so much positive energy everywhere. The Rainforest Circus might have left town for now, but one thing is for sure: now that the seed has been planted, its magic is bound to sparkle even brighter in years to come.