THE Ventana Fiesta — Frankston’s celebration of Latin American culture — is back and more vibrant than ever.
This year’s Ventana focuses on celebrating “Women in the Arts” with female artists and work about women central to the program.
New York based artist Negin Sharifzadeh is screening her short film Inspector Sorrowat Cube 37 throughout the festival.
Drawing on science fiction and 1940s film noir genres, Sharifzadeh portrays a cat and mouse chase between Inspector Sorrow and femme fatale, Alice.
Interactive props will also be on display during the screenings.
Sharifzadeh and fellow New York-based artist Adrienne Wheeler will also run workshops at Cube 37 on February 24 from 11am.
Participants will make mobile sculptures depicting the rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood using collage techniques.
Art lovers can enjoy a myriad of exhibitions dedicated to women in the arts, featuring work from renowned local and international artists.
Artist Tania Ferrier has collaborated with a local homeless person to create a movable home — inspired by the work of Argentine artist, Cristina Caronni, who works with homeless people in Buenos Aires.
Mayor Colin Hampton encouraged residents to enjoy the wide range of activities and events held for the fiesta.
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● Opening night at Frankston Arts Centre and Cube 37 on Friday, February 23, includes music, visual arts and dance. Meet international and local artists. RSVP to 9784 1060.
● Quirky art workshops featuring costume making (with the option of joining the Ventana Festival parade) at Frankston North Community Centre on February 27 and March 6, both at 10.30am. Bookings: 9784 1046.
● Women on the Verge — be inspired by four monologues that highlight women’s rights and equality at Frankston Arts Centre on March 18 at 7pm. Tickets $18 to $25. Bookings: 9784 1060.
● Street Fiesta on Wells St, Frankston, on Saturday, March 10, from noon to 8pm including carnival parade at noon. Enjoy stalls, food, music and dance, street art and more.