Well, I don’t know about you, but I have found 2020 and 2021 to be both challenging and frustrating.
Living through a pandemic is not something I ever want to do again. I am definitely grateful that I have lived through the pandemic and that so have my family. But not all of my friends were that lucky. As Australia and the rest of the world opens up, the thought of once again running a live Ukulele Festival is before us. I am very happy to have the opportunity to see so many people that I know and yet haven’t seen in so long, come to the Hills and enjoy each other’s company and share our joint love of the ukulele.
One of the silver linings of the last two years is how the ukulele world is now so much smaller than it used to be. Last year, we had groups from Italy, America, Canada, France and the UK join in with everyone here in Australia to make an amazing online ukulele festival.
As we return to a live event, how do we include all our new friends?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
2022 is going to be a chance to see if we can once again, go bigger than last year.
Saturday the 14th of May 2022 will be a day of Workshops and Workshop Concerts and an afternoon Gala Concert starring some fabulous artists.
Sunday the 15th of May2022 will be a chance for community and school Ukulele Groups to step back onto the stage and strum their stuff. As well as getting together for some combined strummalong fun.
Sunday the 22nd of May 2022 will be an online stream with recorded highlights (both performances and interviews) from the festival as well as an opportunity for all our overseas community and school groups to participate in all the ukulele fun.
But wait, there is more!
The Hills Ukulele Festival is collaborating with AUTLA (Australian Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Assoc.) to take part in a National Initiative to perform the song “All Together Now” by OK GO and create a music video of all the combined performances of all the groups participating in the festival.