First On The Ladder joins Shepparton Festival

First On The Ladder is thrilled to join the 2018 Shepparton Festival – By Design – to present a bespoke project – The Rumba Scavenger Hunt. Running across Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March, festival-goers of all ages are invited to join Polyglot Theatre and the legends of Shepp’s own Rumbalara Football Netball Club in this fun and free family event.

Participants will search Shepparton solo or in a team for Rumbalara treasure in local businesses and destinations. After completing a series of fun challenges and collecting special trading cards (created by illustrator Bernard Caleo), participants will score an invitation to the Scavenger Hunt after-party on Sunday afternoon.

Local businesses involved with The Rumba Scavenger Hunt include Intersport, Gallery Kaiela, Fruit Works, Funzone and Footy Korner, and challenges range from tenpin bowling to discovering hidden street art.

First On The Ladder Project Producer Simone Ruggiero is looking forward to the event. “We are excited about the contribution the Scavenger Hunt is making towards positive cultural change in community. It’s also fantastic to be collaborating with the local businesses who have agreed to host activations and artworks.”

Belinda Briggs, of Rumbalara Football Netball Club, agrees. “This Scavenger Hunt is a fun and exciting way for people to both learn about and celebrate the personalities, events and insights that contribute to the uniqueness that makes Rumba what it is today. We’re really proud to present this First On The Ladder activity with Polyglot Theatre as part of the Shepparton Festival.”

First On The Ladder ­is a three-year, art-meets-sport collaboration between Polyglot Theatre and Beyond Empathy, in partnership with Rumbalara Football Netball Club in Shepparton, Victoria and the Moree Boomerangs in New South Wales. The project centres around the young people from these two Indigenous sports clubs – celebrating their culture and achievements through a range of creative experiences including zine-making, street art, radio broadcasting and play workshops.

In 2017, over 150 young people were engaged in First On The Ladder, across 45 separate workshops in Shepparton and 24 separate workshops in Moree.

The 2018 Shepparton Festival – By Design – is being presented across 17 days from Friday 2 to Sunday 18 March. A multi-art celebration, the Festival offers the community a platform for artistic and cultural expression. From incredible culinary experiences to community cultural celebrations, and activities for the young and young at heart, the 2018 Shepparton Festival – By Design – will embrace all that Greater Shepparton represents. It encourages connections to the environment, challenges artists, community groups and organisations to engage with local industries and connect through process and practice.

Of The Rumba Scavenger Hunt, First On The Ladder Project Director Ian Pidd says, “We are really delighted to be teaming with Shepparton Festival to present an outcome from the First On The Ladder project. One of the stated aims of First On The Ladder is to find imaginative ways to bring the amazing work that Rumbalara Football Netball Club does to the attention of the wider community. I reckon this playful Scavenger Hunt will give people an insight into some of the history and characters of the club, while also giving people a glimpse into some interesting nooks and crannies of the Shepp CBD. Come and play with us!”

Saturday 3 March | 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 4 March | 11.00am – 3.00pm

Register to participate in Maude Street Mall

First On The Ladder is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.