Sounds of Upstream laser show | Image credit Genius Laser Technology

Upstream. An event not to be missed!

There’re more than 100 things to see, do and enjoy as part of Albury Wodonga’s newest art and cultural festival to be held in March 2020.

Born under the banner of Two Cities One Community, Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture embodies the theme of partnership which makes Albury Wodonga unique.

Across four days there will be a host of activities which celebrate our rich art and cultural fabric and place a spotlight on creativity.

This inaugural event will feature diverse art forms in prominent central and natural public locations, bringing art to the people in unique settings.

The festival – held over the March long weekend – will officially kick off with a gala opening event at Noreuil Park on the Friday night.


Spherophyte | Image credit Alex Sanson


“Kicking off the festival on our beautiful foreshore with music, acrobatic feats, food trucks and an amazing laser show over the river will truly set the scene for the four days,” AlburyCity Mayor Cr Kevin Mack said.

“The festival will alternate between the two cities over the four days and there is plenty of events in the lead-up as well.

“We have a fantastic art and cultural industry here on the Border and this will be a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience it all, including our public art trails and galleries.”

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie encouraged the community to invite their family and friends to visit and take part in all the festival has to offer.

“The great thing about this festival is that it’s for everyone – families, art lovers, visitors, locals. Everyone will find something to enjoy from the family-friendly Messy Art Party at Belvoir Park in Wodonga on the Saturday morning, to the eclectic Upstream Street Party on the Saturday evening in Junction Place, to the night on the island with a twilight performance in the Gateway Village amphitheatre,” Cr Speedie said.


Outsider Science | Image credit Ian Sutherland


Upstream will be held over the Victorian long weekend from March 6 to 9, 2020.

The festival’s locations include Noreuil Park, Belvoir Park, Gateway Island, Junction Square and The Cube Wodonga.

The name Upstream places the focus on the natural landmark of the Murray River and the meeting point of the two cities. In an artistic sense, to go upstream is to go against the current and this name could suggest a cultural festival full of daring or unexpected experiences.

Updates will be shared via the festival’s dedicated Facebook page and Instagram account.

Boat of Faith | Image credit Born In A Taxi


Check out the individual events on our Facebook Events page.


Friday, March 6

Upstream Gala Opening Event: From 5 pm at Noreuil Park, Albury


Saturday, March 7

The Dogs Breakfast: From 8 am to 11 am at QEII Square in Albury

Messy Arty Party: From 10 am to 1 pm at Belvoir Park in Wodonga

The Cube Wodonga Chill-out Sessions: From 3 pm to 6 pm at The Cube Wodonga

Upstream Street Party: From 5 pm to 9 pm at Junction Place, Wodonga


Sunday, March 8

Sunday of Curious Things: From 10 am to 3 pm at Noreuil Park, Albury

A Night on the Island: From 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Gateway Island, Wodonga. Presented by Hothouse Theatre and Acrobat.


Monday, March 9

Follow the Cultural Trail. Details in the Upstream program.




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