Bayden Clayton is a familiar face in the Swan Hill creative arts scene.
When he first became involved back in 2009, he says he was “a quiet 13-year-old that had little interest in theatre or art in general” and hesitated when asked to take part in a show with the late uncle Bruce Baxter. Despite his reservations, he attended the first workshop and performed in the show ‘Pondi’.
It sparked an interest and passion in the arts that has gone ahead in leaps and bounds.
He now loves performing, mostly taking part in shows that are based on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and connecting them to today’s world. His performances are often made up of cultural dance, acting, singing, and puppet making and operating.
He is part of the highly successful Marruk Project, has taken part in the Regional Arts Victoria Creative Leadership Program and was a Melbourne Theatre Company Indigenous Scholarship Program recipient in 2015.
Bayden believes that arts, culture and creativity are important for everyone, especially in our region where sports and agriculture are the main drivers.
“We all need a bit of creativity in our life… arts are important because we can showcase the beautiful region to the world, whether we share local indigenous stories, our beautiful nature and scenery, whatever it might be,” he said.
“I would like to see creativity, arts and culture in Swan Hill be given the same amount of focus as sports.
“We should have more shows tour here and have more creative workshops so the community can engage with the arts more.”
Bayden encourages the local community to take part in the Creative Strategy workshops coming up from this Sunday, 6 May, to help Council understand what the community wants and needs for the future of our region’s arts.
Find out more about the Creative Strategy, upcoming community workshops and have your say online.
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