What’s On

Welcome to our 2021 program of core activities. These activities are where we are focusing our energy this year and all of our activities have a hybrid model, using both in-person and virtual experiences. 

We remain unashamedly focused on Riverland tastes, interests, ideas and futures in everything we do.

If you’d like to make a contribution to keep our programs running and affordable, we have a virtual tip jar here.


Taking Up Space 

This is a new iteration of our Thinker in Residence program. It will include a Thinker in Residence, a Writer in Residence and an Artist in Residence over Winter (each with slightly different criteria and expectations). Full details and application form here. Applications close midnight 19th April 2021.

Part of Fringe 

Want to co-create a new performance work for Adelaide Fringe 2022?

We will be kicking off the process with open access writing, directing and acting workshops, before inviting participants to join Part of Fringe to co-create the final performance. The process will kick off in August 2021 and continue into 2022 with rehearsals and production. Register interest here to be kept up to date. 

Novel November 

What would a version of the Riverland full of dragons and magic look like (and how can that help us better care for and build the real Riverland)? Novel November is a month-long collaborative project and experiment in re-imagining our local haunts and habits. Throughout the month creative folk will be creating short stories, poems, illustrations, experiences and ideas for the general public to experience our yet-to-be-named and yet-to-be-created alternative version of the Riverland.

Writers, illustrators and other creatives who would like to be involved can register interest here. Full details will be released later in the year.

General public stay tuned to our socials and newsletter to see what we create!

Novel November is the first stage of an ambitious multi-year speculative fiction project right here in our Riverland.

Symposium, by the Instigators 

Symposium is a skills-sharing project by and for young people that will culminate in a festival of one-hour workshops in July/August led by young people for other young people. The festival and workshops are being developed and designed by a core group of young people aged 18-26, who have named the project Symposium and themselves the Instigators. 

This is the outcome of “Riverland Skillin’ It”  which we received funding for last year from FRRR ABC Heywire Grant and LGA Youth-Led Recovery Grant in partnership with Barmera Central and Berri Barmera Council. 

Riverland Projection Collective 

We are nurturing space for creative folk to co-create projection artworks across the Riverland. This is a self-organising group with support and admin by Part of Things. 

We welcome anyone based in the Riverland who would like to be part of the collective. We are currently working on outcomes for Glossop and Barmera Centenaries (funding dependent) and some smaller outcomes led from within the collective. Join the collective here. 

Interested audience members should follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and/or sign up to our newsletter for all the updates on projection artworks when they are ready to view.


This year Monash, Barmera and Glossop are all celebrating their centenaries. Part of Things will be responding to the past 100 years by looking forward into the next 100 years. Activities as part of 2121 will include a SALA exhibition, writing competition and other ways for creative folk and community to get involved. Register interest here and/or stay tuned for all the details. 

The first of our 2121 activities is a Drabble Competition. Drabbles are short stories of exactly 100 words in length. See all the details and how to submit your story here. Submissions close 30th June.

Dear Democracy

We live in a complicated and messy world. The news is hitting us all the time with new disasters and things to be worried about (even more so today than when we started Dear Democracy in 2019). How many of us feel like we should be doing *something* (anything) in response?

In 2021 we are delivering a reimagined Dear Democracy program. Building on 2019 & 2020 versions, Dear Democracy is connecting Riverlanders with ideas, information, mentors and small actions for collective impact on the issues that matter to them. 

Dear Democracy in 2021 is an online and asynchronous program, with opportunities for in-person meet-ups and excursions offered across the year. The program kicks off in April 2021 but new-comers can join at any time throughout the year. Join here. 

Dear Democracy is for people who want to be more active citizens and need somewhere to start. Dear Democracy is not about party politics and is not a place for political recruitment or canvassing or any kind. It is a space for local connection and to build grass-roots democracy in action.

Super Secret Mystery Things 

We can’t tell you yet! Stay tuned to our socials, website and/or newsletter across the year.

The first of our Super Secret Mystery Things is a very special in-person poetry writing workshop with Amy Bodossian as part of the Soul Language Tour by Art Is…Festival 2021. A full day workshop for aspiring, beginner and experienced poets to explore their voice and write something new. 10am – 4pm Saturday 15th May. Book your spot here.

Be Part of Things

All the other bits Part of Things does: co-working, space hire, mentoring & producing. 

All year round (even when our other programs are dormant) Part of Things is available as a space to run your own workshops, meetings and projects. We also have co-working desks available on a pay-what-you-can basis and we can offer bespoke mentoring and producing services to support your big ideas.

Check out our Hire Space page for info on using the space and get in touch with us via the Contact page for mentoring and producing queries. There is no one size fits all so working together always starts with a conversation to see what you need and how we can help.


Check out the Projects tab for past activities and more detail on 2021 activities. If you’re got an idea for a virtual or small in-person gathering/project/event that you’d like to deliver under our umbrella, get in touch here.