After its cancellation in March due to wet weather, Corinbank Festival will be held on November 30. Photo: Graham Tidy
The Bureau of Meteorology's number one website client is Corinbank, if the trepidation of festival manager Amy Moon is anything to go by.
''We are watching BOM pretty religiously,'' she confesses with a laugh. ''But at the same time, we saw a really good forecast yesterday, and I don't want to look - I just really want that to be what the weather is for the rest of the week.''
The weekend-long arts festival, now in its fourth year, experienced a torrential setback in March when an unprecedented volume of rain brought about a lengthy postponement.
Fly probably doesn't help Moon's blind faith when it observes that Foreshore tends to cop the festival rain this time of year - but escaped high and dry last weekend.
''Yeah, but maybe this is the year that it changes,'' Moon says. ''Maybe this is the year when festivals will not get rain.''
In any case, the weather delay has done nothing to water down Corinbank's distinct and colourful flavour.
''The [music] lineup is something like 76 per cent local,'' Moon says. ''We've also got our biggest ever visual arts program, which is pretty cool. And we've got more performance artists for the November festival than we were going to have in March.''
The spectrum of creative expression at Corinbank is dazzling in its variety, ranging from burlesque shows to circus performances, kids' art workshops to back shed breweries, short films to science shows.
''It's the kind of festival where, if music wasn't your thing, you could be entertained for the whole three days without watching a band,'' Moon says. ''And then on top of that, we've got all this amazing music as well.''
Along with a strong local line-up, the festival also draws on an eclectic pool of music acts from around the country, such as Victorian ''Gypsy death-core'' merchants the Barons of Tang and APRA-winning Queensland duo Busby Marou, who were originally booked in for March.
''Unfortunately, that one … was washed away, so we're looking forward to getting back to play in Canberra,'' Jeremy Marou tells Fly. ''It's a good line-up, too, so we're looking forward to it.''
The festival's revered food stalls are also returning, ranging from international to vegetarian and vegan cuisine - although one popular ingredient is missing.
''We've sadly had to cancel our slow food banquet this year,'' Moon says. ''The postponement of the festival in March left us with some financial shortfalls, so we've had to focus on doing [fewer] things better.''
The shortfall also prompted Corinbank organisers to stage a Pozible crowd-funding campaign, which raised $11,700 to cover some basic costs - although many acts on the bill are playing for ''next to nothing'', Moon says.
''Everybody involved in the festival is so community-minded … these guys are giving us so much by giving us their time,'' she says.
''And then there is the whole volunteer component as well - there's a team of about 30 volunteers who work on the festival … and then over the course of the weekend, we have about 180 volunteers in total who help run the festival.''
Moon says the strong volunteer component, which assists with everything from working the bars to sorting recycling, reflects Corinbank's strong communal nature.
''I feel like we've somehow harnessed some amazing part of the Canberra community,'' she says. ''I certainly don't feel like Corinbank created it, but I feel like we have tapped into something so special, we obviously just appealed to the right people.''
Though she's excited about the coming weekend, Moon isn't quite ready to forecast when Corinbank will next return.
''Having the festival postponed, especially because we are all volunteers, it is pretty hard in terms of our workload - but our priority at the moment is to put on a killer festival this weekend,'' she says.
''Once we get through that, we'll start thinking about whether we stick with the November timetable, or go back to having the next festival in March 2014 - but there definitely won't be one in March 2013. We are all superheroes, but we can't pull miracles out of our hats like that!''
WHERE: Corin Dam Road, Tidbinbilla
WHEN: Friday, November 30 - Sunday, December 2
■ Douglas Fry is a Canberran by default, dance music obsessive and fast approaching the point of being that creepily enthusiastic old guy at raves