The Moore Park Beach Arts Festival will be held on Saturday 21 August with some exciting new features and some festival favourites.
For the first time, this year’s festival will start with a labyrinth on the beach that the community can get involved in.
“Cynthia Hoogstraten and Ramona Lane will be making a labyrinth on the beach that will celebrate all we love about Moore Park Beach,” Moore Park Beach Arts Inc President Trish Mears said.
“They will be facilitating labyrinth walks and festival-goers will be invited to decorate the labyrinth, which will a very special experience.
“Kites have always been flown at our festival and this year we invite everyone to bring along their kites to the beach, big and small, to join friends and other kite enthusiasts to add colour to our skies.
“It is amazing how just one kite flying makes everyone smile. It’s going to be fantastic!”
This year’s Festival will be very “hands on” with a key feature being Workshops that festival goers can get involved in. Expressions of Interest are being sought now.
“We want to make workshops a big part of the Festival this year and are calling for Expressions of Interest from local artists,” Vicki Anderson, Moore Park Beach Arts Inc’s Treasurer and Workshops and Schools Arts Coordinator said.
“In past Festivals people have really loved the workshops and the fact they can take home a piece of art or craft.
“Adults and children love to “get their hands arty” and have fun, learning new art techniques.”
Expressions of Interest are available on the group’s Facebook page.
“Anyone conducting workshops can have a free stall to sell their art or craft to the huge crowd we’re expecting will come along, with other benefits listed on the form,” Vicki said.
The Art Competition is always a major feature of the Festival and this year there will be over $3,500 in cash prizes to be won.
There will be a special inaugural award this year, The Pat Walker Memorial Perpetual Trophy.
Art Competition Coordinator Rhonda Carpenter said it would be very special to acknowledge the Festival’s long term President and Patron.
“Pat Walker was a huge part of the Festival and we wanted to acknowledge and remember her by awarding a perpetual trophy in her honour,” Rhonda said.
“It will go to the artwork recognised as Best in Show by the Judges.”
Entry in the Art Competition, with 12 categories covering all ages and mediums, is just $10 for adults and $5 for juniors.
Entry forms are available on the Facebook page or at various locations around Moore Park Beach, including the Pink House, IGA, Chemist, Service Station and from sponsors.
Entry Forms, together with entry fees must be lodged with Moore Park Beach Arts Inc. on or before Friday 23rd July.
Market stalls are another popular feature of the Moore Park Beach Arts Festival.
Application forms to have a stall, whether it be food and drinks, art, craft or other items, can also be found on the Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bundaberg Regional Council Community Services program provided $4,350 to Moore Park Beach Arts Inc towards the running of the 2021 Moore Park Beach Arts Festival.
“We are very grateful for Bundaberg Regional Council’s support of this year’s Festival,” Treasurer Vicki said. “The funds will go towards the staging of the entertainment of the Festival, which is always a highlight.
“We welcome other sponsors and have a range of levels to suit all businesses.”
For more details on the festival, follow Moore Park Beach Arts Inc on Facebook and Instagram or email them on email@example.com.
Everyone is urged to use the hashtag #mooreparkbeachartsinc when taking photos at Moore Park Beach or at the festival itself, so their photos can be featured on social media.