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Arts festival boosted by Council community grant

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Some of the team behind the Moore Park Beach Arts Festival.

A popular festival at Moore Park Beach has been given a funding boost to support the event's program, which includes a range of local activities and celebrations over two days in August.

Moore Park Beach Arts Inc has been awarded a $3400 community grant from Bundaberg Regional Council to assist in supporting the annual Moore Park Beach Arts Festival.

The festival, which will be held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, will see a culmination of events that bring the beachside community to life while showcasing the strong arts presence in the area.

From an art prize competition through to art and craft workshops, as well as a festival event running on the Saturday, the event will celebrate all things art.

Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said community grants were a great way for local organisations to gain assistance in showcasing their events to the region.

“These grants provide the opportunity for community groups to run programs that look to make positive contributions to the Bundaberg Region,” Cr McPhee said.

“Council is glad to be able to support local organisations with grants such as these that allow them to deliver opportunities to the wider community.”

Arts festival grant to deliver school event

Moore Park Beach Arts Inc Vice President Heather Vanderwaal said the funding from the latest community grant would go towards providing a school event as part of the festival program as well as assisting with the opening gala event.

“We applied for the grant specifically to help fund the school’s morning on the Friday morning before the festival and the opening gala night on the Friday night where we announce the winners of the sections and open the art up to the public,” Heather said.

“For the school’s morning, we invite local schools including Moore Park Beach Primary School, South Kolan State School Drum Corp, Kids and Co and North Bundaberg High School band to perform.

“The public are invited to attend the event, which is free, showcasing the musical talent of the local schools as it is part of the arts industry.”

The Moore Park Beach Arts Festival will run from 10 am to 7 pm, with the night concluding with a fireworks display for all to enjoy.

Last year, the festival saw more than 50 stallholders come together.

Heather said a number of spaces were still available for stallholders, food vendors and performers for the 2022 event.

“We are still looking for stallholders, food vendors and performers,” she said.

“There are performances all day as well as workshops, and we are still looking for workshop convenors as well.”

Artists are also encouraged to head to the Moore Park Beach Arts Inc Festival website to take a look at the art categories and submit a piece for judging.

There is over $4000 in prize money for the art competition.

You can find the website here.

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