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Burnett Heads gets ready for COTA

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Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association are set to host the inaugural Celebration of the Arts. Photo: Contributed

Drawing, painting, basket making, film, music and more is all on offer this October as the Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association hosts the Celebration of the Arts.

COTA is an event to showcase art of all forms with events set to run each weekend for the month of October.

With something for everyone on offer, the first event sees the return of Chalk the Sidewalk.

This free activity celebrates the artistic talents of the region's youth as they showcase their chalk artwork to win some great prizes.

The following Saturday will then see Flickerfest bring its touring short-film festival to Burnett Heads.

It forms a specially curated selection of highlights from Flickerfest’s Australian Academy Award Qualifying competition in Bondi 2022.

The BHPSA will then let the Lighthouse Hotel take over the major festivities on the following weekend with Lighthouse Rock.

The final two weekends, and in fact every weekend in October, will see arts workshops run at the Burnett Heads Community Hall.

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The Chalk the Sidewalk event will return to Burnett Heads again this year. Photo: Contributed

Chairperson of BHSPA Daniel Walshaw said the events had been made possible thanks to grants.

“Thanks to the support of Bundaberg Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Quick Response grants, we have been able to put together a great selection of workshops to be run throughout October,” he said.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Workshops galore in October

The workshop program commences on 1 October with An Introduction to Linoprinting featuring Bundaberg Art Society Inc’s Marilyn Batty.

In the three-hour workshop participants will draw up an image of a fish or flowers, learning how to use the tools and carve an image onto a coloured card.

The next two weekends will see workshop participants learn painting techniques with local Burnett Heads artists Jenni Kirkwood and Colleen Helmore, teaching acrylic and watercolour painting respectively.

For the final two weeks of the month coiled raffia basketry will be presented by Elaine Kirk and indigo shibori dyeing with Dana McCown.

At the conclusion of each of the workshops participants will be taking their newly created pieces of art home.

Daniel said he was excited to see the outcome of COTA.

“We are really excited to see how this year’s event goes,” he said.

“We have been looking to develop a bigger arts program in Burnett Heads for the past few years.

The COTA team are looking forward to events on next month.

“We also have to acknowledge the great support we have received from Bundaberg Regional Council in putting this event on.

“We have had numerous discussions with various Council entities who have guided us on our journey in making this event a reality.”

To view the full program for the Celebration of the Arts or book tickets visit