FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK

Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice -

It’s that spe­cial time of year again, when Hornsby Shire pauses to ac­knowl­edge the many great artists who con­trib­ute to our rich cul­ture. The Fes­ti­val of the Arts is now in its ninth year and of­fers a rich smor­gas­bord of artis­tic de­lights, from live per­for­mances and cre­ative work­shops through to ex­hi­bi­tions, mar­kets and even a cir­cus. Yes, that’s right, Quirky Cir­cus is back again. The crowds in their thou­sands flocked to the event last year and gave such rave re­views that we didn’t hes­i­tate to ask for an en­core. If you’re un­cer­tain which events you would like to at­tend, the best so­lu­tion is to visit the Fes­ti­val Launch in Hornsby Mall on Satur­day 21 Oc­to­ber. There you will get a taste of ev­ery­thing that’s on of­fer through pop-up per­for­mances, drop-in work­shops and rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment. Of course, there’s one event that needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion and is an ab­so­lute must-see: the Hornsby Art Prize. This ex­hi­bi­tion, held at the unique Wal­larobba Arts and Cul­tural Cen­tre, show­cases works from a range of lo­cal and na­tional artists. It is un­doubt­edly one of the great high­lights of the fes­ti­val, but there are many more. Visit fota.com.au to find out about all of them. Philip Rud­dock Mayor Hornsby Shire Coun­cil

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