Gong puts fes­ti­val fan in the limelight

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss - by Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

AN Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic stal­wart has been hon­oured with the top gong at the Townsville City Coun­cil Arts Awards.

Dr Nita Vasilescu was pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Limelight Award last night for a life­time achieve­ment in sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing the arts in Townsville.

Coun­cil Life­style and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair Jenny Lane said Dr Vasilescu joined an ex- clu­sive list of peo­ple in Townsville to re­ceive the award for their con­tri­bu­tion and com­mit­ment to the arts.

‘ ‘ Nita has de­voted her creativ­ity and out­stand­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion skills to the arts in Townsville, par­tic­u­larly the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic over many years and I can think of no one more de­serv­ing of this award,’’ Cr Lane said.

‘‘ With her late hus­band, Cos­tel, Nita was an en­thu­si­as­tic and gen­er­ous sup­porter of the fes­ti­val from its in­cep­tion and a ma­jor rea­son why Eric and Pam Blyth from Kir­wan at the an­nual Townsville Art

Awards at the Civic Theatre last night it has en­dured as a world­class event.’’

Dr Vasilescu, a trained sculp­tor, has served on the Townsville Re­gional Gallery’s Ac­qui­si­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia Foun­da­tion and as a donor mem­ber of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foun­da­tion.

Other win­ners in­cluded: Props Youth Theatre’s Peter Pan for Pro­duc­tion of the Year; Madonna Davies for the Jean-Pierre Voos Theatre Award and Sta­ble on the Strand for Event of the Year.

PRES­TI­GIOUS: Vicki Sal­is­bury, Dr David Sal­is­bury and Marg Nay­lor at the awards night Julie Heath and Von­nie Van Bemm­bol sup­port the Townsville

arts com­mu­nity at its an­nual awards night

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