First taste of new festival as it pre­pares for 2017

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AF­TER run­ning a creative arts festival in Brisbane for the last 17 years, Wendy Wil­son will be bring­ing the first ever edi­tion to the Whit­sun­days next year.

The Whit­sun­days Creative Arts Festival will be a week long event fea­tur­ing six days of creative work­shops taught by pro­fes­sion­als from across the world, gal­leries and dis­plays, a fash­ion show, a large shop with unique items and much more.

This week­end, lo­cals will get their first chance to see what the festival is all about with the Whit­sun­day Re­treat run­ning Friday, Satur­day, Monday and Tues­day.

There will be a free open day on Friday and Satur­day at the Palm House that will fea­ture many of the orig­i­nal projects for the 2017 event. There will be an em­broi­dery and felting sup­plies shop with unique prod­ucts brought in by their tu­tors.

From Friday to Tues­day there will also be the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a va­ri­ety of work­shops.

Ms Wil­son said there had al­ready been 90 in­ter­state book­ings for the festival next year.

“We’ll be bring­ing tu­tors in from Aus­tria, the United King­dom, South Africa, and all over Aus­tralia to teach th­ese work­shops,” she said.

“From be­gin­ners to ad­vance, if peo­ple have never tried any­thing be­fore, there will be things they can do.”

One of the big­gest draw­cards will be the em­broi­dery and tex­tiles shop that Ms Wil­son said would fea­ture items “peo­ple can’t get any­where”.

The gal­leries will fea­ture 100’s of orig­i­nal pieces. For more in­for­ma­tion about this week­end visit www.koala­con­ven­tions.com.au or call 0408 813 920.

NEW BE­GIN­NING: The re­treat will fea­ture work­shops and an open day as a pre­view to next year's festival.

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