Rais­ing pro­file of lo­cal arts

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

This year’s inau­gu­ral Ar­row­town Spring Arts Fes­ti­val could be the be­gin­ning of some­thing big, or­gan­iser Julie Hughes be­lieves

Hughes was tasked with com­ing up with a new con­cept for a fes­ti­val in the spring shoul­der sea­son by the Ar­row­town Pro­mo­tion and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

She said there were a lot of fund­ing op­tions avail­able for the arts and the whole in­dus­try was un­der-pro­moted and un­der-utilised.

‘‘I feel we have an amaz­ing bunch of cre­ative peo­ple – pain­ters, sculp­tors – that aren’t be­ing pro­filed.’’

Ev­ery­body she had spo­ken to was keen to get in­volved and there would be at least 30 dif­fer­ent work­shops to at­tend as well as talks and per­for­mances.

‘‘We’re not just hav­ing artists or paint­ing but cre­at­ing some­thing that has no bound­aries. We can cre­ate what­ever we want, as long as it’s about teach­ing peo­ple new skills – show­cas­ing the re­gion as an artsy des­ti­na­tion and bring­ing out the best in the area. ‘‘

A key event would be 24-hour theatre with Re­mark­able Theatre where all those in­ter­ested gather on the Fri­day at 7.30pm and are given a ba­sic out­line. They re­turn the next morn­ing and spend the day cre­at­ing a play in­clud­ing cos­tumes, props and front of house and per­form at 7.30pm that night.

There would also be art work­shops and des­ti­na­tion tours pro­vid­ing for be­gin­ners to and ad­vanced stu­dents.

There would also be be­gin­ners’ knit­ting, gar­den sculp­ture, patch­work, pho­tog­ra­phy, ba­sic draw­ing with David Johns, a tour with sculp­tor Shane Wool­ridge, gallery ex­hi­bi­tions, two din­ners with artists at the post­mas­ters, green­stone carv­ing and a mar­ket day on the Sun­day.

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