Leederville fair spreads its wings
THE City of Vincent has taken its first step to becoming the arts capital of Perth by releasing its twoyear arts development plan.
The plan, worked on by the arts committee headed by councillor Jimmy Murphy, outlines projects the City will focus on in the next two years, which would include visual and performing arts.
Cr Murphy said the committee began with data collected through the Imagine Vincent community consultation, where the word ‘art’ featured in 400 responses.
“Just over a year ago this council endorsed our current arts priorities, which included our ambition to be the arts capital of Perth,” Cr Murphy said.
“This magnificent document is a set of great ideas and actionable items charting our course over the next two years towards realising this mission.
“The City has a clear plan instead of sitting around twiddling our thumbs doing another round of consultation.”
Mayor Emma Cole said some of the plan’s highlights included creating a jazz precinct in Northbridge, a Guerrilla Arts Project pilot, commissioning a major public artwork as an entry statement, establishing an artist coworking space and seeking an Aboriginal artist to join the advisory group.
Cr Murphy said there would also be an Instagram account dedicated to art.
View the two-year plan at www.vincent.wa.gov.au. THE Light Up Leederville Carnival format is graduating from a “teenager to an adult” with a format revamp.
The community and business organisation behind the annual event, Leederville Connect, is working to expand and diversify the format to deliver monthly events.
Group chairman Peter Capes said the carnival would be “refocused into a more community-orientated event” more closely linked to switching on the Christmas lights in the town centre.
He said the expanded program of smaller boutique events would keep the community engaged and provide more reasons to visit Leederville.
Committee member Nicholas Bond said the carnival format needed “a rest”.
“We’ve seen it start to flounder in other areas. The intent is to have more activity over a longer period of time rather than just a carnival that goes for a short period of time,” he said.
“We feel potentially the carnival is graduating from being a teenager into an adult. The committee looked at having activities monthly to attract people here more often than just a carnival once a year; there will be a calendar of events being developed.”
He said one idea was a food-based winter program and a town centre market to create “an urban village feel”.
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