Leed­erville fair spreads its wings

Guardian Express - - CITY OF VINCENT -

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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