Huge weekend of music and art
Organisers of the Murwillumbah Art Trail say the collaboration between their event and the Council-run Musicians Connecting Communities, or MC2 Festival, is a huge boost to their efforts to permanently change the character of the town.
A program of 24 local music acts will play at 10
Art Trail venues on Saturday 19 May, providing a soundtrack to the quickly growing event.
Art Trail Marketing Manager Pat Miller said music was a natural complement to the rest of the planned activities.
“Every year the Art Trail leaves vestiges of itself behind, which help to determine the identity of this town, and this year we are hoping the impact will be bigger than ever,” Mr Miller said.
“The collaboration with MC2 really did fall into our laps but it couldn’t have been more fortuitous as it adds a whole new platform for us to grow on and support.
“The Art Trail has quickly become a major economic and creative driver for artists in Tweed Shire and there is no reason it can’t do the same for local musicians.”
The fourth annual Murwillumbah Art Trail will feature 10 jam-packed days of exhibitions, workshops and other activities in 35 venues between Friday 18 and Sunday 27 May.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Moving On’, which, Mr Miller said, reflects the aftermath of last year’s flood.
“Last year’s Art Trail was a big success but coming just six weeks after the flood it wasn’t an occasion where people could really let their hair down and celebrate,” he said.
“This year the feeling in the community is very different going in and there is a real sense of anticipation the music festival will only enhance.”
The festival will provide a hometown showcase for acts such as North Tumbulgum duo Salt and Steel, who have just released their first EP and started touring up and down the East Coast.
Guitarist and vocalist Briony Edgar said those who attend may be surprised by the talent on display.
“There are so many amazing musicians in this area, it is just something we are so lucky to have,” she said.
For more information about the Murwillumbah Art Trail visit www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com.
North Tumbulgum duo Salt & Steel will be playing at The Haven Bar as part of the MC2 Festival on Saturday 19 May.