Huge week­end of mu­sic and art

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

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