Friday, June 11, 2021


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Whitsunday Shines Bright

Shine Bright Whitsundays celebrated local artists and talented performers at Coral Sea Marina last weekend, as part of the Central Queensland Regional Arts Service Network (CQ RASN).

The Shine Bright festival was hosted in cooperation with Coral Sea Marina and CQ University to give local artist across Queensland an opportunity to perform in the new Covid world.

“The whole purpose is to employ local artists in local regional towns,” said CQ RASN project officer for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Region Wanda Bennett.

“We offer two levels of support: providing employment and promoting central Queensland artists.

“Part of CQ RASN is creating cross regional partnerships – where there’s need, we put organisers in contact with people.”

The Shine Bright Festival has been working its way across Queensland in a winding path, bringing more bespoke, smaller and intimate events to Queensland regions in an effort to help out smaller artists who struggled during covid.

The Whitsunday iteration of the festival was host to Skyhigh Juggling, Gypsysoldiers and Jacob Tully, who performed during a beautiful sunset at the marina.

The night featured a new collaborative digital artwork created over six weeks by six artists from across Queensland as well – with special mention to our very own local artist Brigette Peel.

The animation was a ‘Lord Of The Rings’ parody, where indigenous Australian animals that represented artists took the places of the Fellowship, trying to find a place in the covid world before creating the Shine Bright festival.

Skyhigh performed some daring acts in their ‘Caution – don’t try this at home’ fire show, where they twirled flaming torches in choreographed dance as the sun set behind them.

They were accompanied by the rhythmic harmonies of Gypsysoldiers, who can be caught at Airlie Beach Festival Of Music soon, and then the chill tunes of local musician Jacob Tully on the acoustic guitar.

The event was organised by Margie Murphy, Director of Airlie Events.

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