Thursday, July 29, 2021


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Whitsundays Arts Festival Fast Approaching

It’s only eight weeks out from The Whitsundays Arts Festival (WAF) 2021 taking place from 17-19 September on the Airlie Beach foreshore, and it’s set to be an enormous event this year.

This year’s festival is heating up, with movement workshops from renowned Townsville dance company Dancenorth Australia on Sunday, theatre performances by Astronomical – Full Throttle Theatre Company on Saturday evening, as well as puppet shows for the whole family just some of the smorgasbord of events.

Saturday will also host art workshops, including children’s book writing and illustration; weaving with recycled materials; abstract art; and digital animation on their website.

If you’re a local artist, make sure to enter the inaugural Whitsundays Arts Prize before it closes on 30 July, with a chance to win a $5,000 acquisition prize for the new Whitsunday Regional Council art collection.

There will be a beautiful lantern installation and community lantern making will take place two weeks prior to the festival at the fantastic workshop facility at Kipara Tropical Retreat run by guest artist Lily Podger.

President of Whitsunday Arts Festival Committee Jess Begun is extremely excited for the event.

“These festivals contribute tremendously to the vibrancy, resilience and cultural life of a community,” President of Whitsunday Arts Festival Committee Jess Begun said.

Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer, Tash Wheeler said the Whitsundays Arts Festival will be the best one yet.

“The Whitsundays Arts Festival plays a significant role in our region, there’s no event like it,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Mark the 17 – 19 September at Airlie Beach foreshore in your calendars because this is one colourful event you won’t want to miss!”

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